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Q: Is this something that would be good for a group of 4-6 people? Not sure if it is better for just 2 people or can be adapted for a larger group. Asked by Megan H., May 2019
4 to 6 people could do it... Sometimes there is a bit of up front reading involved. We take turns reading / overacting those parts out loud (as well as the final solution) which is super fun... Then everyone could work on one of the many puzzles and report their findings to the group....
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I think 2-3 is best since you are reading from a device (laptop or tablet). We have had more people and then used 2 devices.
A group of 4-6 people could definitely do this. We have quite a few people who have monthly mystery dinners and enjoy good food and company while solving our mysteries.
We have done it with 3 and 4 people. I think more than 4 may be too many especially if everyone wants to be really involved. 3 was a great number, it also depends a little on the box and the skill level of who you are working with.
4-6 people could play just fine as most of the mysteries aren't linear.
I think you could do it with more than 2 people or a group. You could assign certain people to different puzzles (tasks, etc.). You may want to make copies of everything for all that are playing
Q: This is a gift. can 1st box be sent to me in time for Christmas and then rest sent to them at different address?Asked by Gina A., December 2019
Were you able to have this done? I am curious as I am giving as a Christmas gift
Yes, that can be done. You would just need to contact us via email and we can set that up for you.
Q: The description reads "some Internet access required via smartphone or tablet". Can it be accessed through a laptop? Also, is this something that one person can do on their own?Asked by Laura W., November 2019
As some other people have answered, there are QR codes that must be scanned. Once scanned they have you download a file or sometimes redirect to YouTube. Recently they had us send an email to a specific address that provided some answers and more clues.
And yes this is totally doable on your own.
We like to use an iPad (tablet). You can even use a phone (or two).
There are QR code’s that need to be scanned to follow a link. It wouldn’t work with a laptop I don’t believe. You could solve it as one person if you wanted to.
This is definitely something one person can do on their own. A laptop could be used as long as it has a camera and the ability to scan and read QR codes.
Q: Does each mystery box build on the last, or are there new mysteries every time?Asked by Michelle J., April 2019
Each box is it's own self-contained mystery, requiring no knowledge of prior boxes. However, there are some very minor references and easter eggs that are fun for people who have done multiple boxes (and they are so minor that you miss nothing if you don't even get them). Again, no knowledge of prior boxes is needed. Each stands alone. That was a big concern for me, too, when I was deciding on what box to subscribe to, so I understand...
Each of our boxes are stand-alone mysteries. They all take place within the same universe so you will see characters or locations appear in multiple boxes. But they are not written where you have to solve one box before solving another.
No, each month is different.
Each box is a brand-new mystery.
WOW! Simply wow! We LOVED this. What an awesome date night game! Perfectly put together, lasted a couple of hours. We were NEVER bored and guessing until the very end. We ordered Sanitarium as a trial and we are for sure going to be monthly subscribers! Thanks for the fun!
That's awesome! We love hearing about quality date night time. Thank you for the review and for being a subscriber! I am sure Nurse Edgarton would be appreciative of your efforts :-)
I can’t say enough about how much I love the deadbolt mystery boxes! My sister bought me 3 of them for my birthday last year. I ended up buying myself three more boxes as well as a subscription. Fun for the family, with friends, or even to do on your own. No regrets with these at all!! Looking forward to more boxes in the future.
We absolutely love being a part of the Deadbolt Mystery Society! The puzzles are challenging but solve able, the story lines are great and so much fun! This is the perfect stay-in date night for parents or anyone who isn’t into the bar scene. We have almost all of the individual purchase ones that you can possibly buy and I have signed up for a subscription because I just can’t get enough.
If you're here reading this then you, like I was, are probably trying to sort out which subscription mystery box to sign up for among the many ones out there. I did the research you are most likely doing now and I settled on Deadbolt Mystery and I am glad I did. Deadbolt was everything I was looking for. Hopefully, my comments here will help you with your decision.
I've done three of their boxes so far (WANTED, COPYCAT, and INFECTED), so I thought I have seen enough of their content to have an informed review. I am doing their monthly subscription box. I have not ordered any of the one-off specialty boxes.
It's not that helpful to just say I love the box. Because you need to know what I was looking for. Let me explain that a bit.
I wanted something cooperative, of moderate difficulty (not too hard, not too easy), self-contained, professionally done with quality components, good writing, not a lot of hand-holding, and I wanted a mystery more than an escape room vibe. DMS delivered on all of those. And on top of that they are really professional, have a great online community and their shipping is timely and like clockwork. No waiting for boxes, they run like a well-oiled machine.
My brother and I are older now and live in different states. We both love puzzles and we wanted a fun way to keep in touch each month. We had tried Mysterious Package Company and...
Thanks a million for your detailed review of The Deadbolt Mystery Society! We do our best to create intriguing stories and challenging puzzles with each of our subscription boxes. We are glad you are enjoying them and appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences!
My wife gave me a subscription DMS for my birthday this year, and after completing my first mystery (Dark and Stormy Night), I was hooked. Not wanting to wait for my next subscription box to be delivered, I purchased a 5 mystery bundle. I cannot wait for the new arrivals and fully plan to scoop up any of the other boxes that I can find.
I bought the Dark and Stormy Night box as a gift for my sister and we loved it! The puzzles were the perfect amount of difficulty, not too easy and not too hard. I accidentally ordered the wrong box and the company fixed my error and shipped out the box I wanted immediately. We had an item missing from our box, but after emailing the company they responded right away and sent me the items both over email and in the mail. Fantastic customer service. Definitely recommend!!
DMS ROCKS! I wanted a box that would provide me with a good mix of puzzles to solve, a great story to read and an immersive experience-they do it BEST! Their boxes have nicely detailed, high-quality items. There aren't spelling, grammatical or logic errors in their materials. The clues and puzzles are clever and challenging. Making you think, but not so difficult you want to quit. If you do get stuck, they provide a variety of ways to get help. DMS boxes are interesting, fun and engaging. Puzzle solutions and story conclusions all make sense. And, unlike another company, they do NOT repeat stories or props. I love that DMS mysteries vary and they have elements of adventure, suspense, horror and the supernatural. Plus, customer service is outstanding - very responsive, friendly and helpful. DMS truly appreciates their customers and are genuinely interested in what their customers think.
What a wonderful review! Thank you for taking the time to detail what The Deadbolt Mystery Society is all about! We work hard behind the scenes making sure we bring only the best to each and every box we create.
I got interested into escape rooms and puzzle boxes with my friends and wanted new challenges to solve. I decided to subscribe solely on the review of another customer which I felt was honest and exactly what I was looking for. That review basically mentions how Deadbolt Mystery Society succeeds in finding that "Sweet spot" of challenge and difficulty. You shouldn't get frustrated. All the clues are self contained. No internet searches for braille codes or googling morse codes are needed. There are hint files and a community of helpful detectives on standby for quick help with a case.
One thing that DMS excels at is their variety of boxed mysteries. Unlike other boxed subscriptions you aren't limited to starting from a beginning that spans several boxes before getting to the story you want. Each storyline is completed in a single 2-3 hour box. They have a large variety of one-time purchases that can be bought in any order without a subscription. So you'll always find something to suit your taste. The game does use a QR codereader which I found more enjoyable to track your progress. You will use it to confirm your answers and eliminate suspects. Unlike other puzzle boxes which lead you up to a final website password, If you are incorrect you don't know where to backtrack and find your mistake. With the QR codes you can work...