Exit: Mysterious Museum
Exit: Mysterious Museum
- Played January 2019
- 1-2 hours
- 1-4 players
- MSRP $14.95
- ages 12+
- KOSMOS Games
- What People Say
The Exit series of games are supposed to mimic escape rooms; however, they can be played at home rather than going to a physical location. The stories and puzzles are intended to be similar to what you might see in an escape room. This game, The Mysterious Museum, is one of the easier games, rated as a level 2 out of 5 difficulty.
The components of this game consist of three decks of cards (riddle cards, answer cards, and clue cards), an instruction booklet, a game booklet, an answer decoder disk, a small piece of thick paper/cardboard, and two pieces of string that you need at some point during gameplay. The quality of the items themselves are what would be expected from a deck of cards, they work well for what they’re used for. When playing the Exit games, it is expected that the players fold, cut, and/or draw on the cards and booklet, therefore, this game cannot be replayed by your team or anyone else. The art in this game is well-done and looks professional, the materials will last through the game, and the use of materials is quite creative.
Immersion is quite difficult when it comes to play-at-home games. It’s hard to feel immersed in a story-line when we’re sitting in our dining room or basement or kitchen. This game tries to support a more immersive setting by coming with a companion app (free), which has a timer and provides background music for the game. The story is interesting but simple, and we found it hard to be invested in the theme—instead, we felt like we were solving puzzles until we “escaped.” While this was fun, it is not quite the same as the feeling of a true escape room. Twists or build-ups of the story line throughout the game might have helped us to feel more immersed or invested in the story itself.
In terms of puzzles, our team thought this game was both logical and linear. We understood what we were supposed to do, completed the puzzle, and moved on to the next puzzle. We did like the creative use of materials and cards in order to solve the puzzles, however, this often is what destroys the cards. When your team solves a puzzle, you use the decoder disc which leads you to a card in the answer desk. This then directs you to an answer card which tells you if you were right or wrong, and next steps; there really isn’t a penalty for being wrong, which we liked. Additionally, if you ever get stuck, there is a deck of “hint” cards—you can get a vague hint on hint card one, a more specific hint on two, and then the answer on hint card three of each puzzle. We really appreciate the Exit games providing this hint system so that teams don’t have to be stuck on a puzzle with no direction for too long. We definitely used the hint system on a puzzle or two to help give us a nudge in the right direction. Overall, we enjoyed the puzzles and the creative use of the materials.
Overall, we would recommend this game for a smaller group looking to do something for an hour or so. We appreciate the hint cards, music through the companion app, and that you get a score (through the app) and certificate (on the booklet) at the end. We would suggest only playing with a couple of players so everyone gets to be involved throughout (this game says 1-4 players). If you like puzzle games, this might be a fun game for you!