Escape From Iron Gate

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Escape From Iron Gate

  • Played June 2021

  • 45-60 minutes
  • 3-8 players
  • $30
  • For ages 13+

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The ERA team had a fantastic time playing this board game. There were many great elements of our favourite board games and puzzles all in one. There were a variety of game components. There was a consistent theme of a nostalgic and old-school style prison. This theme continued with the cards, decoder, meeples, and board game layout. It truly felt like we were playing one of the old classic games. The instruction video online was excellent and carried this theme as well. The instructions in the paper book were clear too and the reference card was very handy. We really liked the wooden dice with the letters on it and would have liked to see wooden dice for the numbers dice to keep the classic theme continuing.

The board game visuals and card designs helped us to feel like we were playing a game of a nostalgic time period. Throughout the prison break, we were collecting items, and these items were true to the time. There were also ‘lucky cards’ that would add twists and turns to the game, and these helped to make us feel like there was a prison narrative story as well in the game. Overall, we felt like we were immersed in the classic time that the game was striving to match.

There was a very good variety of puzzles. There were word, logic, math, spatial puzzles, and many more! The decoder hint system was very effective. We found that the acting, drawing, and puzzles themselves were enjoyable but not necessarily very difficult to complete. Overall, there was a good variety of tasks to complete. Sometimes though we found we were motivated to complete the easy level of the task because we knew the reward would be enough to help us progress in the game. The mini-games with the ‘lucky cards’ were fun to complete. We noticed that if you had fewer players, there was less time to complete the puzzles because you had till your next turn to have it finished. We wondered if the addition of a timer for the puzzle solving component would improve the puzzle solving experience.

Overall, we had a lot of fun playing this board game! It truly is a great party game that would be fun with friends or family for any game night. It does not take long to complete – we almost found it too short! We would love to see a culminating puzzle at the end; for example, a final task to make your way by the warden! We loved the idea of having ‘prison rules’ that allowed us to change the rules of the game to the needs of our group. There is a lot of replay ability with this game, and we look forward to playing it again at our next game night!

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