Enjoy immersive scenarios, intriguing characters, and original compelling stories with your friends and family! Every month subscribers receive a new stand-alone case file with everything needed to close the case & SOLVE THE MYSTERY! Give the gift of quality time! *New box theme and summary announced here at the beginning of each month.
A hidden message in The Valley Falls Observer leads to the conclusion that all is not what it seems. Is the message simply the result of a typo, a practical joke, or mere coincidence? Or is there a deeper conspiracy working behind the scenes of Valley Falls?
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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.
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....
Buy one and try it!
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: Can you reused boxes? If my husband and I get one, can we pass it to our friends afterwards?Asked by Rebecca B., January 2021
Yes. Just make sure you supply copies of crossword, search word, or those you might have to solve.
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 :-)
After completing my first box (the 2020 June box “Behind the Wall“) I became an instant fan of the Deadbolt Mystery Society. I went on to learn more about the company and their previous boxes and I just continued to fall in love. I began my quest to solve all of their boxes! Rich story and smart intuitive puzzles make for such a fun and unique experience. The quality of the box and its content is top notch. From the moment you start reading the brief you are woven into an experience, not just a game. It was easily one of the coolest things I have done this year. Definitely worth a try! They sell single boxes as well if you want to try it all out before subscribing.
We are so happy you are enjoying our boxes... subscriptions and one time boxes! Thank you for sharing you experience with us!
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!
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.
Thank your sister for us for getting you hooked on our mystery boxes! So glad to hear you are enjoying them. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on The Deadbolt Mystery Society. We really appreciate it!
As I mentioned when asked to review previously, I think that the Deadbolt Society does a GREAT job with the boxes themselves. They’re well put together. They’re interactive. They have great support.
The SOLE reason I subtracted 1 star for the overall rating is because Cratejoy gave it a 13+ for the recommended age range. When we subscribed we took this to understand that younger kids/teens (13-16) could easily enjoy it solo or with adults. Arguably, it’s NOT something that a couple of younger teens would be able to play without needing to use A LOT of hints/clues.
The boxes are challenging and fun. Don’t expect to breeze right through them. It’s a good time with the right group of people/friends.
Thank you, Kathryn, for sharing your thoughts on the DMS mysteries. We are glad to hear you are enjoying them. We have a 13+ rating on our boxes due to the subject matter contained within the stories. Although there is no nudity or profanity, there are references to murder. The puzzles are designed to be challenging but not impossible. Hopefully, kids ages 13 to 16 will continue working with our boxes and develop an appreciation for the creativity. :-)
These mystery boxes are immersive, excellently put together, and very well-thought out. I usually work them by myself, and it takes between 3 and 5 hours. I love working through them! A Deadbolt box is good for 1 person, a date night, or a larger group. I don't write on mine so when I am finished, I put it back together and share it with a friend. Thanks, Matt Dowdy, for getting me hooked on them.
Amanda, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience with us! Our creative team does a fantastic job writing stories and incorporating puzzles that bring everything together full-circle. We greatly appreciate the recommendation and the photos you shared!
I didn’t even know this type of thing existed until my friend Kim Williams started working at Deadbolt Mystery Society…and now I’m HOOKED! One game in and I’m ready to tackle the next one. So much fun and a great way for our whole group of friends to bring out our inner sleuths! Two thumbs way up!!!!!
Thank you for the two thumbs up and for sharing your picture! We love seeing the faces of fellow detectives! So glad you enjoyed The Dark and Stormy Night and looking forward to your next case!
Absolutely love love love these incredible boxes!! The artwork, the stories, and the puzzles, all of it is amazing! I highly recommend these to any and everyone that will listen to me!!!
Thank you so much for the glowing recommendation, Jade! We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. Don't forget to share your personal link for referrals to receive your free box! We count ourselves lucky for customers like you and look forward to working with you again in the future.
I have autoimmune disease and I'm on constant oxygen so leaving the house doesn't happen and watching TV and movies is great but I'm so happy I found this it gives me my own escape from being trapped I started with one box and then went all out with buying the one time boxes every month I cant wait to crack open a new box and have my mind aroused I absolutely love this.
We are so honored that our mysteries are able to provide you with an escape, Angelica! The Will Street Detective Agency thanks you for your service and we, here at The Deadbolt Mystery Society thank you for your support and recommendation. Happy sleuthing, Detective!
If you can see the image I've uploaded, then you can tell how much we love Deadbolt Mystery Society! The most recent box we did (Beneath The Surface) was by far the best and we can't wait for what they have in store for us next month!
The boxes have so many layers, in box and online, with reasonable but tricky puzzles! Typically a box will take my wife and I 2-3 hours to complete without hints. This last box took us a few days, spending a couple hours each day (hey, we have kids, and they like to interrupt), and that was a good thing! We definitely get lots of value from our subscription.
I cannot recommend this subscription enough! Why are you still reading this?? Go start your subscription!!
Wow! That is quite a collection! Thank you so much for your kind words and recommendation, Zak! We really appreciate you taking time to share the experience you and your wife have had solving the DMS mysteries! Love your sense of humor, Detective!
A group of co-workers employed by a Valley Falls travel agency have been given an incredible opportunity. What should be a week of paradise turns to a week of terror when one of the guests is found dead with a harpoon through the back. Trapped on an island with a bloodthirsty killer, the body count is certain to go up as the suspect list goes down. Pack your bags and grab your sunscreen for Last Resort. Sand. Sun. Slay.
Summary: The 80’s were a decade of big hair, MTV, video games, outrageous clothing, and fun. The Valley Falls High School “Class of ‘86” is having a Blast From the Past reunion to relive the glory days of their youth and see old friends that they’ve lost touch with over the years. The reunion is a roaring success until the principal is found strangled to death in his office. Only someone from the reunion could have killed him. But who? Solve the case and find out!
When an extreme scavenger hunt results in the murder of one of the participants, the remaining five players become the primary suspects. Play the game that has been set into motion and be prepared to go into the deepest, darkest spots of Valley Falls to find the killer. The Hunt is on!
Summary: A dog wanders up to the front steps of The Will Street Detective Agency. A note has been tucked into his collar. The note is written by a woman named Mary who has been kidnapped and is being held somewhere in town. Retrace the dog's steps, use clues that the dog may have picked up unknowingly, and find the house where Mary is being kept. But beware! There is more to this case than meets the eye. See if you can find what lurks...Beneath the Surface!
Coming March 2021: The Watcher Subscriptions will be taken from Feb 1 – Feb 28 at 6PM CST Allison Zeller has a secret admirer. She thinks the mysterious guy is sweet enough at first until his behavior escalates past simple admiration and spirals into full-blown obsession. Someone is stalking her and growing impatient that they can't have her. This infatuation culminates in a full-blown attack on Allison's life, leaving her at death's door. It's likely that whoever
When the McClain family's coat of arms is stolen, any of the thirteen family members could be the culprit? Can you determine the identity of the thief and recover The Inheritance?
Help The Will Street Detective Agency and mystery author, Rosemary Clark, solve a locked-room mystery that has ties to another unsolved murder at The Ambrosia Hotel that took place in the 1930's.
Description: The Valley Falls Museum is home to some of the world’s most exciting art exhibits and archeological finds. It has a wonderful ancient history curator in Albert McCain. However, a successful heist of the museum one evening also results in the death of McCain. Authorities arrest fellow museum employee, Noah Parker, and charge him with robbery and murder. Parker calls you and proclaims he’s not guilty. Can you find the evidence to prove he was framed?
Valley Falls has recently been hit by a wave of strange deaths. Five individuals have perished in accidents, yet a card with the image of a spider was found near each body. Were these more than mere accidents? Who is The Spider? Investigate our newest case and find out!
Our November 2020 box is Museum Nocturnus. Investigate a paranormal museum and determine who murdered Father Richter Casey.
When a courier for Coyote Parcel Service needs a signature for the envelope he is supposed to deliver to 148 Nightingale Lane, he peeks through the window in hopes of getting the owner's attention. What he sees is a room covered in blood-soaked plastic. Could there be a logical explanation for such a sinister sight? Or has he stumbled upon the lair of a madman? Explore the house on Nightingale Lane and find out.
A nighttime game called The Circle goes horribly wrong and a woman ends up dead the next day. Could the game have something to do with the woman's death? Is the death the result of something supernatural or is there a killer on the loose? Enter The Circle and find out.
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