Unlock! Exotic Adventures: Night of the Boogeymen

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Unlock! Exotic Adventures: Night of the Boogeymen

  • Played February 2018

  • 60 minutes
  • 1-6 players
  • $14.99 USD

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Once again the Unlock! team has been hard at work with its release of the Exotic Adventure Series: Night Of The Boogeymen, Expedition: Challenger, and Scheherazade’s Last Tale. Our Toronto ERA team took a nice Sunday afternoon to gather some of our members and play through each of these. First up in this review… saving a child from his deathly fear of… The Boogeymen!

The components are pretty much what you see in most of the Unlock! games. You get a copy of the demo game to help you understand most of the game mechanics, and you get a deck of cards for the game itself. In Night Of The Boogeymen you’ll also receive another small piece of designed paper which may or may not come into play later on… The card quality is decent and the box is light, compact, and does a good job of selling the theme. As in all of the Unlock! games, there’s an accompanying app which continues to be more creatively used in each new Unlock! series.

The immersion here is pretty good also. Night Of The Boogeymen has some interesting twists the other games don’t which requires you to be even more engaged and alert in the moment. The soundtrack does a good job of also keeping that playful, creepy atmosphere alive, and we highly suggest playing this in a dimly lit room if you’re looking to go all out with the immersive experience. As with most Unlock games however, the immersion is more self-imposed and depends on your own willingness to “play along” with the theme. We definitely think this game is more fun if you play with a child-like imagination as if it were your own adventure.

The puzzles range from clever… to interesting… to confusing. It’s important to note the level of difficulty on the box says Night Of The Boogeymen is the easiest in the Exotic Adventure series. A more accurate indicator is determined by how many Unlock! games you’ve played before. Unless you’ve played several Unlock! games you’ll find these puzzles fairly complicated, and we’d suggest a group size of four players. Those who’ve played several or most of the Unlock! games will find the puzzles a bit easier to manage and for them we’d recommend a group size of 2-3 people. In both cases it’s a good idea to avoid more than four players because crowding around a single card and having them want to inspect the cards by themselves will just frustrate everyone.

The most important part of this game was the amount of fun we had! We really enjoyed Night Of The Boogeymen because of the fun and crazy things we had to do in order to win. We’re constantly impressed with how many new ideas, themes, and mechanics keep getting added to the Unlock! games with each new series. Although the story and puzzles didn’t stand out as much as in past Unlock! games, we have to say the creative team tasks, puzzles, and app interaction more than made up for it. This is a fun game, and we highly recommend it!

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