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Published May 27th 2020
Murder Mystery Adventure Game Fills Escape Room Void
Bringing murder mystery to the classic escape room scenario, Escape Hunt has come up with a new play at home game. Here's a review of what to expect.

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A grand murder mystery is the latest adventure puzzle game by Escape Hunt

Murder at the Mansion ticks all the boxes when it comes to a crime-fuelled who-dunnit. Adding an essence of Cluedo to the proceedings, there's a list of strange suspects, plenty of suspicious behaviour and puzzles galore.

Yes, there's even a butler in this attractive game - but I'm not telling you whether the butler did it!

While it does have murder themes, the game is PG enough to include younger family members. It has an age guidance of eight years and over, so could even be used as part of a fun, inventive home-schooling session.

Murder at the Mansion is the latest play at home game from Escape Hunt to cope with the on-going lockdown restrictions. The scene is set at a countryside manor house where you are pitched as the sole heir to the family fortune - as long as you can solve a historic crime.

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A good variety of puzzles along with a who-dunnit

The storyline means going back in time to 1914, to the night when Sir Charles Blackwood's body was discovered following a lavish party at his estate. Due to the onset of the First World War, the murder was never solved and it's now down to you to make sure the killer doesn't get away with it.

Given access to the original police reports and evidence, you have case files and clues to piece together exactly who the main suspects were from a long list and find out each of their motives.

Using a similar logic grid system to the other Escape Hunt play at home game of Stolen, reviewed earlier on Weekend Notes, there are a range of types of puzzles to solve in order to discover who did it, when and how.

The game is for between two and six players and you'll need access to the internet and a printer as some downloaded sheets need to be cut into pieces to make a jigsaw puzzle clue.

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Escape room meets Cluedo for the latest Escape Hunt play at home challenge

With murder weapons, a will, plan of the country house, witness statements and a town map, it's a thrilling journey during this hour-long game and a race to see if you can complete it in the 60 minutes. While you can take longer as you are playing it at home, it's a good way to raise the tension of the game by setting an alarm to beat.

Priced at 14.99, it's a fair price and much cheaper than an escape room would be for this adventure game.

In terms of the difficulty level, there is a good range of straightforward and more challenging puzzles that need you to think outside the box. It's about a medium level on the difficulty range.

With plenty of detail into characters and the back story, this is one of the most fun play at home games I have tried by Escape Hunt. It's a well-balanced conundrum to suit those that love puzzles and murder mystery fans alike.

What Murder at the Mansion provides is a well-thought-out adventure game that offers players a chance to turn detective in a mystery deserving of an Agatha Christie novel.

So, all that's left to ask is - did the butler do it?

Murder at the Mansion costs 14.99 from the Escape Hunt Play At Home section on its website here.

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