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Ian Jacobs

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I already own Escape: The Curse of the Temple and like it a lot. This game looks really fun. But do I need Magic Maze if I already own Escape? Is there enough difference to warrant owning both?
 
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Dave K
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Love 'em even if a few games get scuttled from time to time.
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They do feel somewhat similar, although the mechanics in MM are different. Our group tired of Escape moderately quickly (and the expansions didn't really breathe any new life into it for us), but Magic Maze is new enough that I'm not sure if it will have a lasting shelf life or not. We're certainly enjoying it for now though.

If your group is still enjoying Escape I'd probably recommend waiting to try MM before buying. If they're starting to tire of Escape but a "frantic co-op" is desirable I'd give it a look sooner.
 
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I feel they are quite different.

Compared to Magic Maze, Escape practically feels like a solo game. If your group likes working together, Magic Maze requires more teamwork.

It also has a lot more quietly and impatiently staring at one another, whereas Escape is more laughing and shouting.

They are both real-time, tile revealing, find the exit, but they are very different mechanically. I think having both is perfectly reasonable- Escape really just makes the transition to playing Magic Maze more accessible.
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Murr Rockstroh
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I have both, I even have Escape: Zombie City and plan on keeping all 3.
 
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dreaminsong wrote:
I feel they are quite different.

Compared to Magic Maze, Escape practically feels like a solo game. If your group likes working together, Magic Maze requires more teamwork.

It also has a lot more quietly and impatiently staring at one another, whereas Escape is more laughing and shouting.

They are both real-time, tile revealing, find the exit, but they are very different mechanically. I think having both is perfectly reasonable- Escape really just makes the transition to playing Magic Maze more accessible.


I cannot give a better answer ;-)
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ijacobs wrote:
I already own Escape: The Curse of the Temple and like it a lot. This game looks really fun. But do I need Magic Maze if I already own Escape? Is there enough difference to warrant owning both?


I played both, and it's not similar at all. The only similarity is that everyone tries to move as quickly as possible in both games. But it stops there.

Escape is a risk taking "screw everyone but me" game.

While Magic maze is a co-op "Why aren't you doing what I want you to do?" game.
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Phaseshifter wrote:
ijacobs wrote:
I already own Escape: The Curse of the Temple and like it a lot. This game looks really fun. But do I need Magic Maze if I already own Escape? Is there enough difference to warrant owning both?


I played both, and it's not similar at all. The only similarity is that everyone tries to move as quickly as possible in both games. But it stops there.

Escape is a risk taking "screw everyone but me" game.

While Magic maze is a co-op "Why aren't you doing what I want you to do?" game.


Escape: The Curse of the Temple is also a co-op.
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I think they are definitely different enough to own both. Escape is more stressful, it requires constant upkeep of always rolling dice and you can and will scream at each other during the game. Magic Maze is more focused, you sometimes have moments where you shouldn't do anything, where you can look around the board and plan a bit.

Of the 2, I definitely prefer MM and haven't played escape since I got it. I still hold onto it though, if I feel the need to be stressed.
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