I also own the first edition, which rarely made it to the table. The set up was cumbersome and the game had to be planned in advance (no spur of the moment, “Hey, let’s play Mansions.”) Don’t misunderstand, we enjoyed the game once it was set up, and we were sad not to play it more often.
Enter Mansions of Madness 2nd edition. The set up is now a matter of moments. The app streamlines the games, and adds to the atmosphere and immersion in the game world. Game play is smooth as silk. Puzzles feel more authentic. The game gets out of its own way and lets the gameplay shine. The app even allows repeats of the same scenario to be different, so that you can play them again wothout knowing everything! Brilliant!
This game is a masterpiece.