Escape Game Adventure: The Last Dragon

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Escape Game Adventure: The Last Dragon

  • Played April 2020
  • Toronto, ON

  • 30 / 45 / 60 minutes (depending on difficulty)
  • 1-4
  • Approx. $10 usd
  • Designed for 9-12 years

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From authors Melanie Vives & Remi Prieur comes an interesting children’s puzzle book series called Escape Game Adventure (produced by Schiffer Publishing). With Covid-19 lockdowns taking place across the world, we were asked by the Escape Game Adventure team to try an EscRoomAddict first… an in-home game review by our ERA kids, created for other kids and young teens (with just a little bit of adult help in writing)! The intended audience of the Escape Game Adventure Series is 9-12 year olds, but in our case we asked some of our veteran 13 year old escape room enthusiasts to have a look. But don’t take this review too lightly as this team of reviewers have played a combined total of more than 60+ escape rooms, so they have a pretty good idea of what kids and young teens will like or dislike about these books. But enough about that, what did our ERA kids have to say about The Last Dragon (Escape Game Adventure’s second book in the series)?

We liked the artwork on the book cover, it was cute, comical and fun. It looks like a magazine. It definitely made us want to play the game. When we opened the first page we saw there was a lot of writing which we didn’t like too much, but it wasn’t too bad. They talked about escape rooms, what they are, and where they came from (interjection from our adult members: it seems there’s still a misunderstanding on the true origins of escape rooms, as most people within the industry are only aware of part of the origin of modern day, commercialized escape rooms… enough about that, back to the review!) It was also interesting because there’s some educational parts on each page which helped us learn some new things. The game gives some expected finish times based on the level of difficulty you want (i.e. giving yourself less time if you want to be rated an ‘’expert’’). We also had to cut out some ‘tools’ from the back of the book before the game started which we didn’t like because we didn’t want to lose anything when giving the book to the next player. The pages of the book are thin glossy paper which helps the quality of the pages throughout, but it’s still just paper so we wish the tools were provided on a separate piece of heavier stock paper.

There are eight puzzles in the game, and we thought most of them had a good adventure theme. We really liked most of the puzzles but a couple of them were very frustrating. There was one puzzle where we had to cut even more pieces of paper in the middle of the book, while were being timed by the game. We paused the game because we didn’t feel that was fair. We also felt the last puzzle was very tricky for our age, which means younger kids might get stuck. We did like how the cut out tools interact with the puzzles. We also really enjoyed the puzzle variety in this book. The hints are pretty cool in the back of the book, and if you’re really stuck after the hints the book has a part where it will tell you the answer.

The story is mentioned through the whole game which is good. We liked being timed because it kept us feeling anxious. We also feel like this is a good story for the ages of 9-12 year olds, but older kids might think it is a bit simple. The part where we had to stop and cut more pieces from the book kinda took us out of the adventure. We would like to see this game have some music like the Unlock games (maybe through a downloadable app that has some extra puzzles and/or music). But overall we really liked the immersion.

We each liked this game a lot, but we were split in which book we liked more (this one vs. The Mad Hacker). Both are a lot of fun, and we didn’t need a lot of help from adults. We would recommend this game for other kids especially if they like escape room puzzles and figuring out puzzles in stories.

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