The run up to Christmas 2021 was stressful with the constant fear of another lock down ruining yet again the family gathering or the office party, but there was one thing that kept me super happy for the whole of December and that was Exit The Games first advent calendar ‘The Mystery of the Ice Cave’.
I was relatively new to the Exit games last year and took a gamble on the advent calendar as it combined two of my favourite things; Games and Christmas. I was not disappointed. It was an absolute joy to start a new puzzle everyday and, combined with the well written story, it became one of the highlights of my gaming year. I still consider it to be one of the best Exit games I have played and I rate it as a 9 out of 10.
If you haven’t played an Exit game before it is essentially an escape room game in a small box. Normally there are 10 missions to achieve and it involves ripping up cards, drawing on the box, and various other activities that mean once you have finished it is unusable again, however the cost of each game is very low and almost all of the materials used are recyclable.
Due to last years game selling out incredibly quickly Kosmos have very sensibly made a new Advent Calendar ‘The Hunt For The Golden Book’. I have now received my copy and my excitement levels are building already. What makes the advent calendar version of the Exit Games so clever is you only know where door number one is at the start. As you open and solve each days puzzle it directs you to the next days door. You would think that as the days goes on it becomes easy to predict where the next door is but you would be wrong. I wont spoil any surprises for you but I will say be prepared for some real wonder at how Inka & Marcus Brand throw you off the scent so cleverly.
There is some good news for anyone who didn’t play last years version as Kosmos have announced a reprint. Get your hands on both today!
My biggest challenge with this game will be in not opening this before the 1st December!
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