A couple of weeks ago, we headed back to Halifax’s beautiful Piece Hall to take on the latest game at The Escaporium. Almost a year since our last visit to play the brilliant Haligonian, we were excited to see what they had in store with their latest game Crux Codicillus.
“Every member of The Illuminati has gathered for its Annual General Meeting. Locked away in the Board Room, the higher order had just wrapped up the meeting when the lights suddenly dropped, and one of them killed the King of the Illuminati, otherwise known as Plato!
As junior members of The Illuminati, you and your team will have to gather any evidence from within the Board Room to find out who the killer was, how he or she did it, and where they have scarpered to! However, there may be a sting in the tail of this case which means you will need to be out within the hour, or it will be curtains for everybody!”
The game takes place in the board room of the Illuminati, which has been decorated perfectly, giving off a slight antique feel, mixed with the unique props that add to the mystery and bizarreness around the group. There’s a lot to look at, with cabinets filled with so many random items, all of which fit perfectly into the game’s theme.
It’s the puzzles in this game that take centre stage though, something which we’ve found in their previous two games. Every puzzle was logical and on-theme, and although we stalled several times on some of the answers, everything made perfect sense once it clicked.
The game takes on a Cluedo-style format, with the puzzles helping you to tick suspects, weapons, and getaway locations from your list. It’s always great to play a game that has something different to the style of play, and this had that without doubt.
It’s a game that’s set at the right level of challenging, and should be doable with an experienced team of 3+. We played as a two, as always, and found it to be their most difficult room, but thankfully escaped (although we cut it very fine!)
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve always found The Escaporium to be fantastic puzzle creators, and Crux Codicillus was no exception. Add a touch of mysterious Illuminati theming to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a fun hour solving a secretive murder.
Host: Our hosts were Angela and Mark, fantastic as ever. They’re both proper escape enthusiasts who somehow play as many games as those who don’t have to spend time building rooms! Their experience shows in their games and hosting, and this one was no different.
Clue System: Clues were delivered via a screen.
Success? Yes, we escaped with 37 seconds remaining. A close one!