Journal 29 Revelation

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Journal 29 Revelation

  • Played November 2018

  • Length of time depends on player
  • Can be played alone or in a group
  • $19 on Kickstarter

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This is the second Journal 29 puzzle book and takes place after the events of the fist Journal 29.  However, you do not need to have completed the first in order to solve this one.

The theme is described as follows: “A top secret excavation did not bring any result for 28 weeks.  It was on the 29th week that something unexpected happened.  The team disappeared and the only thing that was left behind was their Journal.  You must solve the puzzles in order to solve the mystery.”

With very little instruction, just like the first, Journal 29 Revelation begins with a story and hooks the player in right away.  This journal has a better storyline than the first, in our opinion, and the backstory was much improved.  Additionally, there is use of “resources” at one point, which was a change from the first book that we really liked! If you enjoy a challenge, you will love this.  Journal 29 Revelation provides 152 pages and over 52 puzzles of captivating, time-consuming, sometimes frustrating fun.  The game play is quite simple, however, if you get stuck there is not a great way to get a hint.  There is a hint system in place, however, it is not the most straight-forward way to get a nudge when you need one.   In terms of quality, the book itself is not hardcover or fancy, however, it is well-made and we found it easy to appreciate the simplicity of the design.

So this is a puzzle book…how were the puzzles?  There were a variety of puzzles, some challenging, some simple.  The previous Journal 29 book had puzzles that sometimes relied on very specific prior knowledge, however, Journal 29 Revelation fixed that and no longer relies on outside knowledge or information.  The puzzles are unique and not like typical puzzle books.  The puzzles, at times, even feel addicting—one of our members stayed up most of the night just to complete Journal 29 Revelation because they couldn’t put it down. If you get stuck, it is helpful to reach out to others that you know—working together can help to get several perspectives, which is something almost mandatory of Journal 29 Revelation.  For some, working alone provides the challenge they seek, however, for others, it may be frustrating unless you reach out for a little extra help.

Journal 29 Revelation uses the same URL system for gameplay to let you know if your answers are correct or not, however, we wish there was some sort of hint system built into this to provide a nudge or a few breadcrumbs on those extra tough puzzles.  Overall, we thought this book was a challenging and fun way to spend our time both independently and with friends.  We felt like we were on our toes and challenged throughout, and it’s quite different than any other puzzles books we’ve seen.  We would recommend Journal 29 Revelation, we loved it!

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