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Calling all detectives: Play this great online escape game for free (save $10)

You can enjoy The Escape Game: Unlocked solo or with a few friends, either in person or over Zoom.

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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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In The Escape Game Unlocked Vol. 1, you'll pore over clues to help track down an elusive art thief.

The Escape Game

Have you exhausted all your puzzles and board games? Looking for something new to play, either solo or with a small group? Check out The Escape Game Unlocked, an interactive, online puzzle experience for one to four players. There are three games available, each priced very reasonably at $10. But for a limited time, 1,000 Cheapskate readers can get The Escape Game Unlocked: The Heist, Vol. 1 - Chasing Hahn for free with activation code CNETUnlocked. First come, first served.

The game isn't timed; you play at your own pace. Ideally you'll have a printer on hand so you can refer to paper copies of various clues, though they're available via your digital dashboard as well. This is definitely something to be played on a computer, not a phone or tablet.

You can also share those downloadable digital assets with far-flung friends (who don't need their own activation). Then it's just a matter of doing some screen-sharing via Zoom (or something similar) so everyone can see the game dashboard.

I've played through the first chunk of Chasing Hahn, and so far it's been really fun. The clues are interesting and challenging, but not impossible, and there's a multistep hint system that I really like. 

If you like the game, I think $10 for additional chapters is money well spent. Check out the trailer:

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