Playing spies is pretty classic childhood play and Yulu has now made a line of action games out of this fantastic theme under the brand Spy Code. So far there are three games in the line available exclusively at Target: Break Free $19.99, Safe Breaker $24.99, and Operation Escape $29.99. Today I’m going to talk about Break Free — and who doesn’t love a game about speed handcuff escape?
Each player has a single-handcuff that is linked to the group (although it doesn’t have to be), and players race to unlock the puzzle lock. It’s interesting how it works; there are three levels of puzzle locks and at the beginning of the game everyone inserts a green puzzle into their handcuff and then they race to unlock it. You have to twist and turn the key as well as move it in and out to get your handcuff to pop off. Then players collect score coins based on how well they did. The first player gets the most points, second gets the second most, and the last player gets none. The next round is the yellow puzzle insert and the points are higher, and the last round is the red puzzle with lots of points on the line.
With more than two players Break Free was really fun! There are some alternative ways to play on the back of the instructions – like cuffing your non-dominant hand, playing in the dark, or doing all three levels consecutively to see who can finish first. I’m sure kids could think of more too; we played a variation where we drew coins at random when you finished and the first player drew 2 coins. The regular game wasn’t as dazzling for 2 players, because the scoring coins didn’t really make sense. If you win the first 2 rounds (3 points + 6 points = 9 points) and the other player won the third you both scored 9 points but any other combination the player who won 2/3 rounds won the game and the “race” aspect was just too quick with one person winning and one person losing versus having a first place, second place, third place winners. But in the alternative instructions it suggests you put 2 cuffs on and race that way or even just racing through all the levels at one time were way more satisfying. Considering doing it behind your back or running to different parts of the room for the next puzzle locks. Overall, Break Free was fun with 3-4 players but with 2 players do something wonky to make it more of a challenge – and thankfully there are a ton of ways to do that!
Break Free Stats:
~$20 Target ONLY