Many of us have nostalgia for older games and the styles they used. Escape the Dark Castle looks to recreate that “classic” look and feel, but brings in updated mechanics. In the game, players are trapped in the titular Dark Castle and must make their way out. However, it’s not going to be easy, as there’s plenty of traps, puzzles, and enemies that are all designed to make sure you never step outside the front door. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Escape the Dark Castle is a casual, cooperative adventure game with a focus on atmosphere, player cooperation, and fun – perfect for newcomers to tabletop gaming. It takes 2 minutes to set up, lasts around 30 minutes, and no two games are ever alike.
Players take the role of prisoners on a quest to Escape the Dark Castle, and must work together to overcome its many horrors, traps, and challenges – each of which is represented by a large, beautifully illustrated chapter card.
As these immersive chapter cards are revealed one by one, the game takes on the form of a shared storybook experience, with the players making decisions about what to do each chapter before using a combination of dice and item cards to complete challenges.
The game is largely inspired by 80s fantasy classics like the TV programme Knightmare, the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, Dungeons & Dragons, and Heroquest, but you don’t need to know what those things are to enjoy this game.
The game is up on Kickstarter now. The campaign’s about 1/3 of the way to its goal with still 29 days left to go.