Exit: The Pharaoh’s Tomb
Exit: The Pharoah’s Tomb
- Played December 2018
- 1-2 hours
- 1-4 players
- MSRP $14.95
- ages 12+
- KOSMOS Games
- What People Say
At-home escape games seem to have been flooding the market over the past few years, with many different companies offering a variety of experiences. As with many escape room companies (including publishers of at-home games) who have been around for years, KOSMOS Games has released a number of at-home escape games in their Exit The Game series, and it seems like their games get a bit better with each wave released. The Pharaoh’s Tomb was part of the first wave, so keep that in mind when reading this review.
Overall the components of the Exit series are of similar quality from game to game, so from my review of Dead Man on the Orient Express:
The components of the Exit series are effective, and while some items may be thin and flimsy, one must remember that these games are only meant to be played once, ever. Luckily, this is the case for the minority of components, as the card thickness and finish are of good quality, and the decoder wheel will definitely last through the adventure. Additionally, the artwork of the Exit series is quite good, and draws you into the scenario in which you are being immersed. It’s a good idea when playing the Exit series to have a pen or pencil, some note paper, and a pair of scissors at the ready, as there can be a lot to keep track of, and you never know when you’ll be thrown a curveball.
There isn’t much of a developing story in this game, as it’s more of the classic “you’re stuck here; try to get out.” You will encounter some flavour text, but that’s about it. The level of theme in the puzzles was interesting, but it mostly boiled down to hieroglyphs and naming the puzzles after recognizable people from the time period. Similar to Dead Man on the Orient Express (and, I expect, the rest of the Exit series), the artwork is well done, and definitely a positive when considering immersion. We recommend you download the app as well, as it provides a soundtrack (and timer) for the experience, without which you are just one more step removed from the setting.
After you get over the hurdle of illogic that is the first puzzle, the remaining puzzles of this game are okay. They are fairly thematic, though some odd choices were made for a puzzle or two considering that this is supposed to be an Egyptian tomb, and not a paintball arena. There is a good mix of puzzles though, all requiring a different approach, and there is one point where players can split off to complete their own puzzles (though one of these puzzles/tasks was quite mind-numbing). So yes, overall the puzzles offered were okay.
The Pharoah’s tomb was good, but not great. With the low price, it’s still worth the purchase, but there are definitely other games that I would choose over this one (i.e. Dead Man on the Orient Express, if you couldn’t tell that I really liked that one already). A group of more than three people will probably find themselves tripping over each other with this one, so try to keep it small. This experience is definitely puzzle-driven, and if you’re looking for an engaging story to accompany you as you solve puzzles, you won’t find it here. Still, it’s a decent workout for a puzzle-hungry brain.