Exit: The Game – The Haunted Roller Coaster is a co-op game where you work against the clock to decipher 10 riddles. It’s set in a haunted house ride where your car trundles from room to room. But then the ride judders to a halt, and breaks down. You’re trapped inside the ride, among the spooky scenery! Can you and your fellow passengers work together to escape?
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 Haunted Roller Coaster 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 – 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 escape out of the Haunted Roller Coaster?
The Exit series of games come with a range of difficulty. The Haunted Roller Coaster weighted 2/5 (1 being easy, 5 being very hard). This is an ideal introduction to the series of Exit games, but this is far from being a kids’ ride! 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
Game length: 45-90 minutes
Age range: 10+