dmNorthTV plays … Unlock! The Night of the Boogeymen

dmNorthTV and Guests play board games!!  Saturday nights, we get together with friends and try and play a stream friendly board game.  It is usually a fun get together with great people.  A time to enjoy to social aspect of gaming that we are lacking right now.

Here, you will find our short and sweet review on the board game we have played from each of the players.  We stream the gameplay on the dmNorthTV Twitch channel every Saturday.  Come hangout and say “Hi” if you get a chance.

Saturday, we played through Unlock! The Night of the Boogeymen.  The Unlock! series are from the escape room genre of games.  You work together to solve puzzles that lead you out of the room you are trapped in… or in the case of this game, lead you to defeat the Boogeymen.

Boardgamegeek describes Unlock! The Night of the Boogeymen as:

Little William has been having sleepless nights as of late. The poor boy has been attacked by monsters from nightmares: the boogeymen! Under the cloak of darkness, you open William’s door to seek out the monsters. Be careful as you fight with them; William is sleeping, and you can’t wake him up!

The Night of the Boogeymen is an Unlock! adventure for up to six players. With just one hour on the clock, players must work through a deck of sixty cards as a team, searching for clues, combining objects, and figuring out puzzles to solve the mystery and escape the countdown timer. The free Unlock! app runs the timer while providing clues, giving hints, and helping players succeed. Once the team has reached the solution and entered the correct code, they’ve escaped, and the game has been won!

We were joined by comicsmike and RonathanPxPx to see if we can defeat the challenge in the time allotted.  You can take a look at our gameplay video on our YouTube channel, or scroll on down to see what we thought of the game.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***

Escape room games are meant to be a one and done experience.  If you have not played this game and do not want to see the solutions to the puzzles, we recommend you skip the video until you have done so.  If you have no intention of playing this, or just want to get a feel for how the game works, feel free to watch.  There are enough other Unlock! game out there.

Either way… give it a like! 😉

Final Thoughts About . . . Unlock! The Night of the Boogeymen

Here, we will give you some basic thoughts about the game we played.  This is by no means meant to be an in-depth review of the game, as there are already lots of those out there.  This is just a “what did we think of it and would it be a good board game night game” type thing.  If you want to see something more in-depth, please let us know in the comments below.

Rating System

  • 5 Meeples: Fantastic Game, A must-play game!
  • 4 Meeples: Great Game, minor flaws.
  • 3 Meeples: Good Game, some weaknesses.
  • 2 Meeples: OK Game, needs work.
  • 1 Meeple: Awful Game. Do not play this unless you want to punish yourself.

jourdo 

This was my first playthrough of an Unlock! game.  Previously, I had tried one of the Exit series and I did not love the experience.  This was completely different.  I had way more fun and the puzzles made logical sense.  The app integration is pulled off perfectly in this game.

While this game is a little difficult to fully appreciate playing online, it still worked well with the webcam format.  You definitely need a decent camera to help your fellow players in this one.  The biggest negative for this genre of games is replayability.  Once you have completed the puzzles, there is no need to ever play it again.  This is a one and done game.  For a casual night at the game table, this is an excellent way to spend an evening.   For the price point, this was worth it for some entertainment with friends.

SuperK

Unlock was fun and I enjoyed playing. We all worked very well together and we all had our “oh oh oh” moment. Playing online was good though Matt had to do all the work but we all had the app which may have helped. We didnt win but completing in 70 min was really good considering we did this online. These types of game have no replay value but if its cheap (less then $15), its worth it.

comicsmike

I’m am here once again to give you a review of a game, Unlock! Night of the Boogeymen. Unlock! is a group of games that are escape rooms in a box. The concept is you are trying to solve some kind of mystery in an hour. How you do this a fun hide and seek with some cool cards and an interactive app. The app is almost to intuitive, and the card system is simple. In Night of the Boogeymen, you are trying to save a little boy from bad dreams brought on by three boogeymen. I can’t say much about the game without giving away spoilers, but I will tell you I had a fun time, and I would enjoy playing a different Unlock! sometime. I got excited every time we figured something out. The game is a bit difficult to play online, because it is hard to see everything on the cards over the internet. I would think this would be much easier in person.

RonathanPxPx

I have always been intrigued by these escape room inspired games. Will they be good, meh or terrible? For this being my first time Unlock! Night of the Boogeymen was a great experience having never experienced an escape IRL nor playing an escape room style game before, Only one of us had a copy which is all you need per group as well as someone/everyone can download the companion app for free. To warm up and be familiar with the game mechanics as well as the app they have a tutorial deck that provides a solid basis for everyone in the group to get started. After that it was on to the main game where little Timmy (i think that is his name) is haunted by the Boogeymen and we have to defeat them before our 60 minute timer runs out. The game has you search various objects & spots in a room which is assigned to a specific card number that has you enter codes and use mechanisms via the app. Certain cards can be combined to reveal new cards that create new items or can reveal new locations. Beware though, certain new cards reveal constraints that force your team to have a disadvantage like only allowing for a maximum of 4 cards to be face up on the table at a time or forcing a time of silence and no table speak. There are also penalties for entering the wrong code in the app, a 2 minute deduction in time would be one of these results. Now considering we played this over webcam, we were able to finish and win in 70 minutes. ( according to the game timer after penalties were accessed) The only drawback to this game is that it is essentially a legacy game, once you play it you are done with it and there would be no reason to play this expansion again. Thankfully Unlock1 has at least 30 expansions that you can either purchase a single scenario for sub $15 US and or a trio of scenarios for sub $30 US. Works good over webcam, works best in person.

If you are interested in getting a copy of Unlock! The Night of the Boogeymen for yourself, please check out one of the best online board game stores in Canada… Board Game Bliss.  Clicking through that referral link helps the site out and we thank you for that.

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Thanks for reading!

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