The Case Of The Haunted Dollhouse Week #4 Review – November 2017
An utterly unique experience awaits within The Haunted Dollhouse. Original designs and antique objects weave a gorgeously immersive puzzle, imagining an alternate history of New Orleans played out across a tiny stage.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse
The Cost: $175 for five boxes. (This works out to $35/box.) Shipping is $19.99 within the US for a box containing all five parcels or $49.99 to have a box sent each week as the mystery unfolds.
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The Products: ‘Each mysterious parcel contains 10–30 pieces: word games, puzzles, simple DIY projects and various miniature & antique objects.’
Ships to: Worldwide
This box was marked with a bloody – or painted? – fingerprint.
This is the fourth installment of a five-package subscription that tells a story about an old building in New Orleans that was the site of a mysterious death and that is also said to contain hidden treasure. I’ll show all the items, but will be keeping some of the secrets hidden for subscribers who want to be surprised. If you want to catch up on the story, check out my earlier reviews of this box.
This envelope is sealed evidence! I love how mysterious this looks before it’s even been opened.
This little metal clock was sent in a flurry of shredded book pages.
This little parcel almost looks like a gift!
The little box contained flower petals, a porcelain vase and a guide to the language of flowers. There does seem to be something strange about the guide though – certain letters are missing. What could that mean?
The vase is tiny, with little flowers and gold trim. I believe the main flower is a rose, which has a meaning of ‘secret love’.
I love the design of this card! There’s a note inside too.
Hmm, a blood (or paint?) smeared guide to flirtation. Did someone become angry and tear it up in a rage, or was it simply an accident?
This is a typed police report about a murder! I won’t say who it is, but it’s a surprising twist.
These are collected statements about the crime – it looks like Clare is a suspect! And her statement is a riddle. Have you figured it out? (One of the other items is a big hint!)
Here are some evidence photos. Was someone stabbed with the scissors? The related Letters from Dead People website also shows scissors at the top of the page; maybe there’s a connection.
The remaining items were tied with string.
Every box has a page from a book. This one is a pirate tale!
Here are the admission papers showing that Clare Bellamy was admitted to a mental hospital.
Here are Clare’s fingerprints – was she really capable of murder?
These are the wall coverings for the third and final room of the dollhouse – look at the bloody handprint on the cabinet! I hate to think about what happened in this room.
The furniture includes an organ. I can just imagine eerie music as the soundtrack to this story.
This is how the room looks now. The clock seems quite big compared to the other items, and I wasn’t sure where to put it. But isn’t that settee beautiful? I want it in real life.
Here’s the current state of the dollhouse, with only one box left to go. I’m hoping that one might have a floor or carpet for the third room. I’m still not confident about the floor order, so the wallpaper is just taped on.
Looking at this photo made me remember the key on the desk – I’m still not sure what it’s for. Does it open something, or is it used to wind the clock?
Verdict: This time the story had some dark twists that I wasn’t expecting, even after the sad events of the previous box. This pink room is my favorite, blood and all. This box almost seems like it could be a conclusion to the story because some loose ends are tied up, so I’m curious to see what will happen in the final box.
I believe this subscription runs once or twice a year, so if you miss it this time, there’ll be a chance to do it again. However, sign-ups are still open on their website – and it’s even on sale!
What do you think of this fourth installment of The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse?