Dispatch by Breakout Games is an exciting, interactive mystery subscription that puts you in the middle of a detective story. Every month, Dispatch sends a new batch of clues that further the ongoing story. Each month’s installment is $24.99, and shipping is free. Each story lasts several months, but you can cancel anytime.
This month, I received the second installment of the “On the Run” mystery I started last month. In “On the Run,” you play the part of the amateur detective solving a mystery in which your childhood friend goes missing after being accused of murdering his wealthy fiancée. This month, the clues lead us to South America.
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As it was last month, all of the items are really high production quality, starting with the clever cigar-lookalike shipping box.
Inside, the box contains a variety of physical clues, from a for-real shredded note to newspaper articles. The copper coin (or is it a codebreaking key?) is legitimately heavy.
Unlike some other mystery boxes, Breakout is not just about solving a series of puzzles–you really have to immerse yourself in the story. This month, you have a new angle to the story with a mining disaster.
Among the physical clues, you will find internet hints that will send you to the computer to locate more clues. All of the trails lead logically along, so it’s less “solve the puzzle” and more “follow the clues.” That makes it a little challenging to do as a group activity, but it really sucks you into the storytelling.
Yes, that really is a shredded note for you to reassemble.
As usual, if you get stuck, you can access the clever hint system through the “Bailey Detective Agency,” where you can ask questions and receive an actual (non-form) email back. It adds a fun layer of authenticity to the game.
My 10-year-old and I have really enjoyed playing On the Run together. (I made her reassemble the shredded note, because I’m mean, obviously). I won’t spoil this part of the mystery for you, but here’s a tip: the investigating officer might not be the adversary you thought.
I think this is just a brilliant idea for a subscription box. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside the book and solve the mystery yourself, you will really love jumping into Dispatch.
Did you need any hints? Where do you think this will go next? Let us know in the comments!