TrappedEach box includes a ten-card tutorial deck so even those less experienced in the art of escape can dive right into the game experience. The tutorial briefly introduces each of the game's different card types and interactions so every player knows just how to take advantage of the cards in the game. We will use some of the tutorial cards to help illustrate the game here.
Your adventure begins with a starting card, explaining the situation in which you find yourself. To begin your escape, you then flip over this starting card and start the clock in the app. The card's backside will show a map scattered with numbers corresponding to other cards in the deck. You will have to combine or otherwise use these cards to unlock more of the deck. As you proceed, you will be instructed to discard anything that you won't be able to use again so you can keep your focus on the newly revealed puzzles.
Crunching the NumbersThere are a number of different cards you may encounter both in the starting room and throughout the game. Objects, machines, and codes will make up the majority of your puzzles, requiring a keen eye or a sharp mind to solve. Objects, for example, can be red or blue and can be combined with one another. When you match a red and blue card, you will add the numbers in the upper left-hand corner of the card. If there is a card in the deck matching the sum, it is a viable combination. Be careful though—some cards combinations will lead you into traps, and a wrong guess can result in a nasty time penalty.
Your First EscapeThe first Unlock! adventure, The Formula, takes you deep into the tunnels of New York's subway system in search of a brilliant chemist and his recently developed serum. Doctor Hoffman has been working for The Department developing a truth serum of sorts, but his communications with the agency have tapered off, and they have asked you to check in and retrieve this nearly-completed formula.
Unlock! Squeek & Sausage is the second escape adventure in the series. In this cartoon adventure, you'll be challenged to stop the diabolical Professor Noside from detonating his doomsday device. After getting caught in his clever traps, you'll have to do some quick thinking to break out and foil his evil plot.
The last and most difficult of the first three Unlock! adventures is The Island of Doctor Goorse. While the other adventures can be played by a single individual, this one requires at least two players, adding unique mechanics to the game. Following a crash on the island of an eccentric antiques collector and billionaire, you and your fellow players will be split into teams and cut off from one another, trying to simultaneously reestablish communication and find a way off the mysterious isle.