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An a-maze-ing game book of unique dungeon crawl puzzle adventures.
An a-maze-ing game book of unique dungeon crawl puzzle adventures.
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Twisty Little Passages

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Less than 48 hours remain to snag yourself a copy of Twisty Little Passages at a huge discount off MSRP!

Everyone pledging for one or more copies of the book will receive all unlocked bonus and stretch goals.

Upgraded heavy-duty 10 pt card stock glossy laminated pages!

All physical book backers also receive a free digital copy for print-and-play!

US, EU, Canada, and Australia customs-friendly shipping!

Group backers can combine their pledges to receive a big discount on shipping!



Twisty Little Passages is a solo game book that is a unique blend of puzzle and dungeon crawler in a classic tabletop fantasy adventure setting. It features a multi-chapter campaign story that progresses through a series of over two dozen illustrated dungeon maps, where each area is a hand-crafted puzzle. Fight monsters, acquire keys to open doors, get life-boosting elixirs, powerful equipment and enchanted items, and defeat the boss at the end of each level. Use your wits to find the right path through each area and survive. Solve each puzzle to move forward with the story.

Twisty Little Passages is a game of full-color, fully-illustrated thematic puzzles. Engage your imagination in a series of dungeon crawls and enjoy the experience of interacting with a real book at the same time. Play it easily wherever you go!

If you like puzzles, mazes and dungeon crawl adventures, you'll find this a uniquely engaging experience!

Twisty Little Passages Book
Twisty Little Passages Book

Special challenge areas will contain an extended layout, with multiple story pages tied to epic two-page map spreads.

To play, you draw right on the laminated dungeon maps with a fine-tipped dry-erase pen to track your progress as you explore, find treasure, track stats and inventory, defeat enemies and uncover the secrets of solving each area. Survive each puzzle without getting stuck or running out of health. It may require multiple attempts to find the solution to a puzzle, and it's easy to restart your progress by wiping the page to start again.

BONUS MATERIAL: We're including a section in the back of the book with spoiler-resistant progressive hints for all the puzzles to keep difficulty balanced for all players, plus another section with full solutions.

Podcasts

Listen to a six-minute segment reviewing Twisty Little Passages in the On Board Games podcast with Isaac Shalev (starts at 5:05).

Tutorial Puzzle 1-1: Kradra Prison
Tutorial Puzzle 1-1: Kradra Prison

Rules of play

Learn the basic rules of how to play through the puzzles here:

Prototype rules for download (PDF)


Print-and-play versions of demo Puzzles 1-1 through 1-5

After reading the rules above, try to solve these introductory puzzles from the book in order:


Demo Puzzle 1-1: Kradra Prison -- keys and locks tutorial


Demo Puzzle 1-2: Underground Caverns -- combat tutorial


Demo Puzzle 1-3: Abandoned Hub -- armor tutorial


Demo Puzzle 1-4: Roach Nest -- multiple equipment pieces tutorial


 Demo Puzzle 1-5: Kradra Prison Escape -- multiple enemies tutorial 


There are 27 standalone puzzle areas (including unlocked stretch goals) total in the book, plus world map and secret meta-puzzle stretch goals.  After the brief introductory puzzles featured above in the tutorial chapter, each puzzle thereafter becomes larger, increasingly more involved, and more complex and challenging.  Get ready to put on your thinking caps!

We designed each puzzle to be played in about a single sitting.  Expect to play each puzzle beyond the tutorial for around 15-90 minutes, some shorter and some longer, with some especially challenging areas that can take longer.  You can pause and continue play at any time, simply closing the book to save your place in the current area.

Total play time to solve all puzzles is estimated at 15-30 hours.

Written reviews 

Read Father Geek's review of Twisty Little Passages.

The final production version of Twisty Little Passages will feature multiple upgrades over the prototype preview copies you see here and in videos, including:

  • Metal wire-binding, not plastic spiral bound
  • Offset printing (no white border along the edge of the page)
  • Plus all unlocked bonus and stretch goals listed above, including heavy-duty 10 pt card stock glossy laminated pages!

(Early puzzle spoilers)

Here are playthroughs of the simple tutorial puzzles in the introductory chapter of the book.  The length of the tutorial puzzles is not representative of the remainder of the game content. Puzzles beyond the tutorial chapter become larger, more involved and more challenging.  From play testing, later puzzles take about 15-90 minutes each to solve, some shorter and some longer, and total playtime is estimated at 15-30 hours.


jPlay advances through puzzles #1 through #3, showing how the puzzle concepts progress from simple to more complex:

Rahdo runs through puzzle #5, providing an engaging experience of what solving one of the final introductory puzzles in the book is like:

Gamer's Remorse plays through puzzles #1, #2 and part of #4 and provides a nice review segment (starting at 18:45):

One Stop Co-op Shop reads through the one-page intro backstory and plays through puzzle #4 (starting at 5:23):

Twisty Little Passages is Floship certified.
Twisty Little Passages is Floship certified.

We will be using Backerkit as our post-campaign fulfillment suite and pre-order management platform, through which additional copies may be obtained following the campaign up until the time the final product is ready to be manufactured and prepared for shipping.

Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter finishes, close to the time the finished product is being prepared to ship, based on actual costs incurred to ship and will be collected via BackerKit. This allows us to charge fairly for all backers and avoid a 'one size fits all' mentality to shipping.

Estimated shipping cost (USD):
                                                                    US - $8
                                                                    UK/EU - $12-17
                                                                    Australia - $12-15
                                                                    Canada - $15-17
                                                                    All others* - $20-25
 

Final price will depend on the ultimate package weight, which can be affected by the inclusion of bonus and stretch goals.

For orders of multiple units, it is anticipated we can provide a substantially reduced bulk shipping price per unit. In many cases, you can expect shipping price per unit to be roughly halved, though this will ultimately depend on your specific order and destination.  Questions directed to us on specific shipping situations are welcome.

Our goal is maximize the value we provide you while keeping production and shipping overhead as low as possible.  See the FAQ for more details on shipping considerations.

*  We will not ship to Russia, the Ukraine and certain places in Asia and the rest of the world where shipping is problematic, except for specially-made arrangements wherein the Backer takes the risk involved in receiving the package.


Project Timeline

Here is an outline of the anticipated schedule for project execution. Exact dates may vary due to events outside our control.

  • 05-06/2019 — Kickstarter
  • 06/2019 — Pledge Manager opened
  • 06-10/2019 — Final development
  • 10/2019 — Pre-production
  • 11/2019 — Pledge Manager deadline
  • 12/2019-01/2020 — Mass production
  • 02-03/2020 — Sea freight
  • 03/2020 — Fulfillment processing & deliveries
  • 04/2020  —  Buffer 

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Risks and challenges

We've completed all of the core puzzle content and story for the book and are rigorously playtesting it.

We've produced a preview prototype of the first chapter of the puzzles and story, which we have shared with early reviewers and you can view reaction to in the linked videos. We're raising funds via Kickstarter to generate and assess interest, complete production of the remaining illustration and deliver the highest-quality finished product possible.

We've been careful to keep this Kickstarter campaign as simple as possible to ensure that we can deliver the rewards at a level of quality that we can be proud of.

We will stay in communication with you throughout the project. Your interest and contribution is valued and appreciated!

As producer of six major game titles and a dozen expansions published over 15 years, we have solid experience in finishing, producing and delivering quality products. We have a clear plan for budget and timeline to produce and deliver this book at a high level of quality. Our plans include logistics partnering to able to deliver at scale, matching the demand we receive during the campaign.

As soon as the project is funded, we will apply the raised funds to the successful completion of the book and preparing and submitting it for printing. There is some flexibility in the shipping date based on production scheduling and issues, but I am confident in completing production and delivering this unique experience into your hands in early 2020. Our personal challenge goal is to have the book in your hands by the end of this year.

Stretch goals are being designed so that we can produce and deliver them in line with our published expectations around timing and shipping costs.

We are enabling backers to receive heavily discounted copies of the finished product during this campaign in acknowledgment of your support. Though additional copies may be available at retail price following the campaign, our initial print run will be focused primarily on fulfilling rewards pledged on Kickstarter and there will be no guarantee of subsequent print runs providing general retail availability.

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