Deckscape: Behind the Curtain

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Similar to the other games in the Deckscape series, Behind the Curtain contains 60 numbered cards that are packed neatly into a travel size box. The cards themselves have nice matte finish to them and the quality of the graphics is quite impressive. What we felt set Behind the Curtain apart from other games we have played, was the additional components and tools that you must utilize throughout the game. Without getting into too much detail, the illusions we encountered often made us feel as if we were part of an actual magic trick.

As always, gauging how immersive a “play at home” escape room is can be difficult and Behind the Curtain is no exception. Since there is no soundtrack or app that accompanies the Deckscape series, the story and puzzles become the sole sources of immersion. The story that unfolds stays true to its theme and does a good job of developing as the game progresses. That being said, you are put into a perilous situation early on and neither of our team members playing the game ever felt any sense of true urgency.

The puzzles that we found in Behind the Curtain were all thematically appropriate and often did invoke a real sense of magic. This was particularly true when it came to any puzzles involving the additional components in which different illusions would produce the information needed to solve the puzzle. Aside from these unique component pieces, most puzzles we found in this game were either observation or logic based.

So ultimately, was Behind the Curtain fun? Yes it was, though the experience may differ based on how many people are playing. The amount of players recommended for the game ranges from 1-6 but we would definitely recommend a smaller group size as larger groups may find that there is not enough to keep everyone busy. One could also feel more immersed if they have any love for the theme prior to playing the game. Finally, while Behind the Curtain isn’t by any means a game changer, it’s a fun game with some really cool moments and is certainly a solid addition to the Deckscape series.

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