Bored of typical greetings cards? Puzzle Card adds a puzzle or gaming element to greetings cards to make a memorable gift for friends or relatives. Check out the Escape the Room card which requires players to solve a series of clues in order to escape!
Team – Ster, Ni, Simon
(Reviewed by Ster)
Full disclosure – We were given 2 complimentary cards to try out, though we’ve tried not to let this influence our opinion of the experience.
Our first impressions of Puzzle Card were that they have managed to fit a lot of information in a pretty small space! The front covers of the cards are mainly decorative (presumably so that there isn’t too much given away before starting!), with the majority of the game being contained on the inner two pages. Both have a small box on the back page underneath the puzzle information to write a greeting; Escape the Room being specifically a birthday card while Murder Mystery is completely blank for your own message.
We started with Murder Mystery, during which we were given the task of solving a murder that had taken place on a train. We were presented with a list of suspects and a variety of details about them, the victim and the murder itself. The card is brilliantly designed, with plenty of pictures and a lot of information including notes from the detective, an eyewitness report and profiles of the suspects.
This puzzle was a case of eliminating each suspect until only one remained and it was great fun to debate the potential guilt of each person and cross them off the list one at a time until we had found the guilty party. Each elimination had its own degree of difficulty, we noticed one immediately, worked the second one out after a bit of thought and then had to review all the information again to separate the final two. All in all I think it took us about 10 minutes from opening the card to checking our answer on the Puzzle Card website, which is definitely longer than I’ve ever spent looking at a greetings card before! I particularly enjoyed the way that all three of us could get stuck in, the answers weren’t immediately obvious which gave us time to talk over the information and pass the card around so that everyone could have a closer look at the pictures before we agreed on an answer. Overall, it was a fun little puzzle that we all enjoyed!
Escape the Room
The other card that we tried was Escape the Room, a card with a slightly more sinister theme – we had been kidnapped on our birthday and needed to work out how to escape! This puzzle didn’t have the same degree of difficulty as Murder Mystery but it still took a few minutes to work out. The puzzles in this card were also more visual than the first, which meant bit of passing around and peering over each other’s shoulders as we examined our ‘surroundings’.
This card took slightly less time than Murder Mystery but still contained an impressive 6 individual puzzles requiring a total of 8 answers all together! I’m really impressed by how many elements these cards contain, it’s not just a simple riddle, there are different elements that need to be brought together in order to gain the full solution.
We looked at the clue page for this card and to be honest, that’s where we felt the system fell down a bit. They aren’t really clues, they’re answers, and we were a little disappointed that we weren’t shown hints before the actual solutions. We had a look at the clues page for Murder Mystery and they were a little more cryptic, so hopefully this is something that is being improved upon in the newer cards. That being said, we still enjoyed the puzzle! It just felt a little easy after the first card.
The Puzzle Cards were good fun to figure out and we all enjoyed the variety of different challenges that they have managed to fit into such a small puzzle. Given that they aren’t much more expensive than a regular greetings card, I would definitely recommend giving them a go and I’m really looking forward to seeing what puzzles they come up with next, especially as their newest card was our favourite and the most challenging, it definitely promises more good things to come!
Re-useable – Yes
Quality of the clue system – 2/5
Overall – A great idea and a really impressive amount of puzzles and information included in such a small space. Definitely looking forward to trying all the new designs that these guys come up with!