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 picked this box because it really caught my attention. It was very appealing to my eyes and the design and colors of this box really popped out to me. The black and white picture was one of my favorites to do. Thanks Kamryn for sharing this with me
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Baily. Our creative teams work closely together to bring each box to life so we are glad you like it.
Our group of 5 loved playing Museum Nocturnus. Everyone could participate as much (or as little) as they wanted. Since it was our first venture, we had a little trouble getting started, but things picked up quickly from there.
Took us 3.5 to 4 hours. An enjoyable afternoon with friends. Thanks, Eddie Smith, for introducing us to Deadbolt.
We were encouraged to pass the box along, but the "consumable" paper clue cannot be re-used. Perhaps, it could be available to re-print from the internet site?
Welcome to The Deadbolt Mystery Society, Karon! We are so proud of you for pushing through and closing your first case! We recommend using scratch paper or making a copy of items that require tracing, etc. I will pass along your suggestion regarding consumables to the creative team. Thanks so much for the 5-star rating and for sharing your photos with us, Detective! Well done!
Got Museum Nocturnus as a gift from my brother, GO TEAM EDDIE!,
We have a group that does TTRPG and decided this was a great change from our usual games. Mystery was well written, box was well organized, and easy to follow. The story wasn't easy to follow, you had to pay attention to it, which made is a good mystery. Clues were there, but you had to find them, they just weren't handed to you. Had to use the hint files once, near the beginning, to kid of get us into to grove of puzzle solving. Puzzles were engaging without being impossible to solve. Would recommend this series highly to anyone who likes mysteries and puzzle solving!
Mike S and friends!
Mike, welcome to The Deadbolt Mystery Society and thank you for sharing your experience and photos with us! Well done closing the Museum Nocturnus case, Detective. Thanks for the recommendation. We appreciate it!
I love the little pieces that are in the boxes. The stickers are adorable. I also like the little dog tag with the dogs name on it. Thanks Kamryn for showing us this. All the nurses loved it. It was something fun to do after our long shifts.
We are glad to hear you enjoyed Beneath the Surface, Tiffany! Thank you for the recommendation! We appreciate you.
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!
Are you ready for a challenge? The Terminal Mystery Box was very difficult. One seasoned adult, two escape room experienced adults and a 12 year old had to call on Crystal for clues and hints. In the end we still failed. But had some laughs while working on family communication skills! Looking forward to the next box!
Many of your fellow detectives realize their puzzle-solving skills increase with each case closed. Hopefully, you will enjoy the next one more. We are glad to see you still made some fun memories, Cat!
This box was not what I expected. A vacation from the bad place. Solving the mystery was a lot of fun though. The graphics were awesome. Thanks for sharing Crystal
Our creative team strives hard to create graphics that really bring the game to life! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed solving the Last Resort mystery, Talia! Thanks for helping us close the case!
This was not our first time playing a mystery box/ escape room box but it was the first time we had a BLAST playing one!
We have 3 DMS boxes under our belt and can't wait to get our hands on the next.
These are perfect for solo or group play with a ton of story packed into the box. If you are on the fence about trying, trust me it is well worth your time and price! We are now customers for life. Thanks DMS!
Way to go, Detective! Thank you for helping us restore the peace in Valley Falls! We appreciate the 5-star rating and recommendation!
My aunt Kamryn has all different kind of boxes and sat down to do one with me. Some puzzles were a little hard for me but there were some that I could solve easy. I like that I can play some of these games because now I can join my family when they do them.
Kiersten, we are so proud of you for taking on this case and restoring the peace in Valley Falls! Thanks a million for the 5-star rating.
Dark & Stormy is one of my favorites so far! I enjoyed figuring out which profession went with each character and loved the surprise ending. I'm so glad Michele Smith shared it with me! Great job Deadbolt! Keep those mysteries coming.....can't wait for my next case!
We are glad to see you are as excited about the next mystery as we are! Thank you for the recommendation and for sharing your thoughts on The Dark and Stormy Night, Abby!
Had a blast, huge thanks to Chance Holland for showing me these boxes. Pretty challenging, for me, definitely recommend.
Thanks so much for the recommendation and for sharing your awesome photos, Michael! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the Last Laugh mystery and appreciate your help in closing this case!
Most fun you can have without going to jail or getting drunk. One of the coolest ideas for a game in a long time. Great way to have tons of fun. Thank you to Chance Holland for showing me this game.
We are pleased that the Lair mystery kept you entertained and out of jail, James! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and fabulous photos!
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!
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. :-)
Absolutely love the boxes I have had so far. Challenging and so rewarding. If you get stuck, they also give you hints so you don’t get too frustrated. My friend, Sarah, told me about them, and will be a loyal customer from now on!
We love seeing pictures of our fellow detectives at work! Thank you so much for the recommendation, Alex. We appreciate you!
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!
What a great rainy summer day family activity! 90 minutes around the table solving puzzles was very rewarding. The Carnival of Chaos was just the right level and our Deadbolt Mystery contact Crystal knew it! The box had everything we needed to dig in and discover the mastermind. My seventh grader solved whodunnit, he is so proud! I recommend these Deadbolt Mystery Society boxes to all, bxes would also make great team building activities!
We are excited to hear how much you enjoyed the Carnival of Chaos mystery! Sounds like you guys had a blast and we are so proud of your 7th grader as well! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and for the 5-star review, Detective! We appreciate it!
Thanks Hannah Patterson for the introduction. Great family game idea.
Yes, it is! We love hearing how our mysteries are bringing families together and creating quality time with one another! Welcome to The Deadbolt Mystery Society, Brenda!
A mystery box to play with friends. Thanks Hannah Patterson for the introduction.
Thank you for helping us close The Watcher case, Detective! We appreciate your assistance!
AWESOME DATE NIGHT FUN! Thanks Hannah Patterson for the introduction.
DMS mysteries are perfect for date night and much less expensive than dinner and a movie! Welcome to The Deadbolt Mystery Society, Sharon!