After a harrowing cliffhanger in Episode 1, we’re back with cousin JJ in Episode 2.
Completion Time: 39 minutes
Date Played: 12th of July 2020
Party Size: 2
This review passively discusses the ending of Episode 1: Family Secrets. Only read on if you don’t want that to be spoiled for you!
…And we’re back! The long awaited sequel of Family Secrets – Missing Person has arrived, and we could not wait to get stuck into this one.
In a bold departure from Episode 1, Episode 2 (Missing Person) takes us away from the whimsy of a treasure hunt and into a search for a missing person. No more studying ancient maps, this time we’ve got to take to the web and hack into a secret submarine base. Think radar, morse code, binary codes – exciting!
All in all, it’s an exciting twist of a game, yet absolutely strong enough to hold up without continually making comparisons to Episode 1. We enjoyed playing it as a group of 2, any more and it might feel a bit busy as the game progression is linear, meaning you all work on one puzzle, then the next, then the next.
In particular, I enjoyed the grid pattern puzzle. I absolutely adore anything that makes me shade in coloured blocks to slowly reveal the next step. A lot of fun in my books, and vastly under utilised in play at home escape games. This one was reminiscent of a Nonogram but infinitely more sophisticated and clever! Props to the designers all round.
We took a little less time to complete than Episode 1. Judging by the completion times of other players, this might be one of the slightly shorter ones in the series. That, or it could be that we’re growing accustomed to Mobile Escape’s unique style. Either way, shorter – but no less fun.
… And finally… You bet I couldn’t end this review without mentioning Cousin JJ. Ahhh, the cousin I actually wish I had! Well he’s back and he’s back with all his wit and cunning and ready to help you hit your goals. More Cousin JJ in the future pretty please!
Episode 2: Missing Person can be purchased on Mobile Escape‘s website for $14.99 CAD! Don’t forget to try Episode 1: Family Secrets first though.
Mairi is the editor-in-chief and covers escape rooms/immersive theatre in London, play at home games, and video games.