EXIT: The Enchanted Forest

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Exit: The Game – The Enchanted Forest is a co-op game where you work against the clock to decipher 10 riddles. It’s set in what first appears a regular woodland – but soon the relaxing vibe turns. All of a sudden you’re in among bizarre fairytale creatures, and perplexing puzzles surround you. Will you ever find your way home, out of this seemingly enchanted forest?Design du…
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  • Artwork
  • Complexity
  • Replayability
  • Player Interaction
  • Component Quality

You Might Like

  • Well written story incorporating lots of different fairy tales
  • Could be played with younger players with assistance
  • Great art and components
  • Puzzles are linked well with the story

Might Not Like

  • On the easier side of the Exit Series
  • You really will make the game unplayable by the time you have finished so you can’t pass it on to a friend
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Exit: The Game – The Enchanted Forest is a co-op game where you work against the clock to decipher 10 riddles. It’s set in what first appears a regular woodland – but soon the relaxing vibe turns. All of a sudden you’re in among bizarre fairytale creatures, and perplexing puzzles surround you. Will you ever find your way home, out of this seemingly enchanted forest?

Design duo Inka and Markus Brand have teamed up with KOSMOS to create Exit, a series of thinky escape rooms. (Albeit, in a card game format. You can play this one in your living room!)

The Enchanted Forest works in the same manner as the other games within the Exit series. You and your team have a deck of 26 riddle cards, lettered A-Z – but halt! Don’t look at them, yet! There’s also a booklet (the ‘notebook’) with a blurb introducing you to the scenario. An array of pages follow with text and images. You’ll be drip-fed riddle cards, which you pluck from the A-Z deck at the relevant time. You need to solve them together with what information lies within the booklet. You’ll need no prior general knowledge, but you may need to think in a creative manner.

When you think you’ve solved a riddle, align up the suspected code using the circular coding wheel. If you’re right, it reveals whether you’re correct or not. You’ll receive more riddle cards. Got it wrong? Try again – was there something you missed? Like real escape rooms, there are ‘clues’ (a mini-deck for each riddle), which push you in the right direction if you get stuck. You record the time it took you – minus how many clues you used – to get your end-game score. Can you and your team make it out of the weird, Enchanted Forest?

The Exit series of games come with a range of difficulty. The Enchanted Forest is weighted 2/5 (1/5 being easy, 5/5 being very hard). This is an ideal introduction to the series of Exit games, but this is far from being a walk in the woods! Please note that this is a one-time activity, also known as a ‘destructible game’. You might need to cut, fold and draw on some of the components…

Player Count: 1-4 players
Time: 45-90 minutes
Age: 10+

The Exit series of games from Kosmos (designed by Inka & Marcus Brand) know how to integrate a theme into an escape room in a box. From piloting an out of control plane, travelling across middle earth, or escaping from a haunted mansion every game in the series feels unique and directly linked to the story. I was very excited when I opened Exit: The Enchanted Forest as I love a good Fairy Tale and the box cover alone promised a talking tree and a frog prince. But did the game make me happy ever after or leave a nasty taste in the mouth like a rotten apple presented by an old witch…read on to find out. (By the way this is obviously a spoiler free review)

If You Go Down To The Woods Today

Very quick introduction to the Exit series. These are a cheap one time play through escape room in a box. You will be solving riddles, destroying cards, using a decoder, reading stories, drawing on the box and the contents all with the aim of solving ten puzzles and completing the story. They normally last anywhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours depending on the difficulty you choose and how you find the puzzles. The box says you can play with one to four players and I would agree that four should be about the maximum player count. Any more players would mean several people have nothing to do and would struggle to see the cards and pictures from across the table.

The Enchanted Forest falls into the Novice two star level of difficulty and should not really pose a problem for many players. As with all the exit games each puzzle does include two hints and (in the worst case scenario) a solution should you really struggle, however just the first hint is normally enough to push you in the right direction.

Heigh Ho Heigh Ho, It’s Off To Work We Go

This game is definitely not one of the Exit games that can be replayed at a later date. You will have cut up, ripped, drawn on and generally modified almost all of the components by the games end. This doesn’t deter me from playing these games as the price point is low and almost all (if not all) of the contents are recyclable.

The story starts with you taking a walk and you cross a bridge to look in some woods, however no sooner than you step off the bridge it disappears and the woods don’t look as enticing as they did previously. You then meet a series of characters from various fairy tales who all require your help until eventually you escape from the woods and find a way back over to safe ground.

The story never feels menacing and could easily be read to younger players without fear of causing nightmares. All of the characters you meet are easily recognisable and are drawn very well. As always with the Exit series the puzzles feel well linked with the story and enhance it rather than get in the way.

The puzzles are on the easier side of all of the Exit games I have played and there are a few similar mechanisms used that I have seen before, however there were also a few interesting surprises and ‘oh that’s cool’ moments.

I have played through quite a few of the Exit games including last years brilliant advent calendar and it still took me 1 hour 15 minutes to finish this game. At no point did I become frustrated or bored with the puzzles and the story certainly moved at a good pace.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo

For players experienced in the Exit series you might want to leave this one as it is on the easy side and some of the puzzles do have a familiar feeling. However I would recommend Exit: The Enchanted Forest for people new to the series or if you would like to introduce the concept to younger players (with parental guidance of course). The story will certainly keep everyone engaged and the puzzles are fairly simple although may require a bit of head scratching at times.

I had fun playing through the puzzles and once again I marvel at Inka & Marcus Brand’s ingenuity at creating these games whilst linking the puzzles to the story so well.

Zatu Score

Rating

  • Artwork
  • Complexity
  • Replayability
  • Player Interaction
  • Component Quality

You might like

  • Well written story incorporating lots of different fairy tales
  • Could be played with younger players with assistance
  • Great art and components
  • Puzzles are linked well with the story

Might not like

  • On the easier side of the Exit Series
  • You really will make the game unplayable by the time you have finished so you cant pass it on to a friend