It's amazing. Either I'm extremely rusty, or their puzzle design is specifically designed to make me flail about for an embarrassingly long time until I find the solution; I don't want to admit how long it took me to solve this one. This same thing happened with the Kickstarter puzzle they shared; I must have stared at the part that had the solution for that one at least five or six times before I solved it.
So I actually ended up having the chance to work on this last night, and to my surprise, it was both a fast solve and honestly quite meh compared to what I was expecting. The puzzles were fine but I wouldn’t say particularly creative, and there’s quite a lot of busywork in some of them. I was also really surprised by the first set of puzzles with how wildly varied their difficulty level was (one seemed so simple that I thought I was missing something).
Another issue: the final puzzle requires sending in an exact answer and at least for me, that answer is not accepted; I even checked in their clues to confirm that I had the right answer. Small update: after emailing them it turned out that they required an extremely specific format for part of the answer, one that I somehow did not guess even after four attempts. They've updated the system to allow for the variants that I had, but this was needlessly frustrating and somewhat bizarre given how commonplace what I was putting in was.
I’d give this a B minus/C plus. Presentation is great, experience itself not so much.
Last Edit: Aug 15, 2020 16:47:00 GMT -5 by dmikester
Well, just finished Episode Two and it was leaps and bounds better than the first episode, and one of the more enjoyable boxes of this kind that I've done. A sizable number of puzzles and physical/digital items, some very clever and thoughtful (and on occasion challenging) puzzle design, and this one really makes you feel like you're a private investigator. The puzzles are kind of similar to each other (which makes sense given the narrative and what you're trying to find), but nonetheless each one requires a different approach. Also, this box relies heavily on deduction and observation compared to code-breaking, which was very refreshing. There are also an impressive number of fake websites associated with this episode (honestly, a couple of the websites may or may not be fake, this is that well designed).
Overall, this box is what I was hoping for from Detective Society, and makes me quite excited for Episode Three. Easily in the upper echelon of puzzle box experiences.
I couldn't help myself and bought the entire first season. They shipped me the first 2 episodes at the same time, and I received them both today. Out of curiosity, how long is it taking you guys to finish the boxes on average? I finished both in 4-5 hours. The second one took me a little longer than the first because I spent a fair amount of time sifting through the details and enjoying the story. Even though I think it's very well thought out, I am struggling with the lack of proof-reading and plot holes.
diggitydoodog: I've had dubious documents for 2 years now and finally went to work on it. Would anyone on here be willing to PM me the answer or post it in a spoiler so I can check the solution?
Sept 17, 2020 11:44:39 GMT -5
Todd: Did you hear about the dwarfish fortune teller who broke out of jail? Police are on the lookout for a small medium at large.
Oct 15, 2020 21:35:58 GMT -5
distantsmoke: It’s snowing here in NE Kansas! Yay!
Oct 26, 2020 9:51:04 GMT -5
Todd: I once went to a zoo whose only animal was a dog! It was a shih tzu.
Oct 27, 2020 18:20:25 GMT -5
rob: There are 10 types of people in this world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Nov 17, 2020 17:47:10 GMT -5
AMH: Wow, I never realized that collecting and doing puzzles could make you a millionaire... If you were a billionaire !
Nov 18, 2020 23:54:06 GMT -5