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. :-)
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!
After receiving a similar type mystery box as a Christmas present, I started looking for more and came across an ad for DMS. I bought a few boxes, then a few more, then a lot more, and then finally gave in and bought a subscription! Whenever my daughter is home from college we have so much fun working on these! Some are very challenging, but always so much fun! Lots of variety, good quality! I highly recommend these!
We are so grateful that you chose to give DMS mysteries a try....and then another try....and another! We love hearing that so much and are happy to know we have a tiny part in the memories you are making with your daughter! Thank you for sharing your experience and for the 5-star review, Lynn!
I bought this box on as when November was transitioning to December. I wouldve liked it if i couldve gotten this box before Christmas but hey, 1 day too late is better than like 1 week too late. This box looks interesting, however I was originally bought this box to get the Framed theme but The Spider def does look interesting to play. Tbh, i dont hate this subscription, Im only going to done one and done as i only got this as a gift for my uncle
I am a reader, so for me it’s all about the story. I also love puzzles and connecting the dots. DMS gives me both in each game. As I solve the ciphers and puzzles, I unlock more story, and by the time I’m done, I feel like I know each character personally. Well done! I love everything about their games.
Thank you so much for the glowing recommendation, Clarisse! The DMS writers are awesome at creating intriguing stories that keep you guessing until the very end! We appreciate you sharing your thoughts about our mysteries, Detective!
I am only able to really rate customer service and shipping - as I have not received this! I purchased this on 11/18 for a Christmas gift. It shipped on 12/4. On 12/14 I got a request to review it which prompted me to check the tracking. It seemed the package was stuck somewhere since 12/7. Now it is 12/24 and no box, so no Christmas gift for my sister. This company's customer service is quite disappointing as they have not responded to any of my requests for help. A company with good customer service would have re shipped the box so that I had it for Christmas. Very disappointed. I hope that this box arrives and that we do not have issue with the next two boxes. I do not recommend- the other three crates I ordered on crate joy have excellent customer service. Fast shipping and quick response to questions and issues. Go with one of those escape room crates.
Thanks for the recommendation, Dan! We appreciate it.
I love these boxes! They are much more affordable than other similar subscription services, and the cases are great quality and just as creative. I look forward to my next box every month! :)
Hello Kelley! We are thrilled to hear you look forward to the next mystery just as much as we do! Thank you for the 5-star review and your recommendation!
Great box every time. Company is easy to reach out to and very helpful. 10/10 would recommend.
10 out of 10.....we are so happy to see that! Thank you for the 5-star review and your recommendation, Caroline. We appreciate it!
Absolutely LOVE their games! I look forward to opening every single box - and I've tried lots of other similar mail-order mystery games (some cheaper, some more expensive) and these are simply the best - story lines are interesting and entertaining, the puzzles and codes to crack are very challenging (usually too hard for me - but their hint system is just enough to help out without taking away the fun of cracking the code) I highly HIGHLY recommend these games to anyone who loves mysteries, escape-rooms and interactive and immersive games!
Thank you so much for the kind words, Detective! We appreciate your support and are happy to hear you are enjoying our mysteries!
We love these boxes. We used to do Hunt A Killer but I feel the mysteries here are much more enjoyable. We love the story lines and have fun blindly picking who we think the killer is first thing. Somehow my husband is always lucky. Such a fun game!
We count ourselves lucky to have detectives on our team with such keen senses! Thank you for the recommendation and for helping us restore the peace in Valley Falls, one case at a time!
Loved it would recommend!
Thank you for the recommendation, Melody! We agree.....everyone needs to try our mysteries at least once! :-)
Love these! I’m totally addicted! I’m collecting them all and one of my boxes came crushed and deadbolt sent me a new one the same week! I love them!
We love you too, Patricia! I am so thankful we were able to get your replacement box out quickly. Thank you for the recommendation and for sharing your thoughts regarding The Deadbolt Mystery Society.
Out of all the mystery subscription boxes out there, The Deadbolt Mystery Society is the best. There boxes are just right, not too hard, not too easy and the items you get in the box that you use for clues are really cool. Also, their Facebook community makes you feel very welcomed and help if you get stuck without giving away the answer. I've bought many stand alone mysteries and recently subscribed for their monthly subscription. I can't wait till the first box gets here. Thanks crate-joy for making it easy to navigate thru your site and offering the best range of subscription boxes.
We are thrilled to have you on our team of detectives, Esther! Thank you so much for the kind words and for giving a shout out to our fabulous fellow sleuths in the Facebook group. We appreciate your support and look forward to sharing many more mysteries with you!
"Scavenger" was my 3rd mystery to solve. I had 3 additional brand new detectives join me. We had a great time and it took us 5 hours to figure it out using the hint files. We all loved it! It would be nice to include the rope in 2nd envelope. Luckily we used dental floss instead. Great Job and looking forward to my next 5 subscription boxes!!!
We are so excited to see The Howlee Detective Agency growing and thankful to have your help solving all these mysteries! The rope is really small and may have been overlooked in the envelope but no worries. I am sending you one today for future use. I am quite amazed at your ingenuity of using the dental floss ~ Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and for the review, Detective!
A friend sent me Framed as a first box. My partner and I did it to get some time off-screen, and it was a great adventure. Now we are subscribers and are working on another box with our friend. We Zoom, spend a couple of hours figuring things out (mostly together, but also separately and then share), and have some laughs. We take our time, so the box is a really good value (each box takes us about 4 hours, spread out over a week or two). The materials are high-quality, from the plot to the props. We did our first box twice! Highly recommend!
We are so happy you are enjoying your mysteries!
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.
Erin, we are thrilled to hear how much you are enjoying the mysteries! Thank you for your support and awesome review :-)
Just figured I would drop by and give my praise (Easthaven Forest Box). My wife and I cracked into our first box of many last night and were both glad we did. With four kids and busy work schedules date nights are impossible, so this was our way of having one. Upon opening the box and laying out the contents we thought it would be to challenging but after beginning and finding our first clues and linking together puzzles we were both smiling big and high fiving. We were not able to complete it in one sitting of course but we had a blast and can not wait to figure out who is the murderer. So thank you for taking my wife and I on a much needed date. I personally can not wait for more now that we have a date night activity!
We are so happy you chose to spend date night with the Deadbolt Mystery Society! Sending smiles and high fives back at you helping the Will Street Detective Agency bring justice to Valley Falls! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience Clifford!
The Blast from the Past box was fun and had a lot of great 80s pop culture references that made it extra enjoyable. That being said, I think a few of the puzzles seemed great on paper but where very confusing in terms of reality. Overall not bad and looking forward to next months mystery!
Hi Kathryne! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on Blast from the Past with us. We are sorry to hear that some of the puzzles were confusing to you but are so grateful that you pressed on, figured them out and closed the case, Detective! Well done!
My small gaming group has really enjoyed these boxes! The use of a mixture of manipulatives and digital files has been especially excellent during COVID times. With a bit of forethought and preparation, we can play these mystery boxes through video chat and text message (to send pictures and QR codes). We will continue to play these boxes with our long-distance friends even when COVID restrictions ease!
We love that you have a regular gaming group and everyone is able to participate long distance! Thank you so much for not allowing COVID to interfere with restoring justice to Valley Falls! Thank you for the 5-star review, Detective. We appreciate it!
....and now I'm on a monthly subscription! I just finished my second Deadbolt Mystery box and I LOVE them! The attention to detail is amazing. The different types of clues are just great. They even use different types of paper depending on the clues. Old letter? Fragile feeling (but still sturdy, how do they do that?). Pictures of the suspects? Glossy thick professional looking/feel paper. I love that hints AND solutions are offered and they are in different locations so you can't accidently see the solution if you just want a hint on where to look or what to do next. My second one was harder than the first but the challenge was good.
The Will Street Detective Agency is very thankful for your services! We do try to give each box a little something different and appreciate your thoughts on the different textures and weights we use. How we do it will have to remain a MYSTERY, I'm afraid :-). Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, Ren!