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The second in the Ronsealtitled Escape Room in a Box series following last year’s The Werewolf Experiment (and technically a sequel to that game, though you can dive straight in here), Flashback is an enjoyable and polished puzzler – but it comes at a cost.

Flashback’s headline feature is its three separate paths of puzzles, each involving a slightly different style of brainteasing and culminating in the cracking of an actual combination lock to open three colour-coded containers. What’s inside we’ll leave for you to discover, but the mental and physical reward for getting the answers right is a welcome treat.

The riddles are clever and varied, ranging from classic wordplay and visual tricks to one especially ‘cool’ physical gimmick. They individually land comfortably between straightforward and moderately cryptic, but even with three branches to complete the entire experience comes in a little short of the promised 90 minutes on the box – it took us just over an hour to complete all three paths with just two brains between us.

Despite the quality on show, the quantity (or lack of) makes Flashback a little hard to wholeheartedly recommend for the steep asking price versus strong and cheaper – if less flashy – alternatives such as Exit: The Game. If you can rustle up three groups of friends willing to chip in together and tackle one path each during three separate playthroughs, it becomes a much more attractive offering. As another plus, the game can be played carefully enough to keep its components intact (or they can be reprinted online for free), making it well worth passing on once you’ve bested it.

For the right price, Flashback makes for an hour or so of satisfying head-scratching – just don’t go in expecting anything more than it says on the box.


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Must Plays and more in our Best Games of 2019 issue of Tabletop Gaming. Over the next 196 pages discover all of the most positively reviewed games of the year. With a massive 181 games reviewed, this is the definitive “what to play next” guide of 2019! Games reviewed include: Wingspan Copenhagen Hellboy: The Board Game Res Arcana Lifeform Century: A New World Megacity: Oceania Pandemic: Fall of Rome Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Rough Nights & Hard Days Azul: Stained Glass of Sinatra Tapestry Letter Jam Hako Onna Everdell Battle Ravens Dune + Many more!

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