Exit: The Abandoned Cabin
Exit: The Abandoned Cabin
- Played December 2018
- 1-2 hours
- 1-4 players
- MSRP $14.95
- ages 12+
- KOSMOS Games
- What People Say
TThames & Kosmos are a well-established producer of puzzle games for a variety of ages. Their “Exit” line of puzzles are geared toward more advanced players, with a recommended age of 12 and up. In “The Abandoned Cabin”, as with other Exit games, you’re given a box of materials and all the instructions needed to give you 1-2 hours of fun. Speaking of those instructions: please do read them to the end. Our team failed to note the time/score component in our haste to get started, although thankfully that didn’t prevent us from enjoying our experience.
That experience is enhanced by the detailed artwork and varied materials, leading you on an investigation of the eponymous building. The Abandoned Cabin is designed for 1-4 players, although our group had six with one person tasked with managing the game cards. The cards can be a challenge to manage, and as that’s how you progress through the story, the cards are crucial to your experience. Players who want to be competitive on time will find it very helpful to dedicate a person to card management.
We were impressed by the detailed story within the game and how the information served to enhance the feeling of advancement through the narrative. We also enjoyed the progressive clue system, which allows players to decide between different levels of clues which grant more specific information if you select a higher clue number. We also were relieved to see that the structure of the game allows for “mistakes”, meaning that you can guess without penalty as you would in most escape rooms.
The materials for the game are made with appropriate quality, given that the game is designed to be a one-time-only experience. Again, make sure you read the instructions and have the necessary items on hand, as you will be manipulating the materials in surprising ways throughout the game. One of the surprises made us collectively howl with delight, which is perhaps the best testament to the fun of The Abandoned Cabin. The only downside is that the physical manipulation for several puzzles makes it hard for multiple people to work on simultaneously, which can leave some persons waiting rather than playing. However, a smaller group (2-3 players) would likely never face this problem.
If you’re looking for a solidly enjoyable puzzle game to share with a small group, The Abandoned Cabin will surely deliver. With a healthy challenge mixed in with surprising elements, we would expect anyone from teens to adults to enjoy the experience. Best of luck to anyone looking to explore The Abandoned Cabin!”