In the escaperoom game The Baron, The Witch & The Thief, you solve puzzles to free your wife from the hands of the baron in his castle.
Your wife has been falsely accused of witchcraft and taken away by the Baron's men. She is locked up in the castle tower and it is your job to go and rescue her. Your neighbour Gerard will help you. When you are ready to start, you can open the first box which contains a puzzle and a booklet to help you solve the riddles. All riddles together always give you an answer in the form of numbers or a shape that belong to the letter A, B, C or D. With the help of the decoder you can check if your answer is correct and move on to the next box. Of course we are not going to tell you what is in all the boxes, but they are all challenging riddles!
The rules are all explained during the game, so you only need to learn a few rules beforehand. As you progress through the game, you will learn more and more about the story. At the end, you have to solve a riddle to reach the conclusion. After that, the game and the story are over.
If you cannot solve the riddles, you can also find hints. These hints do not give you the answer immediately but give you a push in the right direction. If you want to know the full answer, you will have to look for a walktrough on the website of Escape Room The Game. We did not need this, but we can imagine that you can get stuck in some rooms. If this doesn't bother you and you want to make it extra exciting, you can also set a timer to solve the escape room as quickly as possible.
After playing the first puzzle escaperoom Secret of the Scientist, we were wildly enthusiastic. So enthusiastic that we immediately went to see if there was another one. To our disappointment, there was no sequel, but that has now changed!
If you have already played Secret of the Scientist, you can start playing immediately because the rules are the same. The story is clear and accessible from the start, making the whole experience very exciting. The theme has to be one that you like, as it takes place in a medieval castle. So if you don't like knights and castles, it might not be the most fun for you. We think the gameplay is great too, regardless of the theme. So we would still recommend it even if you don't like the theme.
In other escaperooms, such as the Unlock series, we often had the problem that we did not see clear connections between all the cards and hints. However, this is not the case with The Baron, The Witch & The Thief. Almost all riddles are quite logical and clearly constructed. This certainly does not mean that they are easy. You will be busy with this game for about 3 hours. We found the riddles of this escape room slightly more difficult than the first one, but still doable. The riddles are also very different. At one riddle you need a lot of spatial insight while at the other you need to calculate things. This way the game remains fun and exciting during the three hours!
A minus point about this escape room is that the puzzle pieces are of poor quality. Some pieces were already damaged in the bags. Some pieces were also already stuck together. Opening the boxes was sometimes difficult, so you can easily tear them, so be careful with this!
When you have finished the puzzle, you can reprint all the parts you need to write on. That way, you can sell it or pass it on to someone you know. That way, a lot of people can enjoy one game! By the way, we didn't draw on anything, so you can also do it without printing.
Of course, escape room games are never the same as real escape rooms, but some come pretty close. Are you looking for a nice full evening escape game? Then we would definitely recommend this one or the Secret of the Scientist, if you haven't played it yet. In any case, we had a lot of fun for 3 hours!
Pros and cons
+ Almost no rules
+ Exciting story
- Bad quality puzzle pieces