The Detective Society Review by Gemma- August 2020

Something a little bit different today, but we like different here at Boxession! Thank you very much to Dan at The Detective Society for sending over this great box to review!

The Detective Society is a monthly mystery crime box where you have to solve puzzles, investigate clues and use your detective skills to crack the case! Each box is a self contained investigation, or episode, within a complex 6 episode season. You can play alone or with others and each package offers puzzles, cryptic codes to decipher as well as interactive characters that you ‘contact’ via email, SMS or messenger. There are QR codes with clues if you get really stuck too.

If you missed my unboxing of this, you can find it here on our Youtube:

The box arrived via Royal Mail and is not letterbox sized so you will need to be in to receive it, but it is worth it. When you open it out, this is what you see:

There is a small envelope, a larger envelope, a card with QR codes on for the rules and clues and a little badge, which I am assuming are collectable every box! When you open the smaller envelope, it explains that you have been assigned to a missing persons case on behalf of a company called Dolosus Global. They explain that the larger envelope contains all that you need to investigate the case.

On opening the larger envelope, there was a letter explaining what the rest of the contents were: a locked zip folder and 3 smaller envelopes labelled X, Y and Z. It explains that you have to solve the 3 cold cases in the smaller envelopes to get the combination for the lock on the zip folder, which contains all the information about the missing persons case.

The 3 cases inside the X,Y and Z envelopes are all different and play to different strengths, which I really enjoyed! You can access the clues via the QR code on the card if you get stuck at any point.

Once I gained access to the zip folder, there were all the resources I needed to investigate the case. I don’t want to give too much away for those of you who want a go yourself, but it involved using a map of london, the missing person’s bank and phone records, analysing photographs and ‘interacting’ with several characters via email to try and track them down.

It was great fun and took me about 2 hours from start to finish- there was even a little twist at the end that leaves it on a cliffhanger ready for the next instalment!

The Prices

There are a few options here:

  • Single Episode (one box)- £30
  • Monthly subscription- £27 per month
  • Whole Season- £144

My Verdict

I absolutely love this idea- it definitely kept me occupied for a few hours and is perfect for this current situation we find ourselves in. I had a lot of fun and enjoyed challenging myself to something a little bit different. I did get stuck a couple of times but thanks to the clues, I could get back on track in no time. If you like puzzles, murder mysteries, escape rooms or deciphering cryptic clues, this is the perfect subscription for you!

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Thank you for reading!

Gemma x