Based on the popular Escape Rooms that have popped up around Ireland over the past several years, Thames and Kosmos created this unique board game experience. 

If you haven’t tried one before, Escape Rooms involve you and a group of friends being locked in a room together. You typically have 60 minutes to solve a linear path of puzzles to eventually make your way through the exit door. It’s an activity that’s both exiting really unique.

In EXIT, players are trying to solve a series of puzzles and open the “locked door” of the room they are in. While each game of EXIT has its own theme, the goal remains the same. Start the timer and use the clues at your disposal to solve a series of puzzles to ultimately escape.

While each game of EXIT is slightly different, the main component in EXIT is going to be the cards. They come in three different forms: Puzzle, Answer, and Clue. The other component of note is the decoder wheel. This is used during the game to direct players to specific answer cards. I should also note that EXIT is considered a “legacy” style game, and you will most likely be destroying some components as you play.

The basic game play of EXIT is fairly simple. You start off with a rulebook, a decoder ring, and a few piles of cards. Usually you will have access to one or more puzzle cards at the start of the game.

Each puzzle will require some deduction, observation, or clever thinking to solve. Once you think you have an answer for a puzzle card, you input the solution into the decoder wheel. This will direct you to a specific answer card. If the card shows a big red ”X”, you’ve guessed wrong and will have to rethink your solution. If the answer card leads you to a correct guess card, you will be given addition puzzles to solve. Should you get stuck, every puzzle has a series of clue cards. These start out generic and eventually will reveal the exact solution. As you work your way through the puzzles you will ultimately open the final “lock” in the game and make your way out of the room.

Your final score will be based on how long you took and how many clues you used.