P&A Magazine and Eric Berlin have teamed up to bring another one of the well known puzzle designer’s live extravaganzas to a wider audience by offering it for sale online through the P&A website.
Escape From The Haunted Library comes packing eight puzzles and a meta puzzle, for a “pay what you want” model, with a suggested price of $5, but the minimum seems to be around a dollar. All of the challenges are word puzzles, which are right in Berlin’s wheelhouse, with each featuring a different type of puzzle design.
The puzzle extravaganza has players diving into a haunted library, whose ghost has tossed eight books onto the floor, each with a different puzzle to solve. For every puzzle players complete, a bookmark is given that contains the meta puzzle.
Puzzles come themed around famous monsters from classic and modern fiction, including The Balrog, Dracula, the Minotaur, and Voldemort. Some are more loosely-based, while others are much more ingrained into the design and framework of the puzzles. Berlin’s puzzle featuring the Minotaur from Greek mythology mixes in the theme by creating a word puzzle and maze hybrid.
Escape From The Haunted Library original debuted as a puzzle event during the Connecticut Library Association’s annual conference, held at The Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa on the evening of May 4.
This is the second publishing collaboration Berlin has had with P&A Magazine, the first was Escape the Room: Room-less Edition, a puzzle hunt originally run at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in April 2016.