Game Reviews

Game Review – Unlock!: House on the Hill

Players: 1-6
Age: 10+
Time: 60 max

I love puzzles and figuring them out. The video games I used to play all had some sort of puzzle feature because I loved that A-Ha moment when you figured it out. Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of frustration as well, but it always made for a sweeter release from the tension. With Escape Rooms gaining traction, we wanted to see what the fuss was about so while we were at the Mancala Monk we played Unlock!: House on the Hill.

Box art courtesy of Amazon

This game features two components: a numbered set of cards and a free downloadable app. The app provides atmospheric music, hints, and is used to progress through the numbered cards. The cards have a number on the back and are kept facedown until you discover them either by linking together components that go with one another or using a machine or code on the app.

Screenshot of Unlock game played at Mancala Monk board game cafe in Hamilton
Screenshot of Unlock! on Android

The House on the Hill takes you on a paranormal ride as you try to undo the damage done by some troublesome teenagers. (shake fist dramatically here) You have an hour to break the curse and we definitely needed it. We escaped with almost 3 minutes to spare before the house almost consumed us.

House on the Hill is great party game that is inexpensive to purchase but doesn’t have much replayability unless you run the game for others. With that said, you’ll still save money compared to an escape room which can run upwards of $80 for a group of 4. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do at a board game cafe, or for your next party, I recommend thinking about Unlock!


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