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Published June 10th 2020
Harry Potter-style play at home puzzle game
Conjuring spells, solving riddles and completing magic trials are all part of the latest Escape Hunt play at home game that has more than a slight passing resemblance to Harry Potter. Find out more in this review of this latest puzzle game.
With cartoons to read plus elaborate illustrations with flying broomsticks, wands and potions, The School Of Magic is a very child-friendly addition to the Escape Hunt play at home series.
The adventure puzzle game is recommended for aged eight and over and reflects that with its magical elements and conundrums that are towards the easier side of its offering, but still difficult and thought-provoking enough for adults.
With plenty of characters and a strong storyline, the premise of the game is that you are a pupil at Brackendel School of Magic. The scene is set on graduation day when the school comes under attack from a "powerful practitioner of the mystic arts" that could destroy the school.
It's left to you to work out how to save the day and your fellow classmates by solving a series of riddles. So put on your witch or wizard hat and get started.
The pack is filled with fun cartoons and adventures
A turreted castle homes this magic school and greets competitors on the front of the print-at-home pack. Within it, are trials to complete as you head towards a final battle between good and evil.
You'll need a Facebook account to link up with a character on Messenger, who can help you out with clues and to continue on your adventure. It's a quirky character called Jess that children especially are sure to love.
Witchy trials and tribulations greet you along the way
In terms of the puzzles, there is a good mix. There's plenty of riddles to decipher and wordplay that are accompanied by images that transport you into a world of sorcery and witchcraft.
The School Of Magic costs £14.99, which is a fair price for the level of artistic work, storytelling and puzzles that have gone into this game.
Maps of the school's great hall are part of some the magic themed puzzles and riddles
It's an hour-long game but adults will find that time isn't too tough to beat when racing against the clock. And although it's not the most challenging of all the at home games, which include Stolen, The Treasure Of The Aztecs and Murder At The Mansion, it is a lot of fun.
It has the potential to be part of a bigger celebration that involves players dressing up as magic characters for a birthday or Halloween party. It goes without saying that fans of Harry Potter would also find this game exciting.
The School of Magic is a delightful addition to the play at home puzzle game genre that will leave you - and particularly the youngest among you - simply spellbound.