By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on July 26, 2017
What if you found a mysterious notebook that turned out to be some kind of journal, written by the missing members of a top-secret excavation party? Would you look what's inside? Maybe even start looking for clues on what happened to them? I've always pictured myself as somewhat of a great clue hunter for the FBI or something. I wouldn't be out there in the field, but trying to solve a mystery in the comfort of a nice, cozy office, or in this case, my own living room. Yup, I'm totally up for that!
Journal 29 is an interactive book game. I read about it on Facebook and I was immediately fascinated by its premise. I totally love the idea of playing a game that is centered around a set of mysterious puzzles, which you can solve by collecting clues and with a little help from your mobile phone. So let's have a look at this baby, shall we?
The book itself is a little black book with only the game's title and logo on it. It looks very mysterious. When you open it, the rules of the game and how you play it are explained on the first couple of pages. What I immediately found is that getting the hang of how to play Journal 29 is really easy. When you have the book in front of you, you'll find a puzzle on the right-hand page. On the left page you can scan a QR code that leads you to the game's internet page. Here you will need to enter the answer to the puzzle you've just solved. If your answer is correct, you'll receive a word which you'll need to solve the next riddle.
As you can see, the basics to play this game are very easy, but I can tell you that the puzzles and riddles of this game are not; they are very, very challenging. The ease with which you solve these puzzles totally depends on how much info you have stored away in that old noggin' of yours and your ability to think logically or, in some cases, out of the box. Now, don't worry if you don't know everything there is to know about everything. If you don't know a lot about a certain subject, you can always ask your best friend: Google. You can use this to check some facts on a certain subject, if you're not sure, just like I did. And yes, I looked up facts, not answers!
And I'm not the only one who thinks this way. I'm sure that there are lots and lots of people among you that, just like me, would love to know if they're on the right track. To search for some kind of hint, so they can figure out the right answer for themselves. Well, the forum on the Journal29 website is the best place to be if you're looking for help. On this forum, all the fans of the game gather to help each other out, without spoiling the answers and the fun. There is even a spoiler banner, to censure answers. That way, you can reveal them one by one, whenever you want.
After a successful Indiegogo campaign at the end of 2016, more than six hundred people pledged a donation and helped make this dream come true for Dimitris Chassapakis and his team. The success of this campaign and the sheer number of players on the forum shows that there is a great community of interested people who love playing this game. Everyone who finished this book is already practically begging for a sequel. And I, for one, totally agree with them!
Journal 29 will test your ability to think outside the box. You need to think twice, draw, fold, turn the book upside down and more if you want to have a shot at solving all 63 riddles in this book. I would love to tell you more about it, but then I would start talking about the riddles themselves and I might spoil all your fun. And we can't have that, can we now?! So let me conclude this review by saying that Journal 29 is a real brain basher and a great game for anyone who loves to solve riddles and who is not afraid of a more than decent challenge!