On to our second game at Escapologic after we completed Curio.  Personally, I was reluctant to do Howitz, because I’m not a fan of horror.  But it was Chris’s birthday choice and so in we delved.

Another well designed and thoughtful puzzle room.  Good décor and presentation, and a sense of grimy weirdness that you would want from a ‘scary’ room.   There’s lots of space in Howitz – Eli’s deserted Toy Store – but you have to wonder whether you should be left alone….

Lots of surprises will be coming your way – some entertaining and others a little startling. The effects are good and the macabre theming will keep you on your toes and alert…. just waiting for the next thing to happen.  The atmosphere remains tense throughout, and the gamemaster did a great job at ensuring we remained a little on edge.

The puzzles are not too complex or difficult, but they work well for the whole team, we could all contribute and join in.  There’s one particular and quite original part of the game that’s set for one person only.  And that would be whoever is brave enough to enter the room alone!

Perhaps the room is a bit more ‘twisted mind’ than frightening, but they have managed to create a story and game flow that draws you into the weird world of this toy store and its highly disturbed owner.  There is a fair amount of searching to do at the beginning, but it does mature into a collection of puzzles that your team will enjoy – we played as a 5.

I suspect Howitz is as far as I could go on the Escapologic horror scale.   I for one, was a little relieved to get out.

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Time Remaining: 12.38 Minutes Clues Needed: 2 Escapers Top Tip:

Be bold in exploring.