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Unlock! – Tombstone Express

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.

THE STORY

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.

THE GAMEPLAY

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.

DESIGN

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.

OVERALL

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.

Theme *****

Design *****

Gameplay *****

Difficulty *****

Overall *****

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Unlock! – The Noside Story

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.

A Noside Story

THE STORY

A thick smoke lingers over the region. Another dirty trick of Noside? Stop him before it’s too late.

THE GAMEPLAY

The game works in a similar way to an escape room in the sense that you must solve a puzzle that will provide answer to move on your game. This is done through a series of cards. A numerical answer allows you to take a card with that number and therefore make more progress. The game also includes a mobile app that work as a timer and clue system as well as some of game’s puzzles.

The Noside Story is classed as the easiest of the three and for the majority of the game there is a clear pathway. There were a couple of occasions where the solution was a little left field and this meant we needed to collect a hint in order to know where to go next. The game is on the easier side and means that it can be played as a family. In fact, having played it as a pair, we played it again with our 6, 7 and 12 year old and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Unlike some of the further games in the Unlock series, this version relies a lot less on the app than other games. It’s a solid game in the series and one that would be a good starter for those that haven’t played it before.

DESIGN

The games cartoon style is very appealing to families. It’s clear font and images means that it’s accessible to younger and older alike. There are a couple of moments in the game’s design that means it can make identifying things a little tricky but the app will give you a hint if you get stuck.

OVERALL

A good solid game that will give beginners a good, solid intro to the series and an enjoyable game for those more experienced.

Theme *****

Design *****

Gameplay *****

Difficulty *****

Overall *****