Quirk of the Month: Mystery Manila’s Card Game

When I was 11 years old, I wanted to be many different things when I grow
up—writer, lawyer, and during one brief period, toy maker. I wanted to invent different board games and puzzles for kids.

The people working at Mystery Manila currently do that for a living. They’re in charge of designing the game rooms of Mystery Manila’s three branches and organizing the live role-playing games of Murder Manila. After attending the press launch in February, I went home with an exclusive special-edition version of Escape from Enigma, an original card game created by Filipinos Errol Magdato and Ysa Bondoc.


The box comes with 7 character cards, 7 exit cards, 7 tool tokens, and an instruction manual. There are two ways to win the game—be the first person to escape or be the last person left alive. The game uses the elements of deducing a la Cluedo or Nancy Drew and bluffing a la poker. It’s for 2-7 players and the game lasts an average of 20 minutes.


The general instructions are quite confusing at first, so it’s best to reread the manual and check out their official video for tricks and tips.

You may purchase Escape from Enigma: The Card Game from Mystery Manila for ₱499. Once you’ve gotten the hang of the game, there’s an expansion pack available. This one deserves a spot in the shelves of Manila’s board game cafés.

What’s your favorite card game, dear readers?

April 25, 2016


  1. Jessa wrote:

    OMG! This game looks exciting and I wanna try it with my friends. This will be great if we go hang out together this summer break. Is monopoly considered a card game?hehehe

  2. Sandrah Araja wrote:

    Wow nice. 🙂 Nung bata ako di ko naiisip yang mga ganyan haha puro barbie lang inaatupag ko nun. Pero ikaw naisip mong mag invent ng laro. 😀 Di ko kasi gets ung mga UNO na yan. Nilalaro ko lang nun ung ungguy ungguyan at solitaire sa computer. 🙂

  3. Rhen E. wrote:

    Just by watching the game overview already excites me! Also, the fact that it is an original Filipino-made card game makes it much more interesting! As early as 6 years old I learned to play solitaire and tong-its! haha Of course the ever popular unggoy-ungguyan and pares will always be a favorite! It wasn’t until college that I was introduced to uno cards. There was also this card game called Wink Murder that I loved to play when I was a child!

  4. My fave card game is HARRY POTTER Gnome Toss and Harry Potter UNO 🙂 my sisters and i will love this game. Plus my mom. Haha!!

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