1-4 players 30 mins 14+
The Game of Atmospheric Adventure
Escape the Dark Castle is a casual, cooperative adventure game for 1-4 players, with a focus on atmosphere, player cooperation, and fun – perfect for newcomers to tabletop gaming. It takes 2 minutes to set up, lasts around 30 minutes, and no two games are ever alike.
Players take the role of prisoners on a quest to Escape the Dark Castle, and must work together to overcome its many horrors, traps, and challenges - each of which is represented by a large, beautifully illustrated chapter card.
As these immersive chapter cards are revealed one by one, the game takes on the form of a shared storybook experience, with the players making decisions about what to do each chapter before using a combination of dice and item cards to complete challenges.
How do you play?
The game has simple rules so it’s easy to learn. You’ll be able to get started within about 5 minutes. Click the button below for an overview, and you can read the full rules here. You can also watch this full introduction and playthrough video (45mins)
What makes this game special?
• It’s approachable - The game is designed with non-gamers in mind, but is no less rich and rewarding for it. Now anyone can enjoy the atmosphere of a classic fantasy quest.
• It’s quick - It takes 2 mins to set up and around 30 mins to play. No downtime, no elimination, and full player engagement throughout. No-one will be bored.
• It’s social - Many chapters offer a compelling choice for the group, stimulating regular player interaction and discussion. It's perfect for the pub or a games cafe, but can even be played solo!
• It's different every time - You never know what the next chapter will be, so there is plenty of tension and suspense as your unique adventure unfolds each game.
• It has a unique look - So many games look alike these days. Here is something truly distinct for your collection. We've worked hard to create a stylish look evocative of retro classics.
• There are no heroes - The playable characters are refreshingly ordinary. No musclebound heroes or buxmon heroines here, and there is an equal mix of male and female characters.
• You choose your path - The decisions you make will change how each chapter turns out, and play a significant part in determining success or failure.
• It’s the start of something big - We plan to add new chapters, characters, items and advanced rules to expand the game, not to mention taking you beyond the castle itself.
Adventure Pack 1: Cult of the Death Knight
Introducing the first expansion for Escape the Dark Castle!
3 New Characters & their Custom Dice - each a powerful specialist
15 New Chapter Cards – taking you to new areas of The Dark Castle
1 New Boss Card – the Death Knight himself, Lord of Decay
3 New Item Cards – introducing Curses, terrible afflictions to thwart your progress