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Published December 19th 2020
Review of Murder on Christmas Eve & other play-at-home game
With a Christmas like no other amid lockdown restrictions, games you can play at home provide even more light relief this year.

Murder on Christmas eve, Escape Hunt Game. Photo Alison Brinkworth
Puzzling fun for Christmas

Escape Hunt has launched new festive play at home adventures that will keep the whole family puzzling this Christmas.

The two new online Christmas games - The Bletchley Park Papers and The Murder on Christmas Eve - are the latest additions to a wide range of at-home games by the escape room company with bases in Birmingham, London and other UK cities.

Aimed at taking an hour, you can race through in a battle against the clock or take your time and revel in the puzzling.

There's already a good range of play at home games on the Escape Hunt website that have been developed since Covid emerged. Here's what to expect from the latest games...

The Murder on Christmas Eve

The Murder on Christmas Eve is a whodunit game that partly uses print out puzzles and is partly online. There's been a murder in Victorian London and information about all the suspects is on a website.

Murder on Christmas eve, Escape Hunt Game.
Christmas themed game from Escape Hunt

Reading through the clues, you are tasked with working out the time of death and motives in this fun game that has been perfectly themed to fit in with Christmas.

There's a wonderful cast of characters set in an olde world household with a Scrooge like victim. The murder weapons are also an array of traditional delights that would make Agatha Christie proud.

While the second aspect of the game involves solving a series of puzzles and logic conundrums to get to the truth.

Murder on Christmas eve, Escape Hunt Game. Photo Alison Brinkworth
Puzzles involve searching for clues in newspapers and files

Time and effort has been put into the look and feel of the puzzles with themes around a Christmas tree, mince pie recipe and more.

It's set at medium difficulty that are a good challenge to the little grey cells and there are puzzles that suit all ages. This game costs 14.99 from the Escape Hunt website here.

The Bletchley Park Papers

This game transports players back to World. War Two to famous British codebreaking base Bletchley Park. There's a festive atmosphere once more in this game which is all online. It's a digital game that doesn't involve any printing out at home.

The scene is set in December 1941 at Bletchley Park, where as a Secret Intelligence Service agent, you must track down a traitor in the ranks.

Bletchley Park, Escape Hunt, play at home games
Spies and intrigue in a new Escape Hunt game

There's a list of suspects to work your way through and a mystery involving a sunken submarine.

It's an intriguing and challenging game that doesn't involve the hassle of printing anything out, so ideal if there's a few of you that can crowd around a computer screen.

This game costs 9.99 and can be purchased here.

Escape Hunt CEO Richard Harpham said, "After the year that's been, we all need some Christmas cheer, so at Escape Hunt we've got activities to suit every bubble and budget. However, you're planning on getting festive and connecting with your loved ones; we have an adventure for you."

Find all the play at home games and more at the Escape Hunt website.
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