Theme and Appearance: From the moment I opened locked boxes's first box, I was enamoured by the level of detail and attention given to this box. The theme is Pirates. Who doesn't love pirates? It wasn't even super pirate-y but enough that I enjoyed the theme to make itself unique. The box, the dice, the prize, all fit well into the Theme. I give it a 9/10 on theme. The next one is a dollhouse. I'm in! and thankful that so many of the science fiction escape rooms are not as big of an element here. There's only so many secret labs I can and want to escape from. That's what for me sets Locked Boxed escape rooms apart: Fantasy themes. I hope they continue is this vein of themes. Game Play My group of 4 people sat down and it took us about 1.5 hrs to finish the game. We enjoyed how the game started off easy, falsifying our confidence and then hitting us with a hard puzzle or two. Part of the reason it took us so long is that we are a stubborn group who demands exploring all options before accepting we needed a hint. For the most part I enjoyed the game play. The rules were well laid out aside from the "shelter" puzzle of box 1 where we were uncertain how to proceed. Despite that, the rest of box 1 worked for me. 8/10 Difficulty 8/10 This wasn't the easiest escape puzzle nor the hardest. I expect an escape room to be difficult, tricky and sometimes a little unfair. If i solved all the puzzles would I have enjoyed the game as much? Not sure, I haven't gotten there yet. The difficulty for Loxed Boxes was nicely in the middle of two. The team worked hard to strike that balance.By far, have i found it one of the most fun nights I have had in a long time. We left with smiles on our faces each pocketing our hard won bounty and made plans to play the next one. I think it's best played with middle aged teens and adults. Keep up the good work Locked Boxes.
Very unique and creative. The puzzles are fun and not overly complicated, but not simplistic either.
I always fear when a new product has a great launch, I worry that all their ideas have been front loaded and used up and they have nothing left to offer. Having received box 2 yesterday I’m ecstatic to announce that Boxed Locks 2 takes the concept to another level. There’s an interesting narrative....there’s a vast array of different puzzles, ranging from the simple to the hard as nails (and one of which makes you clap when you realise the trick)...there’s an evolution of the hint system should you need it....and there’s a narrative payoff right at the end that’s a beautiful capstone on the experience. Unreservedly recommended.