Ah, summer camp. Your favourite time of year. Swimming in the lake, s’mores and songs by the fire, spending time with friends, the quiet darkness of the forest…
And then, in autumn, you get a package in the mail from your favourite counselor Remy. Camp Moonforest has been shut down in a hurry, a note tells you, and the grounds are abandoned. Something has happened. Nothing is as it should be. Remy needs your help.
Some of the items in the package aren’t as they should be, either.
That forest was almost too quiet, if you think about it.
The perfect introduction to mystery and intrigue for younger adventurers, Camp Moonforest is inspired by classic 1980s coming-of-age tales from Stand By Me to E.T. to Stranger Things. It's right on-trend! (Intrigued but not quite sure? Check out the trailer!)
My daughter (10) really enjoyed this adventure. It is based around a sort of non-linear book, that requires puzzles to be solved before revealing the next part. The care and thought that went into the package is great, wonderful attention to detail. It felt like a really immersive story, with great props & a whole hidden layer of tings that was revealed as we progressed ! It does cost a fair bit for something that last a few hours - but I compare it to something like an 'at home' immersive theatre trip, kinda like an immersive book experience (not that books aren't immersive, but what's exciting is that with this you can feel more evolved in the plot . I did feel that there could have been a little more of the structure of a 'choose your own adventure' style book - with maybe some dead ends, and you could retrace your steps and find different clues - maybe introduce this aspect more for follow up kids / family packages ? (part, 2, expansion adventure ?). As noted, it's not so cheap, but it was a memorable and unique experience. My daughter wanted to keep the safe and has a lot of fun with the invisible ink, so the gift lasts beyond the playing.
I bought this for my step granddaughter for her birthday, and she loved it from the moment she saw the packaging. She's a smart girl, and solved it in about two hours. Anytime you can take a 14 yr old's attention away from her cell phone for two full hours is a "Win" situation. Thank you, MPC!