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Buy 1 print-at-home escape room kit, get 1 free

Great family fun for $29 and a wonderful alternative to yet another game of Monopoly.

Rick Broida Senior Editor
Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
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These print-at-home escape room kits are great for quarantined families.

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Have you finished all the jigsaw puzzles? Played all the board games? If your family is desperately seeking a new, fun activity, I've got just the thing. For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get two print-at-home escape room kits for $29. That's normally what you'd pay for just one.

You're familiar with escape rooms, right? (They're awesome; I love them.) Similar idea here, except everything is condensed down to a tabletop experience. You'll still need to work together to solve a variety of puzzles, all of them provided on colorful, professional-looking printables.

The bundle includes two games. The Lost Mummy is a teen-friendly adventure designed for teams of two to four players. (Here's a thought: You could set up a Zoom meeting with friends, cousins, classmates or the like and have everyone compete to see which team finishes first.)

The second, Envy, is a 1920's-themed murder mystery, again for teams of two to four. For each game, you simply print out all the materials on plain paper. There may be a little cutting and/or folding as part of the setup, but nothing more involved than that.

Here's what I find especially cool: Each game also includes a designer's kit in the form of a PowerPoint version of the game, meaning you can edit and customize the clues, instructions and so on. 

These are genuinely fun games, a great alternative to yet another round of Monopoly and a solid deal at this price.

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Originally published earlier this year. Updated to reflect new availability. Removed expired bonus deals.

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