Day 2 of our weekend Nottingham escape binge saw us finally head to Cryptology. We’ve previously played both games at their Barnsley branch, but never made it to their original Nottingham location. They’ve recently moved, bringing with them three games upgraded from their previous site, with us taking on all three, starting with Cypherdyne…
“It was an offer you couldn’t refuse.
You and your team have been selected to take part in a legendary Cypherdyne interview. A challenging and disarming hour long test that is rumoured to not just separate the wheat from the chaff but discard the chaff entirely.
Unsure what to expect, the promise of a great job in this dire economy is enough for you to face whatever challenge the CEO has set for you, your career may be about to explode with opportunity!
The bright lights are clinical, the desk pristine, but something is odd… this isn’t just an office.
Can you become part of Cypherdyne’s elite security team? Or will you bomb and be swept aside just before the next candidates arrive?”
Technically, this is Cypherdyne v1.5, apparently around 60-70% the same as the original game, but with some changes. We can’t compare having not played the original, but Amy at Brit of an Escape Habit has, as is detailed in her review.
The game takes place in an office environment – not the most exciting of themes, but it was done well. A well sized, light space, very well furnished and filled with props, with lots of subtle jokes and internet humour. There’s plenty to look at, but there’s not enough time, as there’s also plenty to do!
It’s a very hands-on game, and at times, we were at complete opposite ends of the room working on different things, whilst there were also puzzles that strongly required teamwork. It’s a great mix, and all of the puzzles we completed felt like a legitimate part of the set-up and story – not just doing things for the sake of it.
There was a good flow, some great ideas, and a dramatic finale that resulted in me having a loud argument with the clue screen. Overall, a very fun game.
Host: Mark is one of the Cryptology owners and a great host. It felt like he enjoyed the game as much as we did, which always comes across well from a host.
Clue System: Clues were delivered via a screen themed up as an email system, with some extra occasional help from 90s icon Clippy the Microsoft Paperclip!
Success? Yes, we got out in 55:19