Hello again my lovely Geeks and Geekettes, I hope the world is treating you all well. This Christmas I got my head all frazzled on what to buy peeps for their gifts. As with the previous year, we had Covid in the news and this put a bit of a spanner in the engine that was my Christmas plans . . . to visit or not to visit . . .?
Well for peeps that I couldn't visit there is one company that has a solution to the issue of what to get my more distant friends and family....
These are lovely greeting/birthday/Christmas/gift (delete as appropriate) cards that you can post to your loved ones for a 10-15 minute game. Each card has a puzzle with clues and a mystery to solve. Everything you need is on the card.
I tested out two different cards after meeting the creators at this year's UK Games Expo.
Escape from Dinosaur Island was first. It's aimed at younger children, but did that stop me? Of course not, a little bit of light maths, word play, and colour coordination, and I was on the last ship home to safety.
Escape The Cursed Temple was next and was a little more challenging. The tasks were harder and I did have to make use of the clues on the Puzzle Card website. The clues came in three stages, giving a bit more info each time, so whilst there was help for the puzzles, it did not go so far as to do the work for you, which I appreciated.
All in all, I think these are a good 5 on the DOALG dice rating. There are a few good mysteries to choose from for all ages, and it's a little more interesting than a typical Christmas or gift card in my opinion.
You can buy Puzzle Cards at www.puzzlecard.co.uk
Hope you all had a lovely festive season.
All the best