Recently a damn good friend sent me an unexpected gift, noting that I “had to play it” and that he’d driven some 40 minutes in L.A. traffic — each way — to find it for me. Why all the effort? Because I’m a one-time escape-room owner and current mobile-escape-game designer, and Box One would be right up my alley.
It absolutely was. And I’m planning to pay it forward, because I know plenty of others who’d enjoy this game as well. It’s, but there’s a , meaning you could get three copies of Box One for $60 — something worth considering if you’ve got giftable occasions in your future.
Box One is a tabletop escape game that’s unlike any other I’ve played — and I’ve played quite a few. For starters, it’s designed for just one person, though my friend ignored that recommendation, played it with his girlfriend and found it very enjoyable. I, in turn, invited Mrs. Cheapskate to join me, and I’d definitely agree: Box One works just fine with two players.
There’s not much I care to tell you about the game itself because I don’t want to give away any surprises. I’ll simply say that it offers some genuinely great puzzles with some unusually good twists. There were aspects I wouldn’t have expected in a boxed game — like, say, the involvement of your freezer.
Neil Patrick Harris is involved as well. He not only designed the game, he also plays a role in it. (This is, perhaps, unsurprising givenfrom a few years back.)
If there’s a downside, it’s that you can play this only once — and once you’ve played it, it can’t really be reset for another person. So it’s kind of a disposable game. But it’s really fun, really different and definitely worth $30.
Well done, Doogie. (I’m old. NPH will always be Doogie Howser, MD, to me. But I guess I could have said, “Cool box, Barney.”)
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