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. :-)
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
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!
This was our first Mystery Box. The solution was quite difficult and well contrived. Our group of 10 may have been too large for this as a few just wandered off mentally. However, the ones who liked this really liked it. I think a quarterly mystery would suit us best.
Hi Johnny! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on solving your first mystery. While ten players can certainly take part in the challenge, we recommend four players so each person has a complete idea of the storyline and objective for each puzzle. We are glad to welcome you to our team, Detective!
I can't answer any of the questions since my box has not arrived yet. PLease check my address info.
Hey Danielle, we shipped your package to the address and preferences that you set while placing your order. When we check the tracking of your shipment, we see that your package had a delivery attempt two weeks ago on March 3rd. We are always happy to assist our customers when they contact us directly about their order.
We have had a lot of fun with these boxes. Our team has gotten the hang of it and found a teamwork approach that is fun and effective. With that said, this box seemed much more difficult to us and we ran up against some frustration. We had to resort to looking at hints a couple of times.
I understand there is a balance to find between being too challenging and too simple. If anything, this box seemed to err on the side if being too challenging for our enjoyment.
Thank you for sharing your experience, JR. Some of our mysteries are seemingly more difficult than others so we added a 0 to 10 level of difficulty rating on each box. You can find this in the box description. Please do not feel bad for having to look at the Hint files. That is what they are there for....to give you a little nudge in the right direction. Thanks for hanging in there with us, Detective!
Lots of fun!
Thank you, Julia!
The box was a lot of fun, the materials inside it were of better quality than the delivery box itself. The only detractor was the extreme shipping time to Canada, but that's probably due to Covid and the horrible state that the USPS is currently in.
In terms of the puzzles, nothing was too hard or weird so you feel nice and clever by the end, unlike some games that require a bit too large a leap of logic.
I bought the 3 month subscription for a gift, and my niece and nephew are really enjoying it!
Thank you, Bonnie for choosing DMS for your gift! So glad to have Gabriella and Dave on our team of detectives!
I wanted something for a family with young children. These boxes are for adults and older adolescents. Oh, well.
Hey Janet, thanks for your feedback. We try to be as clear as possible on our listing about this with "Great gift for friends and family who love mysteries and puzzle-solving (recommended for age 13+). Crack the case alone or with a group of up to 4 people."
This was fun. We worked on it as a family and it was a happy evening activity. There were moments where we got a little bogged down in tedious activity but mostly we were entertained and challenged.
As always, we love hearing about families spending quality time together! Thanks so much for helping us restore the peace, Detectives!
It should be noted that a smartphone will be necessary throughout the game to participate.
Hey Katie, thank you for your feedback. We do have this information on our Cratejoy listing:
"Unbox a mystery! Solve a crime! Close the case!
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!
Stand-alone stories that don't require other boxes to complete. Start and stop each mystery at any point.
Interactive, online components that bring each story to life (Requires a QR code reader on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop and Internet access)
Great gift for friends and family who love mysteries and puzzle-solving (recommended for age 13+)
Crack the case alone or with a group of up...
I bought 6 month subscription for my wife for Christmas, and received it last week. She sat down and solved it in about 3 hours. She loves it she is very interested with crime related stuff. She is already looking forward to her next crate.
Sounds like you chose the perfect Christmas gift, Jeremy! Thanks so much for introducing our mysteries to your wife! We are always happy to add another detective to our society!
When I bought it, I was “guaranteed” that it would arrive by Christmas. Not only did it not, it wasn’t even shipped until after New Years and ended up being 3 weeks late. The person I bought it for enjoyed it, but the shipping was very frustrating.
Hey Kristina, we appreciate your feedback. We are sorry if you were under the impression of a "guaranteed" delivery date. We don't guarantee delivery dates and we never have in the 3 years of our company, for exactly this reason. You are correct that your order shipped out after New Years because that is our subscription and shipping policy. You purchased your subscription on December 16th. Our subscription and shipping policy is clearly stated in "Shipping Details" located directly under the Subscribe Now button and the Give as a Gift button. Here is our policy: "Subscriptions are taken from the first day of the month through the last day of the month at 6PM CST. Boxes ship to subscribers the first week of...
Shipping has been poor, most liability on USPS. Decent amount of fun however I don’t think I’ll renew after my 3 mos package.
Was an awful lot of fun!
Completed "A Dark and Stormy Night" with some friends, and had a great time!
The concept was clever the clues were hard but not too hard. I felt like a pro when I solved one. It's a nice 'Easter Egg' that the names in the box are actually subscribers. The absolute favorite part for my teenager was opening the box that had a note out of the 'trash,' and it was actually crumpled and balled up. That made the box personal and so very clever.
We are so glad you and your teenager are enjoying our boxes. Thank you for sharing your experience.
This is my first box and I dug in straight away as i wanted to have enough time to cancel my next months subscription if it was not up to par. I am glad to say, I enjoyed this very much and I am looking forward to my next box.
The only reason it 4/5 is because of the logic puzzle aspects. Don't get me wrong, they worked them into the story very well, but I am more interested in true detective work and deduction based on motive, means, and opportunity.
Thank you for sharing with us!
My girlfriends and I got together and worked this box last night and had a really great time. We were only able to solve 2 clues without use of the hint files, but we still had fun and are really looking forward to the next one!!
Great idea for girl's night! Thank You for taking the time to leave us a review.
Amazing. Just a bit pricing for me personal but it may be perfect price for you. Apart from price very well written and made!
Thank you for the review, Beth!
We enjoyed the first box so much, we purchased a 6 pack of the individual boxes so we have enough to do 2/month for a while. Excellent date night activity! I also like that none of the items inside are one time use, so we can gift the box when we’ve finished it.
The storylines/depth of problem solving could go another layer deeper, but overall for the price especially, it’s such a good time! I like that I’m not absolutely stumped on any of the puzzles, but some of them are really easy. There was one card that we didn’t realize was double sided (definitely our bad, obviously). We spent a couple hours trying to solve the associated puzzle, coming up with so many different much deeper ways this puzzle could have been solved. It was disappointing to realize we just didn’t notice the double sided card and the puzzle was not nearly as complex as we had thought it might have been.
Again, for that price, it’s a great time for date night! Love the connected-ness it requires!
Welcome to the Deadbolt Mystery Society, Teagon! We always love hearing how our boxes help create quality time for family and date nights! In this digital age, connected-ness seems to be lacking. Thank you for the review and sharing your thoughts. Hopefully, the next box will be a little more challenging for you :-)
Brayden Parker highly recommended several boxes to us. It was great!
This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing
Love the boxes so much fun for hours are game nights are so much fun
We are so glad you love our boxes!
We recently played the game Circus of Chaos. We had so much fun, and the clues were challenging but not impossible. When we got to the end however, we had 3 suspects left. We went back over the clues and still didn't think we could eliminate any of the remaining suspects. Based on circumstantial evidence, we picked one of the suspects remaining...and we were wrong. When we read the conclusion, of who the actual murderer was, all 6 of us playing were extremely disappointed. We KNEW what the motive was, but we had no reason to think that the actual murderer had this motive. In fact, the suspect we picked fit the story so much better. I should point out that all of us have done at least 6 different murder mysteries prior to this.
It made for a bitter end to an otherwise enjoyable game.
Hi Rochelle, we're sorry you feel the box was such a let down. We don't actually have a box named Circus of Chaos. If you're referring to Carnival of Chaos, however, we actually have explanations for how and why each suspect was eliminated on our hint page. Most of these are straightforward eliminations based on puzzle solutions. We're sorry you were displeased with the outcome and the overall ending. If you have any questions about the story itself, feel free to email us and we'd be happy to discuss further.