Sleuth Kings – Isaac Case 006 (Review)

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Players:  We recommend 1-4

Price: $29.95 per box

It all ends here.

Theme:

The Isaac King Mystery/Conspiracy comes to an exciting climax! In this double sized case, Sullivan seeks to finally put to rest the years long investigation into his father’s disappearance, and bring those responsible to justice before they can slip away forever! We were thrilled to hear that the story would soon get some closure when Sullivan emailed us after Case 026, and were even more excited that there would be two cases to puzzle through!

First Impressions:

Athena the Crime Solving Cat was very excited to give it a whirl, as can be seen below:

It’s a well known fact that cats are very, very good at solving puzzles. Mostly the puzzle of “Why are you asleep? It’s 2 am and I’m hungry.”

High Points:

First and foremost, it is always difficult to bring a long term story to a close, and we’ve been working through Sleuth King’s Meta-Case for a good while, (since around June 2018 in my estimation,) and I was curious to see how the ending would pan out. I’m happy to say that it works very well within the universe of Sleuth Kings, and ties up all the loose ends in an appropriately satisfying way. Two big cliff-hangers were left at the end of Isaac Case 005, and splitting the endings of both of those stories into two separate cases was an excellent idea. Especially toward the back end of the case, communications with Sullivan were frequent and full of story tidbits, keeping us on the edge of our seats, and furiously puzzling! A new character that appeared to help us work out the final case was an excellent addition, and players who have stuck with this case for so long are really going to enjoy this particular plot point. The epilogue was great, and the addition of a letter from the creators of Sleuth Kings was awesome to see. One particular addition to the epilogue was fantastic, and left a few more clues for us to look into at our leisure.

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This being a double header of sorts, there were a lot more puzzles than usual for a Sleuth Kings case, but being arguably the most important case of Sullivan’s life, this was certainly fitting. The first case flew by for us, and while we felt the puzzles here were the easier of the bunch, they were still a lot of fun to work through. I do feel that the pace of the story is suited for these sorts of puzzles, which ensure players don’t get off track for too long, and keep with the break-neck speed at which the mystery suggests you’ll need to work, (but not to worry, there’s no real time crunch.) The culminating puzzle for this one was pretty straight forward and, like the conclusion of this first half of the adventure, left us eager for more. The second half of the game did ratchet the difficulty up to a more normal level for a Sleuth Kings case, and presented us with one of the most intensely satisfying meta-puzzles I’ve ever completed for a subscription box. It wasn’t the most flashy, but putting together the pieces was one of those moments of revelation that really sticks with you. The props for this part of the game were also the most exciting, and once again, Sleuth Kings has provided me with a clue that has become very useful in our day to day lives. This part of the mystery was also much more tactile, and provided us with a couple of nicely layered solves.

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Low Points:

Though there are two cases, they are a pretty quick solve for veterans, and by this point players are certainly veterans of at least 29 cases, so though there are more puzzles, they are easier on the whole. This is not to say there aren’t a few good challenges, but on the whole, players should expect this one to take the normal amount of time to complete. Beyond that, one of the puzzles was clued, but just a bit too vague to allow us to naturally make any connections. Luckily, a quick clue got us back on track.

Verdict:

Isaasc Case 006 is an awesome capstone to the meta-cases for Sleuth Kings, and showcases the strengths of the subscription beautifully. With excellent story telling, world building, layered puzzles, and an exciting conclusion, it’s definitely worth the wait! Though you’ll have to work through the normal cases for a while before receiving this one, other cases can be purchased from the Sleuth King’s archives here. If you’d like to subscribe to upcoming adventures, you can use the promo code ESCAPEADVENTURE to get $5 off your subscription here! You can also read the rest of our Sleuth Kings reviews here!

9/10 (Excellent)

Full Disclosure: Sleuth Kings provided a complementary box.

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