We headed into Nottingham on a Sunday just before Christmas, getting stuck in traffic and struggling to find a car park with spaces left for a good amount of time – we probably should have picked a better time. We were sure it would be worth it though, as we returned to Cryptology for their latest room Dreamscape…
“Dr. Lucy Dee set about attempting to conquer the art of lucid dreaming. She has become lost in her own dreamscape and we have asked you, and your esteemed colleagues, to unravel her troubles and step into her shoes… or should we say head?
Your team must navigate through her dreams and unlock and find the Dream Keys to help recover Lucy from The Void.
You tune into her brainwaves and enter freefall, the world around you has morphed into view. All has become random and uncontrollable, will you rescue Lucy from her thoughts so she is able to finish her milestone research?
It’s time for a nap of epic proportions.”
We had a look around Dreamscape a few months ago when it was still being built, and were surprised by just how many rooms they were using for the game. This was down to the format the game takes – almost a homage to ‘The Celestial Chain‘ at the now closed Time Run, you get a time limit in each room, with the aim not to escape it, but to get as many “dream keys” as you can. This of course means you move from room to room having not always completed everything, but it gives you a freedom to move onto something else when you’re struggling with a puzzle.
The game takes place throughout different dream worlds, all of which are well themed to suit the game. In each world, there are different objects to collect, which all make the final challenges in the last part of the game easier to complete, in varied ways.
The puzzles were all good fun and well suited to the world you were in, whether it was the ‘classroom of anxiety’ or a gingerbread house with authentic baking smells. One of the themed areas added a fun physical twist to the game while you were completing the puzzles that added another layer to everything.
The game culminates in one final room, in which you are given a number of individual challenges to complete to open the exit door. As mentioned, you’ll have collected “dream keys” in the other areas, and they make big differences to how easy it will be to complete the final parts.
Overall, Dreamscape is a great game that throws so many different types of puzzle at you, while its format is a welcome change from the standard escape room. We enjoyed collecting the keys, and loved how it all came together in the final room. It’s a game that’s definitely worth a stop at while you’re in Nottingham.
Host: Our host was Mark, who was great as ever. He’s very enthusiastic about his games, and was a top host, getting into character as he does for each of his games.
Clue System: Clues were delivered via screens.
Success? Yes, we completed the game in 58:28