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Escape Tales – Children Of Wyrmwood

Children Of Wyrmwood
20 April 2021
at home
5.0 out of 5.0 stars

After having played The Awakening and Low Memory, I couldn’t wait to get to Children of Wyrmwoods, the third instalment in the Escape Tales series. This series by Board And Dice is a story driven puzzle game, where your decisions determine the direction the story goes in, and ultimately influence the ending quite heavily. I absolutely loooooved the first two games, so was quite excited to get started on the third. I roped a friend into playing this adventure, despite the box saying it would take 7.5hrs plus. So, we set everything up and got going.

There are a few things that work a little differently from the first two boxes, but it didn’t take much time to get used to the new way of playing. Basically, you get a number of action tokens, a map card that indicates chapters in the game books, and location cards which you can explore through the two previously mentioned items.

Each chapter in the book gives you information, clues, and often puzzle cards, which are then used to solve a variety of riddles and puzzles to advance the story. Throughout the game, you also get decision cards, that give you two, or four, choices to pick from. These are usually pivotal moments that will definitely influence the outcome of your game.

In Children of Wyrmwoods, we played Gilbert, an orphan in a strange world where plant/animal hybrids called Wyrmvines are slowly taking over human living spaces and everyone who touches them is sent into madness. Gilbert has to find a way through all this to uncover dangerous plots and mysterious magic, to save humanity. Along the way we met many interesting characters and had to make so many difficult choices. Additionally, there were some references back to previous games, which I thought was really well done.

We loved our journey through Wyrmwoods so much, we played the whole game through in one afternoon/eveneing with just one break from some food. All in all, we got a good 8 hours of gameplay out of it, which is amazing value for the price. I cannot recommend Escape Tales enough and am eagerly awaiting the next instalment in this fantastic series.

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