Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Host an #EscapeTheRoom Party This #Holiday Season - It's Great Family Fun! @ThinkFun

Escape the Room
Escape the Room: The Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat by ThinkFun Games
  • Enjoy the Escape the Room Game Fad in Your Own Home
  • Takes About 90 Minutes and is Played With 3-8 People
  • Players Work Together to Solve the Puzzles That Will Allow their Escape
  • Help is Available for Challenging Puzzles if Needed
  • ThinkFun Provides Party Planning Help for Hosts via Their Website (thinkfun.com)
  • Suggested Price is $22 and Can be Purchased at Target Stores or Target.com
  • Also Available From Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KH1EIAY
  • Brain Teasing, Mind Stretching, and Slightly Spooky fun for ages 13 and Up
By now you have probably either heard of or participated in an Escape the Room game.  These are parties where a group of people get together to solve a mystery.  A story is told and puzzles are presented to be solved by the participants.  Solutions give way to new clues as well as new puzzles.  If the group can solve all of the brain teasers before the clock runs out they will successfully escape the room!

I will confess, these are my favorite types of games.  I am a bit of a puzzle addict so when I was invited to review Escape the Room: The Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat I did not even hesitate!  

The best way to play is to invite a group of guests and plan to spend an evening.  The game takes about ninety minutes to play so pull together a group of friends who enjoy each other's company and plan to have a lot of fun!

Before the evening of your party you should visit the ThinkFun Website and find a link to invitations, spotify and pandora music playlists to help set the mood, and costume ideas in case you really want to make it fun.  You will also find hints in case your party gets stuck, and instructions for reassemling the game once it is completed.

Here's some of what comes with the game:

Escape the room

You will see a series of envelopes.  The envelopes are where you will find the instructions, a scene card ,and four sealed envelopes. Inside each envelope are secret items.  There is also a solution wheel to check your answers.  It is a good idea to read the instructions before game night so that you, as the host, can move things along smoothly.

When you are ready to play you will begin by setting the material out on the table, then setting the mood.  The first scene card is already exposed, now it is time to tell the story. . .
The year is 1913 and you are the lucky winner of an all-expense-paid stay at Foxcrest Retreat. At the retreat, the famed Dr. Gravely has improved upon the latest in spa treatments and relaxation techniques reserved for those of high social standing. At the retreat, guests receive the best of new health care technologies set amongst beautiful, natural scenery that is well known for improving one’s vitality.  
You entered a contest and were elated when you received a letter of invitation from the director, Dr. Gravely himself, announcing your victory. 
During the long train ride to the retreat, you meet others within your party who have also won the same complimentary spa package. Attending Foxcrest Retreat as a guest of Dr. Gravely is a lucky break for all of you. but beware, you and your new friends may find the retreat is not quite what it seems...
In order to escape the retreat puzzles are solved in order and new envelopes are opened. Hints are available, and solutions can be checked using the wheel provided. Eventually, a new scene card will be revealed and this will be read to the group and you will move to the next large packet of brain teasers. There are objects and illustrations that come into play that may be used later in the game so don't forget what you have seen or experienced!

Unfortunately the game is really only good for one time use by a group, but it is quite a bargain considering that the places where these games are offered cost about $25 per person here in the New York City area. (yikes!)

If you have fun at Dr. Gravely's retreat you will want to check out the Stargazer's Mansion which is also available - and keep your eye out for new releases.  Also. visit the Thinkfun website to find a lot of educational and entertaining games for kids of all ages. (adults, too!)  They are one of my favorite sources for toys and games.

Have fun!