The Curse of the Sphinx

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Deckscape: The Curse of the Sphinx

  • Played August 2020

  • 60 Minutes
  • 1-6 players
  • $25 CAD
  • Great for families

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While on a guided tour of the monuments of Ancient Egypt, something mysterious happens! Suddenly, you find yourself locked in a secret room with only your wits to help you escape. You did it! You have seemed to have found a way out… wait… you hear something coming from one of the many dark corridors that surround you. The sound of groaning and shuffling echoes ominously towards you… suddenly, you realize you might not be the only one down here.

The Curse of the Sphinx is the most recent game that the Escape Room Addict team has reviewed in the Deckscape Series. Similar to all of the other titles in the series, the game consists solely of pocket sized cards which makes it great for travelling. The art work on the cards is beautiful and really adds to the overall game. One of the cards found the game challenges you to keep track of your time and the amount of hints you use in order to give you an overall score. While we really enjoyed this idea, we would love to see a mobile app that accompanies the series to not only track that, but to also add some background music to make the game more immersive.

That leads us into immersion. We found The Curse of the Sphinx to be one of the more immersive entries in the Deckscape series. This is in large part due to the incredibly fun way the game penalizes you for any errors you make. Without giving too much away, whatever is making the sounds that we alluded to in the intro makes its way closer and closer to you with every error and if it catches you, the game ends immediately. This system not only amplified the sense of urgency, at times it became downright terrifying. Similar to the scoring system, one way we felt the immersion could have been improved was some background music via an app. Since this is not yet an option, we suggest playing some Egyptian themed music in the background to enhance your immersive experience.

The puzzles were one of the areas in which The Curse of the Sphinx really shone. They similar to other Deckscape games in the sense that all the clues and items you need to complete the game are found within the deck of cards. Often times, the puzzle with all the clues will be found on the front face of the card and the solution along with a breakdown of the puzzle on the back. There is a great variety of puzzle types and how you utilize some of the cards encourages you to get really creative. Another feature we liked was that while the game is linear, it allows you to branch off from one another at times as the there are various paths to choose from. All of these aspects allow multiple people with different strengths to stay engaged throughout the entirety of the game. One slight addition (aside from an app) that we would like to see is an additional hint card that offers players a secondary hint. While the hint system provided works, a couple of the hints were quite vague and could have benefited from having an additional hint allocated for each puzzle.

So last but not least, was Deckscape’s The Curse of the Sphinx fun? Absolutely! In fact we all agreed that it is by far the best game in the series that we have played to date! While the game is designed to be played by 1-6 players, we recommend 3-4. That will ensure that everyone playing is engaged throughout the whole experience. Ultimately, we cannot wait to see what the Deckscape series comes up with next! We hope that you enjoy The Curse of the Sphinx as much as we did. If you did or didn’t, we would love to hear your feedback in the comment section below! Hope that everyone stays safe and as always, happy escaping!

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