Escape game in a box
It was on a visit to No Way Out in Rutland that we decided to take the plunge with an Escape Room box from Space Cowboy. We’d seen them before but had steered clear as they were more expensive than others. Our first was their Secret Adventures collection which contained the games A Noside Story, Tombstone Express and The Adventurers of Oz.
1890. You are a sheriff and your mission is simple: ensure the train reaches Tombstone in less than an hour, at all costs. A marshal is on board and carries a precious package: a gem that could seal a peace treaty with the Apaches. So, you station yourself on the open wagon that is behind the locomotive, ready to defend the train, no matter what.
Tombstone Express was classed as medium difficulty and it was clearly a step up from the Noside Story. This time, the game requires much more lateral thinking and brings in to play multiple cards at the same time. We found this one to be trickier and actually got lost during game play. We started the game again in order to bring us back on track and the second time round proved to be more successful. We felt there was an element of confusion with this one and the signposting and flow was a little lacking compared to others. It was still an enjoyable game but requires more brain matter. The game has a nice addition which requires some physical action. Although not mind blowing in its inventiveness, it’s nice to have something a little different to other games.
The games design brings more intricate details than Noside. It’s very cleverly incorporated much of this into some of the puzzles and gameplay. There has been real consideration with regards to the cohesiveness of the design, story and gameplay.
Although a little misleading at times, it’s another good game from Space Cowboy. It is probably our least favourite of the three but still an enjoyable hour.