Are you a wannabe Sherlock? Well I certainly am at times and if you are too then I have good news because I found this puzzle game on the internet from game developer Crimibox that will put you to the ultimate test. I certainly couldn’t resist purchasing one of their mysteries as a Christmas present. Do you want to place any bets (hypothetically of course) as to whether I solved the case or not? No, I’m not saying anything yet, keep on reading 😉.
When you first go to their website you can choose your language. Unfortunately for you guys, there’s only one English case available at the moment and I’ll come back to that at the end, but I’m sure they’re very busy developing more cases because it’s becoming very popular to enjoy this type of thing from your own home.
In the Dutch version there’s a little more choice right now. They offer three cases that are either completely digital or you can play them analog which means you still get some of the evidence on paper delivered to your home address. I can’t help it but this makes it even more real so I chose the latter and for 25 euro (with free delivery) the box was sent to me.
Because I didn’t know what to expect and I thought it might be easier (ha!) to play in my native language I chose the Case of the Ashes which seemed the easiest case with an estimation of 180 minutes game play and a difficulty level of 3 out of 5.
This is what was in the box I received: documents, police reports, photos and eh well I don’t know, it looks like ashes…
The case was about a lady in a retirement home who died and when her daughter clears the room she finds an urn. The very mysterious part of it all is that it’s not empty! Are they human remains, and if so, whose remains are they and why are they there? Ah a perfect job for Detective Inge to find out.
When you scan a code with your phone it starts the game and you can really investigate. I could choose an action and had the options then to investigate, interrogate or accuse someone. If I was stuck I could also ask for a hint from DS Hunter, but I do have to say that it is an automated program so I got the same hints quite a few times.
The start was fairly difficult because I had no idea where to begin but when it became clear you also had to investigate web pages and a Facebook page, I was off to a good start and I started reading every post and article available on a certain site. There was a bump in the road though that got me completely stuck a little later and I had to sleep on it because the hint didn’t help. I just didn’t know what to do or what to investigate about a certain item but the next day I found the right keyword to ask the police, and from thereon I was on a roll.
The investigating work was great and challenging. I had to study dna and pieces of handwriting, open a safe with a code I had to find somewhere, and decypher a cryptic language. It was all really well done and kept me pretty occupied for a good few hours. I did ask for a hint several times but then I also had to solve this case all alone so some extra little help was very welcome. You can play this alone as I did, but it certainly looks even more fun (and helpful as well) if you play it with 2, 3 or even 4 persons.
In the end I did it though!!
I really liked solving this, the mystery was impressively complicated and everything made perfect sense in the end. I had a fun time playing the game and I can totally recommend this mystery case (you’re welcome to DM me on Twitter or Instagram for extra help if you need it). I’m worried that the other cases with more difficulty would prove to be too complicated for me though and it would be a shame to spend money on it and then be completely stuck. So I don’t know yet if I’ll order another box – the next level up – in the future but I’ll let you know if I do.
As I said, there’s one English game, Missing in Jericho, it’s all digital and it certainly sounds amazing to play as well. So if you liked what you read, maybe you want to try it out yourself. If I can do it, then you can do it! You can also buy a digital voucher on the site, so maybe, just maybe, you can start a new Christmas list already with the perfect gift for someone ;-)?
So what do you think? Any thoughts or comments about the crimibox? Have you played other boxes perhaps that are worth recommending? Let me know!