We started as only a 3 month subscription. After the first few boxes we received we switched to a full year plan, enticed by the creative, and varied nature of the puzzles. Each box presents different types of puzzles often not found in other "escape-the-box" esque subscription services. With every box comes with online hints that helped us solve the box without giving the answer straightaway. We look forward to the second season of GMS which the creator is currently developing.
I got my third month and I'm fairly disappointed. I've enjoyed the first two puzzles, but this last one requires a cassette tape player. I'm not sure if you guys noticed, but it's 2019, and I don't have access to a tape deck, and honestly haven't in at least 5 years. Even a CD is hard to play these days, but when I can't even work the puzzle? What a let down :(
Oh no! While you totally can play the cassette tape to solve the puzzle (which comes with its own level of creepiness), you don't actually need to play it to proceed. The tools you need are all there. Still, we've tweaked the language on one of the included materials in case anyone else got caught up on the same thing. Thank you for being a member.
GMS sends out a monthly puzzle that is NEVER as straightforward as I think, and usually takes me a couple of days and more than one "aha!" moment to complete. I love how creative the various parts to these puzzles are, everything from a cassette tape to a coffee mug to mysterious phone numbers with cryptic answering machine messages. It's so much fun to have physical clues to manipulate, and that sets this puzzle subscription apart. I gave GMS as a gift to my daughters (and their husbands/partners), a friend and his wife, and my brother and his 14 year old son. All of them have had a blast working on it together and found it, as I have, interactive, challenging, a great bonding activity, and so much fun! If you're looking for a deviously clever monthly diversion, don't look any further -- GMS is the puzzle box you want! And it’s the perfect gift for that hard to buy for know-it-all-teen, game-loving Millennial, family gamenight aficionado, or sharp Baby Boomer.
GMS consists of a monthly mailing in which you are tasked with locating fragments of Einstein's brain. The mailings take the form of a single, multi-step puzzle of above average difficulty. Because each month's puzzle is focused on a single theme/item, there could be a mailing which misses the mark for you. However, I have found those misses to be few and far between. In fact, one of the early mailings is hands down the best single puzzle I've encountered from these subscription based puzzle boxes. I would recommend that any who appreciates complex and intricate puzzles give GMS a try.
I am enjoying this subscription. Packages have a lot of material in them, and puzzles are well done. If you enjoy detective puzzle boxes this one is a fun one to try.