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!
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 :-)
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.
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.
I gave a one time box (The Dark and Stormy Night) as a gift for a friend's birthday, and we solved it together with a couple other friends. It was so much fun! The story was interesting (it gave me Clue and Knives Out vibes), and the puzzles challenging especially cause we had never done one of these boxes before. There were moments of frustration, but we refused to use the hint files and when the pieces started to fit together it was all the more exciting.
Thank you for sharing! We are so glad to hear you are enjoying our mysteries!
I love there mystery boxes and I love the cases!
We are glad to hear that you love our mysteries. Thank you for sharing!
Just finished the Toymaker Box. The puzzles were really great and the story as well. I loved the need to use multiple sources for clues. I am fairly new to the mystery box games and have looked for one that can be done for a few hours each week while awaiting the next box. In that respect this fit the bill pretty well. I have only one issue, there doesn't seem to be a linear path from start to finish. All the puzzles are just there, I solved some right away but then solved others later that would have made the previous puzzles easier to solve. simply knowing which puzzle to start with and a clear path would have made the whole experience. That said I have 6 more boxes to work with. Thank you for making an awesome weekend!
You are most welcome Jennifer! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!
My husband and I play computer adventure/hidden object games, and I was looking for something a little more "hands-on." This was great! I admit it took me a little while to understand how to play the game (what? No step-by-step instructions?), but once I figured it out it was fine. Clues don't necessarily have to be uncovered in order, although some things lead to another thing. So just knowing where to start was my issue. The puzzles were challenging (sometimes I made it harder than it was), but for our first time with this kind of game, it was good. It took me two tries to figure out the killer. After my first wrong answer, I just went back and methodically went over the clues again. So I solved it the 2nd time thru. I love this idea!
Thanks Jennifer! We appreciate your feedback and thank you for the recommendation!