Dispatch On The Run – Box 3 Posted in: Dispatch, Reviews
If you love escape rooms you need to try Dispatch‘s subscription box series On The Run. The subscription box series gives you the escape room experience from the comforts of your home. In On The Run you solve a series of puzzle and search for clues to unravel a mystery.
Each month’s installment is $24.99, and shipping is free.
There are 7 boxes in the On The Run Series, which thus far has been outstanding. On the Run by Dispatch is our favorite subscription box of the year and we can’t praise it enough.
The general story is that your best friend is accused of killing his wife, a wealthy oil heiress. You are to track down your friend and figure out the mystery around the murder.
The series is designed to be played either solo or as a group. We played each box with a group of 4 people which left plenty for everyone to do, but the game could be played with a larger group too. The one important factor when playing the game is you will need access to the internet as many of the clues or puzzles require you to search online. In some of the boxes, we have found it much easier to use a laptop instead of a phone.
SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF BOX 3
Dispatch On The Run box 3 continues where the narrative left off in box 2. In box 3 we are taken to Japan to further the investigation. The majority of box 3 focuses on looking into a fire at a local hotel, with the box ending in a recap video that explains everything you should have discovered.
Inside box 3 of Dispatch On The Run there was
- Folding fan
- Hotel notepad
- Origami paper + instructions
- Fingerprint card
- Tabloid covers
- Newspaper articles
- Eyewitness account
- Internal memo
- Sudoku puzzle
We loved how box 3 took us to Japan, and how so many of the clues & puzzles were designed to perfectly fit the Japanese theme. Every time we open a Dispatch box we are amazed by the quality of the props which are much better than anything we’ve seen in other escape boxes from other companies. Magazines look like real magazines, while the fan and chopsticks were nicely made and not the standard poor photocopies we’ve learned to expect from other escape box companies.
Overall we love the origami clue but were left feeling frustrated with some of the fan/chopsticks puzzle and with mystery clue as deciphering the message took way too long for an unsatisfactory message. By far this that the hardest box so far, and while we loved the better quality of the props, two of the puzzles we didn’t enjoy. If you do get stuck there is an email you can send questions to, or you can join the Facebook group (the Facebook group provides fast support).
To solve box 3 you will need box 2 (something that isn’t clearly stated any will help you in tackling this box), so make sure to keep everything from all your boxes!
We can’t wait to try box 4, and highly recommend that you subscribe to Dispatch as you will love playing On The Run.
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