Deckscape: Heist in Venice

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Deckscape: Heist in Venice

  • Played June 2019

  • 60 minutes
  • 1-6 players
  • $12.99 USD

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This heist starts right of the box. There is no app with Deckscape, which reduces the set up time. All you need to do is open the box, and start tracking your score. There will be twists and turns in your actions to be sure you’re making your way through Venice carefully or your score will suffer! The cards are great quality, large and have nice art work. Be sure to have a big open space to be able to layout all of the information and a pen and paper to be able to get through some of the puzzles.

The first thing you need to do is know what role you will be playing for the heist. There are multiple characters in the story, and this adds a great story element to the game. The characters will be split among the players, so you will need to keep track of all of your skills and knowledge to be able to contribute fully to the game. The interaction between your teammates when playing your character makes this game special.

There were a lot of forks in the story line, which means you can focus on different areas separately that your character contributes to, or you can work together through some of the trickier puzzles. Not having an app had us focused on the story and the multiple locations to explore. Though having some background music would have added to the ambiance and suspense. There were plenty of puzzles; most were intuitive and unique, but there were some stretches in logic. None of the puzzles were very difficult but due to the number our team of two filled up the whole hour. The use of multiple cards for some puzzles changed up the typical mode of play, and they all played well into the story line. There was a good build up for the final puzzle which was a great climactic puzzle to wrap up the whole experience.

Overall the game was easy to get into and would be good for families looking to get into escape card games. There aren’t a lot of challenges for the more experienced puzzlers, and it wasn’t always totally clear how to proceed with the play. Since no app is needed this is a great option to totally disconnect and focus on your teamwork with your family and friends.

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