The Enigmagram

An envelope lands on your doorstep, inside is a letter from someone but you don’t know who…

Rating: Brilliant
Completion Time: 30 minutes
Date Played: 25th of December 2019
Party Size: 2

If the date weren’t a giveaway, why yes this was a Christmas gift! One of many I bought this Christmas. Since I didn’t actually receive one myself (not hinting anything haha!) – I’m reviewing the copy I purchased for my partner as we puzzled through it together on Christmas morning.

The thing is, I LOVE buying gifts for people that are experiences, like tickets or vouchers. Since Enigmagram’s series of puzzles ends with a link for your recipient to view a customised landing page with a message or image, you can use this as a cooler way to give a further gift. The “Inception” of the gift giving world as it were: A gift, within a gift.

I used the Enigmagram to gift my partner tickets for a concert, but I think if you’re reading this and looking for other ideas, this would be a cool way to gift something puzzling:

  • An escape room voucher
  • Another puzzle! Puzzle-ception!
  • The link to play an online game, or code for a videogame

You never know! Go wild and chuck that gift in there.

The Puzzles

The puzzles are really fun and force you to think outside the box (…Or the envelope, see what I did there? 😜) to crack a code. Quite literally though! We made the mistake of putting the envelope to one side thinking “pah, we won’t need this” – but oh yes, you do need it! You need every single thing that comes in this little envelope, and Enigmagram wastes no time in filling every little corner with puzzling delights.

The types of puzzles you may encounter include things like solving sequences, rustling through receipts to find a specific detail that looks innocuous, filling out newspaper puzzles and squinting really hard at photos. The last one mentioned was a real tricky one, but overall it’s really good fun and great quality materials whilst also (at the time of writing) being totally unique to the market.

In terms of story – there isn’t one! Or rather, the story is what you make of it. A mysterious letter arrives at your door and through a series of numbered puzzles you crack a code to find out what the message says. Why not make your own story about it, text that recipient ahead and let them know what to expect!

The last thing to note is that the website says Enigmagram is suitable for players aged 15+ but I also gifted a copy to my 8 year old brother who had almost no trouble with a little help from us grownups. So the puzzles are a good level for all players!

The Enigmagram can be purchased for £14 on Enigmagram’s website.

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