In a captivating sequel to The Enigma Emporium Presents: Wish You Were Here, The Enigma Emporium is at it again with thought provoking puzzles in Blowback: Wish You Were Here Part II. Is it all fun and games while solving, or will you pull your hair out trying to solve the mystery ...? Let's find out!
What Is It?
A 5-postcard mystery game that presents players with a plethora of puzzles hidden on every inch! (Wow, try saying the beginning of that sentence 5 times fast). A game closely resembling the ever-popular escape room board games we know and love (Unlock, Exit, et cetera), this one provides big puzzles in a much smaller package and does allow you to share or replay because there is no desturction!
Blowback is also the 2nd in its series ... but will it be the last?
Who Is It For?
I'd recommend this one to adults because the puzzles are definitely a challenge; they are likely too difficult for most kids or teens. Anyone who adores tricky puzzles and/or escape rooms (be it the real ones or the board games).
Quality of Components
There isn't much for components as there are only 5 postcards (talk about effective minimalism!) but they are sturdy and pretty much everything is very clear and pleasant to look at on them, which is great. (One font was a little difficult for us to read, but that will vary person to person of course). Overall great quality!
I would give this a solid 4/5 for difficulty because while some things click instantly, there are plenty of little details that make some puzzles take much more time and thinking, and maybe even need a few minds to tackle. Not for the faint of heart!
Overall, I think this is a pretty enjoyable game, as long as you're up for a challenge. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't give too much detail (but you can always send me a message if you want to know more and don't mind spoilers). It's a big game in a small package and, while fairly difficult, is bound to provide a fun time for many groups.
Designer - Logan Giannini
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