My "Tomb of the Pharoahs" box was just a collection of papers to read + one phone number to call. No ciphers, just one "call this number for a message" type clue that had me visit a certain URL. Kept me busy for exactly so long as to read everything. Once I read all the materials, there was nothing else to do, I had eliminated all the suspects but one. Some of the things mentioned in the newspaper did seem interesting, though, and I like the idea of a continuous story.
The box was pretty short and very ... direct... as these things go. Their other mysteries might be more in-depth. I immediately canceled after this box because I didn't think the value was great.
Shipping was pretty fast, though, and the box showed up in good condition.
I can just echo EVERYTHING said in the fellow one-star reviews. I had a long, well-thought-out essay written on ALL of my issues with this company about 6 months or so ago, but looks like the company reset its reviews again!
Customer service is terrible. They are rude, unprofessional and patronizing.
I’m only here because my friend just asked me if I had heard of the company because she was interested in subscribing... YEP I had! Glad to see they’re still up to their old antics.
Now to countdown the time until they respond rudely, perhaps accuse me of being racist as they did to another reviewer, or make up another lie. Good luck continuing to silence people and cause fear of the smallest dissent in your Facebook group.
There are MANY other options. Don’t waste your time or money.
I got this box and completed the mystery. It had a lot of potential, but some of the puzzle solutions were VERY illogical and unsatisfying. I voiced my concerns on a Facebook post of theirs, and the comment was promptly deleted and I was in fact blocked from commenting on the page ever again.
Their defense was that they asked "what did you ENJOY about the box?" and my comment was constructive criticism rather than sheer praise, and so I "didn't answer the question," which violated their (non-existent) guidelines. I think that's pretty absurd, but you can decide for yourself.
I also find their billing practices shady - their boxes ship out on the 21st, and you probably won't get them till the 27th or 28th. They charge for the next month on the 30th, so in all likelihood you'll be charged for the next month before you can even finish the first. Perhaps their business model is people like me, whom they can squeeze two boxes out of before they have a chance to react.
Your experience may vary. If the box was great, I would have let the weird customer service slide, and vice versa. Unfortunately not the case on either end.
I love puzzles, figuring people out and their motivations, and reading between the lines. I stopped going to movies long ago because I could always figure out the plot and what was going on etc., so it became boring for me.
Then I ran across Mystery Experiences Company and OMG, I've had to start using my brain again! No longer is it something where I can glance at it and go "oh so-n-so did it and here's why", now I have to actually dig and think and research, and rethink things and sometimes, I hate to admit, I cannot figure it out (ok so then I cheat and see what the solution is).
I love this. I am keeping my brain active, thinking things thru, not just taking at face value, looking at deeper meanings, for connections, obscure seemingly throw-away articles in the paper.
I just have to say Thank You for making this such an enjoyable experience. I love it so much and am so glad I stumbled across your website last year. I now lurk on the various FB pages and read people comments and find myself nodding in agreement with them or even going OMG I never thought of that!
Keep up the great work, I am so looking forward to next month's mystery.
My family and I look forward to the latest mystery from the Mystery Experiences Company each month. My wife and I play with our teenage children. It is a great way to spend quality time together. Some puzzles are more difficult than others but you can receive help through the Facebook community. The mysteries are well worth the money!
I've been solving these mysteries for over a year now, and it's the best money spent in my budget. I get some friends together for a potluck dinner and solve the newest mystery. There's also a bigger mystery that connects each monthly story, which is fun to watch unfold. The FB group is amazingly supportive, and point you in the right direction if you're stuck. Sometimes our group solves the mystery easily, and we've been dead wrong a couple of times, but either way we have so much fun. Puzzles, codes, red herrings, rumors, odd clues....I love this company and anxiously await my shipment each month!
I have been a member for two years and love this box. If you love puzzles and have always wanted to be a detective this is the box for you. I can not recommend it highly enough. You won’t be disappointed.
I was introduced to this subscription box in the Fall of 2016...I took my first steps into Forrest City and I don't ever plan to leave!
First, what this is not...It is not an RPG, a true-crime series, a horror mystery, science fiction stories, or a puzzle box...yet it is also all of the above!
These monthly mysteries take place in the mysterious, vaguely placed, Forrest City. This is a city that has seen inhabitants and mysterious since the original French fur trappers arrived in the 1600s and has only gotten stranger, more beautiful, and more deadly!
Each month you, as a resident of this city, receives a mysterious box as different forces in the city attempt to use you to solve crimes, uncover mysteries, and solve puzzles.
Each month is a self-contained story that is solvable with the contents of the box, and any websites, phone-numbers, or emails that you discover.
There are also over-arching mysteries (the meta-mystery) that delve into the history of the city and its denizens that really bring it to life. This is the part the brings me most into the game, as each month unlocks more knowledge, more ideas, and more speculation for me to add to my notebooks, murder-boards, and database!
You should be able to solve a box in anywhere from 1-4 hours in a small group, or 3-5 hours by yourself (depending on how quickly you use the internet to solve ciphers and puzzles versus decoding them...
Mystery Experiences are more fun than I ever imagined they could be. They are meticulously detailed, and filled with historical facts and fiction that keep it entertaining and challenging. If you enjoy solving puzzles and delving into well-crafted mysteries, then jump into the world of Forrest City, with its unusual and frightening past, it’s quirky but likable residents, and it’s local businesses that become so real and familiar, you will be tempted to pop in for a slice of key lime pie. Mystery Experience are fun and interesting and challenging to solve. Beyond that, they offer a wonderful world you can escape into for hours or days at a time.
It is obvious that a lot of work and tlc goes into each monthly mystery. They keep it fresh and exciting every month. Highly recommend.
I’ve received three boxes now and am eagerly anticipating the fourth. I’m very impressed by the level of detail and thought that goes into each box. The mysteries are unique and interesting, but center in a common town with recurring characters, which tie them all together and make things more fun. The puzzles in each box are diverse and varry in their level of challenge. I highly recommend this company to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
I LOVE this company. The mysteries are well thought-out and include many puzzles, websites, telephone numbers, deductive reasoning. They also contain really quality pieces of pictures and artwork. I love that the theme spans a number of different areas. I have recommended this company to many and will continue to.
I have been getting this subscription since mid 2016, and I love it. It's the closest you will ever get to feeling like you are in one of the mystery novels I love so much. Each mystery is a stand alone, and you do not need prior knowledge of the complete universe to enjoy it. But, each mystery also gives you clues to a bigger, over arching mystery as well. And every mystery leads you deeper into Forrest City. You will get to know major characters who are featured repeatedly and follow their stories. I have also made some awesome friends on the Facebook group page. You will feel like a real mystery detective!
The amount of detail and time that goes into these is incredible! The level of challenge varies significantly from box to box, and the types of puzzles vary widely as well! Everything from elimination/logic puzzles, to very advanced cryptology. When/if you get stuck, there is an amazing community that is very interactive with providing suggestions and hints. The company usually also provides a resource for hints. These are great for individual fun, or with a group! For those that stick around for multiple mysteries, you'll start to discover ties and connections, leading to an overarching meta mystery!
Great way to spend your time if you are a Mystery lover &/like to solve puzzles and eliminate suspects using deductive reasoning skills
I have been a member for more than a year, and still get excited when I receive my boxes! I am proud to say that I am a member of the Forest City community. The mysteries are a blast, each one taking through different twist and turns. Our fellow members are more than willing to help you when you need a nudge in the right direction. THE MYSTERY EXPERIENCE COMPANY ROCKS!
I've been receiving these mysteries for more than a year now and have yet to be disappointed (well, there was the lollipop incident ;-)
Mysteries range across the globe, time and difficulty level. But not to worry, because there is also a wonderful FB community that will help if you have problems solving a puzzle.
I've been a member of the Forrest City community since Sept 2016 and have no intent to leave. Each month is different from the next, with new challenges and puzzles, which require a variety of sleuthing methods to solve. Each mystery tells an intriguing story, and while not required, you can pursue the overarching 'metamystery'. I solve mysteries on my own, but also sometimes with my adolescent nieces, depending on the difficulty. Highly recommended for mystery-puzzle-game lovers!
I tell everyone I know about Mystery Experiences Company! I look forward to receiving my box, every month and my husband recently joined in on the fun. They do an amazing job of wisking me away to a whole other world.
This company puts together immersive mysteries every month with newspapers, clues, interactive websites, emails, FB pages and characters you care about. Each mystery is stand alone but in a shared universe so while you can join anytime the longer you subscribe the more you learn about Forrest City.
I HIGHLY recommend this box to E V E R Y O N E I talk too.
I love the Mystery Experiences Company. Their mysteries are fun, exciting and entertaining. And most important to me - solvable.
These mysteries are my favorite subscription, hands down. I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys mysteries of any sort. There is something for everyone here.
The Mystery Experiences Company box is exactly that- a mystery and an experience!
You never really know what you’ll find in the box. So far I have found FBI evidence logs, email transcripts, taunts and letters from a serial killer and the bone of an angel. The box includes a FULL mystery; the back story, the profiles of those involved and directives on how to engage with the material.
You step into the world of Forrest City and engage people through emails, phone calls, Facebook profiles, websites, and processing evidence, collecting alibis or putting together timelines. There is an element of role play because you are an integral part of the Forrest City community becoming intimately acquainted with the investigators, suspects, and victims. So far I’ve “met” models, priests, FBI agents, freaky clowns, and professors- just to name a few.
I have just completed my 3rd mystery and am looking forward to the next. I read a negative review that stated the puzzles were illogical. They are complicated and it can be frustrating, but I don’t think I would enjoy something I could solve in a matter of hours. I enjoy the process. Plus if you get stumped and need a hint or clue there is a way to find out only what you need/want without ruining the mystery.
If you’re on the fence, give it a try- you will NOT be disappointed!
A rich back story about the town and its inhabitants. Each box is a stand alone mystery with puzzles and ciphers of varying degrees of difficulty. Each box reveals more about the sinister happenings in Forrest City. There is also a great community of subscribers that share hints and tips, as well as discuss the towns darker side.
Didnt know what to expect. Superceded expectations. Challenging. Great brain exercise. One mystery box...better than my other subscription since it takes 6 boxes / months to be able to solve it.
Mystery Exp does have an optional meta-mystery since their mysteries are all from same town. While there is no redundacy there is continuity. In addition, while this may sound trite, the tangible clues, newspapers, evidence documents, etc are of higher caliber with Mystery Exp.