Cryptology Sheffield: First Contact

By | March 20, 2019

by Cryptology Sheffield (website)

141 West Street

​0114 483 0052


3-8 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

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You have been tasked to find out what has happened to a stranded Tayson Research Vessel ship just off Mars.
You soon realise that what you have discovered will change the course of history, but in which way?
You must choose your path and the path of all humanity for better… or worse!
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Rated between 3.5 and 4.5 out of 5

based on ratings from 30 users
combined with 2 pro reviews

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spbc expert rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Played: 31 Aug 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
Sockless Feet rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Played: 24 Mar 2024 Team size: 3 Time taken: 46:56 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverstory-drivengreat hosting
Recommended team size from website is 4+, but we were allowed to play as a 3 due to previous escape room experience. Definitely felt like there was enough to do in the room as a 3 so larger groups would get on well with it. It was very well themed and enjoyed the story of the room, especially with the ending. None of the puzzles felt repetitive or overused and there was enough sign posting in the room for things to make sense without being glaringly obvious. My only gripe is that some of the cupboards didn't open without (what I would consider) excessive force and we missed couple things early on because we weren't pushing hard enough. We basically had to get a clue for "hit it harder", which resulted in a teammate just punching it for it to open. 
The games host, Johnathan, was excellent though and we had a good chat between our game. Definitely sold the experience to us. 
🎲A Jones experienced rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Played: 11 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 56:48 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techquite difficult
Little bit harder as a 2 in the time but certainly do-able. An older room but a great theme and well done. Some of the puzzles are a little more tricky to follow but we enjoyed it overall.
flyingoctopus expert rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
hologramtale rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
🔐SpontaneousIllusion expert rated this:Rated between 3 and 3 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techstory-drivenquite difficult
Adam Bravery expert rated this:Rated between 3 and 3 out of 5
Played: 25 Jan 2024 Team size: 3 Time taken: 49:19 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivenillogicalbroken techquite difficult
Not too impressed with this despite some favourable reviews. The set felt poorly maintained and tech felt janky / unresponsive. Puzzles needed better signposting and there was a lot of faffing around as it wasn't obvious what to focus on next. Ending was something different at least - although the difficulty selection at such a late stage seemed like an odd inclusion. There were some fun references throughout however
Jen Wells (Get Wells Soon) expert rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Played: 25 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techgreat hosting

Space-themed games aren't our normal top choice but we really enjoyed First Contact; it's a well-trodden theme that's been approached from a different angle here and it was lovely to see something a bit different.

There are some common spaceship tropes but also some quirky elements that added to the nice variety of puzzles.

Hosting was particularly good - our GMs were really friendly and suggested a lovely cafe for us for our wait between games.

Lorraine Downing experienced rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Team size: 2 Time taken: 60:00 Outcome: Failed 🙁
hi-techbroken tech

Sadly some of the effects were not working, which made the room a little confusing for us. Shame as Cryptology's other games are really good! 

Scotus0 expert rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Played: 14 May 2023 Team size: 5 Time taken: 57:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hostingquite difficult

An Alien Adventure

I brought (most of) my original team who I did my very first escape room with here…to play my 100th! If you’re a student, Cryptology offers 10% discount.


Board a stranded space vessel and find out what happened to the crew- be prepared to make a tricky decision on the way!


There was a good variety of challenges- technological and not-so-technological, but in a humorous way. Some of them were difficult and so a handful of hints were needed.

Mise en scene

It was an immersive room, made to look like an abandoned space lab. The low lighting and smoke machine helped.

Final Comments

We chose the ‘best’ (and trickiest) ending, escaping with three minutes to spare. Our host was very welcoming: they presented us with slices of ‘Escake’ to celebrate my hundredth.

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The game that introduced us to Cryptology- and what a game it was! We played this with our friends and regular escape companions, Tasha and Rach, and all four of us LOVED it! There was simply so much to do! In this game, you are tasked with boarding the TRSS Caelus to find out what happened to the crew of the spaceship orbiting Mars whose communication has ceased…


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