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.