Board game reviews, strategy tips & session reports
No. of players: 1-6
Amount of time to play: 90-120+ min
Age requirements: 12+
Set-up time: 5 min
Exit The Game is an escape room in a box. You must work together to solve puzzles and see how fast you can finish them all.
Exit The Game comes in a small box with a rule book, a scenario book and some cards. After reading the rules you start a timer and then read the scenario book. It is full of many of the riddles you will need to solve.
The cards include more riddles, answers and hint cards. As you solve riddles more riddle cards are revealed until all (or the one leading out of the room) have been solved. You look at answer cards based on matching three symbols or numbers on a wheel. The answer card will ask which riddle you are trying to solve and direct you to another card. This card might unlock more info, another riddle, or say you are wrong.
If you get stuck you can use the hint cards. There are three levels of hints with the third just spilling the beans and giving you the answer.
Once you have finished you stop the timer and count the number of hint cards you used. From there you can tabulate you score between one and ten stars. The longer you take and more hint cards you need the less stars.
Exit The Game is fun but tough and a one-time experience. And that one-time play is for the game…ever. You might need to cut cards and write on components. So once you have played it you can recycle it.
The components are nice and the rules give you a pretty good idea of what to do. I think we would have done better with a second chance since after one game you get the flow of things.
Some of the puzzle are clever and you will feel a sense of accomplishment for getting past them. Others are more frustrating and out of left field. Especially the first time you try one of these.
The cards should be bigger. We had a group of five and could not share the cards or the book. This was not a huge deal but it would have been nicer to all be working and looking at things at the same time.
I enjoyed solving the riddles and moving through the rooms in Pharaoh’s Tomb. I think you will too. Whether or not you pick this up might depend on your stance of it being one and done. Some players feel the cost isn’t out of line for a typical night of fun with friends. Others won’t like that the game can never be played by anyone again. It is disposable.
From a game play perspective I think Exit the Game is worth trying. But buying just to throw it out might not be your cup of tea. You can decide.
Score and synopsis: (Click here for an explanation of these review categories.)
Strategy 5 out of 6
Luck 1 out of 6
Player Interaction 5 out of 6
Replay Value 0 out of 6 (N/A)
Complexity 5 out of 6
Fun 4 out of 6
Overall 4 out of 6