Board Game: Unlock! [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
Itai Perez
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Soon in retail !
Now, this one you are going to love. It comes from Space Cowboys and is a game in a similar vein to Time Stories. The working title is Escape room or 59'00.

I don't know if you've been able to experience an Escape Room, they got quite successful all over the world. A group gets locked in a room and need in one hour time, to search the room, find clues and solve the riddles and puzzles, in order to be able to exit it and claim victory. If you are still in the rule when the timer finishes counting you've lost.

Well, this is exactly what this game is: an escape room experience, but in board game form (more precisely in card form because it is made of cards)

The rules are really simple. you just start with a deck of cards.
At the start you'll turn back the starting card and start the timer on the app. Yes, there is an app for this game which will be used for a few things.

(translation: The Rookies. Hello Agents ! You're new in here so we'll give you a mission quite easy to start with... We just arrested a suspect. He is in interrogation but he doesn't want to cooperate. You'll go to his office for a routine inspection. I want your report in one hour ! Turn back this card, and start the timer.)

If you have a number visible on something you have access to, and there is in the deck a card with this number on the back, then you are allowed to see what's on the card. You can try to combine blue and red objects (you add their numbers and the sum will tell you what card you can check). For instance, if you have a red key and a blue lock you can combine them and if it works you'll get a card which will tell you what you found once it is opened.

Also, no object or clue has more than one use. So in the previous example, if the key opened the lock you can discard both of them.

Also there are codes. They can be a computer password, a code to open a door or a lock... They are all composed by 4 numbers. If you think you know what one is, you can enter it in the app. If it was a correct code, the app will tell you what card (or other information) you get. If it wasn't, you'll lose 5 minutes from your timer.

Also sometimes, if you do something wrong (or even if you don't), the game will instruct you to press a button on the app a number of times, which will give you less time on the timer.

Also there may some machines, with a number of buttons. You'd better understand how they work before trying to push buttons. But if you do, you'll add their numbers which will give you a red number (and which must then be combined with something blue).

The app may also give clues on specific card if you are stuck which will decrease your score in the end.

And that's about it. I cannot tell you much more about the experience without spoiling, but it was fantastic. With these simple game systems, we were immersed in the experience, trying to understand what the clues were, and how to use them. It was riddles (very different) one after the other until we finally got to the end. We managed to win on the wire, with only a few minutes left.

So, yes, like Time Stories, you can only play each story once. The plan at the moment is to have for 30 euros, 3 stories + the tutorial (which the one I played).
So it may be considered as expensive for boardgamers who want their games to have an infinite life, but at the same time when you consider that for a real Escape Room, you need to pay that price for every person for only one experience.

I don't see any reason why you couldn't have the full experience with 2 players. It may be a bit more difficult because you will only have 2 brains and not 3 or 4, but that's about it.

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