Played one of the EXIT games this weekend with the game group. It was this one. EXIT won the Kennerspiel des Jahres this year, but was such a different type of game I hadn't brought it up to the group before Saturday.
It's basically an Escape Room in a box and it's a one-and-done (cards and props are written on or destroyed during play), but we got about 90 mins of entertainment out of it for a cost of about $15 which isn't bad.
Overall, I think I liked it much more than the rest of the group did. I love puzzles, and EXIT is basically that...a string of puzzles until you "escape". There's not much else to it, so the few guys who weren't into solving puzzles had nothing to look forward to until it mercifully ended. I was hoping to play the other EXIT games with my family, but the puzzles were definitely hard enough that my kids would have a hard time figuring any of them out on their own. Hell, we had to use a bunch of HELP cards to figure some of them out.
I've also played the UNLOCK series of games, which are Escape Room in a box style games, but you don't destroy any cards and you play with an app. I think the EXIT game was more thematic and felt more like an actual Escape Room. UNLOCK felt less connected and we stumbled on answers before we should have, so the app and cards started to be out of sync with each other, which took us right out of the moment. EXIT had you using props, drawing circles, making notes, and felt more immersive.
If you're an Escape Room fan, both are probably worth picking up, especially if you know you have a group that would be excited to puzzle solve for a bit. They don't completely scratch the Escape Room itch, however, as I missed the tactical puzzles, doors, locks that you get in a real Escape Room. For $15 each (which is anywhere from 1-3 hours of playtime, depending on how slow you solve puzzles), they're much more affordable than the real thing, and a worthy substitute.