EXIT: The Catacombs of Horror Review

EXIT: The Catacombs of Horror - KOSMOS - $24.95

Game title: EXIT: The Catacombs of Horror

Game description: Gloomy crypts lie under the city of Paris. The catacombs swallow city light, riddles, and, apparently, also people. After the mysterious disappearance of a friend in the catacombs, you and your team embark on a search party, making your way through the puzzling underground labyrinth. Will you be able to find your friend in time and escape this cavernous world of darkness? This double-sized EXIT game is presented in two separate parts.

Overall
3.3
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

EXIT: The Catacombs of Horror is one of the newer, and most ambitious of the KOSMOS EXIT line of escape room games. With double the content it’s actually split into 2 different parts with a continual storyline. This allows the game to be played in one session or broken into 2 different sessions. With only a set of rules, a small tea candle, some puzzle handouts, and a deck of cards, The Catacombs of Horror provide 4 hours of deviously clever entertainment similar to that of an actual escape room.

Pros

  • Full escape room feeling from a box
  • Double the length of other EXIT games
  • Clever puzzles

Cons

  • Can only be played once
  • Doesn’t work well solo
  • Difficult!

Full EXIT: The Catacombs of Horror Review

EXIT: The Catacombs of Horror is one of the newer, and most ambitious of the KOSMOS EXIT line of escape room games. With double the content, it’s split into two different parts with a continual storyline allowing the game to be played in one session or broken into two separate sessions. With only a set of rules, a small tea candle, some puzzle handouts, and a deck of cards, The Catacombs of Horror provide 4 hours of deviously smart entertainment similar to that of an actual escape room.

Fans of the EXIT games will feel right at home with this title, but will also appreciate some things that the game does a bit differently. Those who have not played any other games in the series will still enjoy it but may find it better to play one of the shorter titles first to get the hang of how everything works—one thing to note for those unfamiliar with the series. You can only play through The Catacombs of Horror ONCE. Once you finish, there’s no resetting and starting over again. Just like a regular escape room, you’re paying for admittance.

The contents of the box

The storyline is more engaging than I thought it would be with the puzzles tying nicely together through the entire adventure. It was hard. Not too hard where we got frustrated playing, but hard enough where I wish we had started with one of the smaller EXIT games first this being our first foray into not just the series, but boxed escape rooms in general. That said, we still enjoyed ourselves immensely, completing the game in one 4-hour sitting.

It’s hard to write too much more about it without giving away anything, so I’ll say this. Snag the game if you dig puzzles and escape rooms. Also, snag some of the other titles in the series to give a shot first. You won’t be disappointed, and I can’t wait to get my next box in the mail.

A copy of EXIT: The Catacombs of Horror was provided free for review by KOSMOS

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