A mysterious cousin … Who is he? What does he want? Where has he gone?
Completion Time: 42 minutes
Date Played: 29th of April 2020
Party Size: 2
Mobile Escape NAILED IT! Admittedly, it took us a while to stop giggling about how funny the opening letter is… A long lost cousin who your family have kept secret suddenly wants to give you an enormous fortune. Yep, I’m 99% sure I’ve received spam emails like this – but it’s still utterly charming.
Once we got into the story, I honestly had such a good time and I’m happy to say that this is probably my favourite play-at-home escape room I’ve done during quarantine so far. It’s effortlessly simple. Treasure maps, compasses, mysterious coins, things to cut out, things to measure, things to draw on.
The game DOES rely a lot on slower cipher codes which might not be good for a big group, but it paces the game nicely – and mixes it up with some real nice “aha!” moments too.
More than anything I felt very engaged in the story, it was authentic. What a cool cousin it turns out you have too! Who is he? Where is he (by the accent, I think Canada – haha)? Why was he not at that wedding last summer? Does he want to catch up over some baby photos?
No spoilers, but the ending got to me and I literally CANNOT WAIT for part 2.
Family Secrets can be purchased for $14.99 CAD on Mobile Escape‘s website.
Mairi is the editor-in-chief and covers escape rooms/immersive theatre in London, play at home games, and video games.