Escape Team is a digital-physical puzzle adventure. While it does require a mobile device running the Escape Team app, that's not where the action is.
Before playing, players print out a PDF document (a free download from www.escape-team.com
) for their mission. It contains the missions' puzzles, which require logical and creative thinking, as well as folding, cutting, drawing and glueing.
The Escape Team app provides the game's thrilling audio narrative, its gripping soundtrack and a merciless countdown. Also, it serves as the »game master« (checking the puzzles' solutions through a PIN pad). Nonetheless, the real action happens between the players, who cut, fold and draw, together and on real paper, in order to finish their mission in time.
Many of Escape Team's puzzles require close cooperation between players: Escape Team is a collaborative game in which the whole team joins forces to solve the maniac's puzzles before the bomb goes off.