Unlock! Nautilus' Traps Game (Unlock! Mystery Adventures)
If you're not familiar with them, Escape Rooms are 60-minute themed puzzle challenges held in locations all around the United States. The goal: escape from the locked room. Unlock! Games are based on that concept, but can be played at home using a free app. Each themed set contains a 10-card tutorial for practice adventure and a 60-card deck for the real deal. The first card of each adventure is a room card with several numbers listed: players quickly find and flip those cards. Cards can be red or blue Objects (which interact with another object of the opposite color); Machines (which are math-manipulated); and Codes, which represent locked items whose combinations must be found and entered into the application. Other cards include Places with numbered cards to flip over; Penalties to delay players; and Modifiers which can be added to red Objects. Once you've pieced together all the cards, you can enter the final combination into the application and "escape" the scenario! Games can only be played once with the same group, but are reusable for new players. A free Android/iPhone app must be downloaded, but an Internet connection is not required to play. 2-6 players; Winner of the French Game of the Year Award.
Our family has long enjoyed playing co-operative games from Family Pastimes. We play competitive ones, too, but enjoy fostering team spirit as we all work toward achieving a goal. If you haven't tried this alternative to playing together, here's an assortment of some of our favorites from this company.