In search of some family entertainment during your stint in self-isolation? While Dubai and Abu Dhabi escape rooms might be closed for the time being, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able recreate the experience at home.
As well as family board games to try, and some more options for grown-ups, there are a number of at-home escape room board games you can get online to stimulate the old grey mass and get you working in sync with your fellow self-isolators.
Escape Room The Game
It’s sort of in the name really, isn’t it? Escape Room The Game sets a 60-minute timer, needs three-to-five people to play, gives you a mysterious Chrono Decoder (batteries not included), gives you a pat and says “off you pop” as you disappear into one of three worlds: “Space Station”, “The Dentist” and “Secret Agent: Operation Zekestan”. Expansion packs are available too, if you’re in the mood for a bit of Jumanji action or some psycho clowns. Who isn’t…
From Dhs280, www.amazon.ae
Exit: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin
Costing less than the other games on this list, this series of games aren’t replayable, but there are loads of them to choose from and start from Dhs70 a pop. In The Abandoned Cabin, your car has broken down, and you find shelter in, you guessed it, an abandoned cabin. In the morning, the doors are locked and the windows are barred up. Combine a decoder disk with various playing cards and items to figure your way out. Other games in the series take you to ancient Egypt, forgotten lands, the Arctic, secret labs and even The Orient Express.
From Dhs71, www.amazon.ae
Mattel Games Escape Room in a Box: Flashback
In this 1980s-inspired set, you and up to seven of your friends and family have got 90 minutes to, as the game describes it “decipher clues, solve puzzles, crack codes and flee the mad scientist werewolf, Doc Gnaw”. There are 19 puzzles, across three game paths, meaning you can play the game up to three times with no overlapping puzzles or storylines. There are four real combination locks in the set for you to crack, as well as integration with Amazon Alexa to help give you hints, a soundtrack and more.
From Dhs207, www.amazon.ae