After successfully passing our Cypherdyne job interview, we were ready to play a game that was described to us by owner Mark as ‘marmite’. It was time to head outside to meet Alex Danger for Agents of D.A.N.G.E.R…
“It’s come to our attention that Dr Alan Geex has hidden his lair in some of Nottingham’s oldest caves. As a CLASS 1 World Threat we must act fast to infiltrate the old rogue’s hideout and sabotage his dastardly plan, and hopefully get back in time for tea.
If you agents are up for the task then please accept the mission to receive a dossier and rendezvous with our most… errr… spectacular agent… Alex Danger.
Hopefully, with your help, we can go undercover and underground.
Will you foil Dr Geex’s sinister plot and save our Queen and country? Or will you meet The League of Choas personally and end up six feet under?”
Well, this wasn’t anything like what we were expecting… The game started with us meeting up with Agent Alex Danger, in a set location with a secret code-phrase. From there, we headed into a room for our first puzzle, which took us right back outside for a bit of a scavenger hunt! After 200+ games, this was the first to actually take us outside, so already we were excited!
After this, the rest of the game takes place in just one location – a secret underground lair, and what a lair it is. The day before this, we were excited to play our first ever escape room in a real cave. Less than 24 hours later, and we were in another! Cryptology’s relocation saw them take over a large office building, with, you guessed it, a huge cave attached. That’s Nottingham for you!
Unlike the beautiful, polished set that was built into the caves at Cave Escape, this place was dark, damp, and dirty. The cave actually hasn’t been themed – it just has the key props placed into it, but it’s creepy and atmospheric enough as it is!
The reason this game is described as marmite is because of the fact you are constantly accompanied by a live actor – a nightmare for some, but for us, nothing too distracting. Alex Danger is a well-rounded character, who can be a lot of fun, and at the same time very helpful when you need it.
There’s actually not much to do puzzle wise, but the game format means it’s spread nicely over the hour. There’s an absolute stonker of a maths puzzle though, that will be absolute hell for anyone who hates maths. We gritted our teeth and got on with it, and with some much needed help from Danger, we cracked it in good time.
It’s a very story-driven game with a cracking twist that takes you to the final puzzle, and despite us completely missing the obvious and nearly failing, our actor/host gave us the subtlest of hints without breaking character to get us back on track.
Don’t come to Cryptology just to try this game alone, as you might be a little bit disappointed, but do tag it onto a trip to play another of their games, as it’s a nice little bonus. And if you do want to play it, you’ll have to be quick, as although there’s no official closing date, they’re planning on closing it down in the near future to utilise their huge cave space for something so much more worthy of it.
Host: Our host was Sam, in the role of Alex Danger, and he was brilliant. He added so much to the game without getting in the way – helpful with clues, while delivering the plot with wit.
Clue System: Clues were delivered by Alex Danger, of course!
Success? Yes, we completed the immersive experience in around 51 minutes.