Cryptology Nottingham: Dreamscape

By | March 20, 2019

by Cryptology Nottingham (website)

107 Upper Parliament Street

​0115 686 0778


3-6 players

60 minutes

Dr. Lucy Dee has come across a roadblock in her research and has asked you, and your esteemed colleagues, to unravel her troubles and step into her shoes… or should we say head? The doctor has been researching dreams for a decade now and on the cusp on true, unfettered dream control, she has stumbled into something strange.
It seems like somebody wants to keep control.
Calling himself The Sandman, he insists that the dreamworld is his and his alone and Lucy’s dreams have become all the more random and uncontrollable.
Placing the contraptions on your heads you pull the leather strap tight and begin to enter freefall, the world around you has morphed into view.
Will you be able to collect enough of Lucy’s thoughts to be able to finish this milestone research? Or will you succumb to The Sandman and be plagued with nightmares from now on?
It’s time for a nap of epic proportions.
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Rated between 40 and 50 out of 5

based on ratings from 22 users
combined with 4 pro reviews

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Anonymous rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 14 Jun 2021 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
🌵Juliette B expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 17/08/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:57 Outcome: Successful escape!

Great idea, keeps you very busy. Just doable as a 2 although you need to be on your A game. Definitely recommend. 

Escapetopus experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 31/08/19 Team size: 5 Time taken: 55:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Great game host gave us a clear briefing for a complex setup. This is five rooms in one, each with a different style. Lots of stuff to do so you never get bored or stuck watching somebody else, with a huge variety of puzzles so there’s something for everyone. Plenty of touches of humour too. A few places were a bit cramped, especially with five players.

Sarah Sim rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 50:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
Durkules rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Outcome: Successful escape!
Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 04/03/2020 Team size: 3 Time taken: 58:04 Outcome: Successful escape!
SiSitAndWait rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 58 odd Outcome: Successful escape!

This was our second visit to Cryptology and it's great that the staff dress up, we didn't really notice for our first game. The briefing took a long while, but it's because your are doing 5 escape rooms not one. This would have been the full 5*s if we got chance to complete every puzzle, but this was mentioned in the breifing that the game has been made like this. This is one for the expert, so different and lots and lots of fun!

Laura McGill expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 2020-10-12 00:00:00 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
This has an original background where you have to enter someone's dreams to wake them up, you do this by collecting memories, or dream keys in each of the sperate 'dreams' (or rooms as you might call them).  As you might expect there's a lot to do in each of the rooms and the more dream keys you collect then the easier the final room will be.  This room can be done by a duo but I would take 3-4 as some spaces can get a little cramped.
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A great game and one that I’d strongly encourage enthusiasts to play. It hits way more often than it misses and, even where it misses, I appreciated what it was trying to do. It’s packed full of puzzles, you’ll get close to your full hour of game time, and there’s an adrenaline rush from start to finish.
Dreamscape is totally unique, a total blast, and absolutely rammed full of things to do. It is a perfect game for teams that are looking for a challenge to test their brainpower.

This isn’t a typical, search every corner for items type of room. This is solve as many puzzles as you can in the time and get rewarded for those that you do solve type of challenge. This means that even if you don’t do so well at the beginning, you still have a chance to progress to the end and “escape”!

Think of it as a Crystal Maze episode where you are all allowed to take on all the challenges in all four zones one after the other, where they open all the doors in each zone and the whole team just goes and works on all the puzzles simultaneously, obtains crystals (dreamkeys) for solving those puzzles, and then moves on to the next zone. The final zone (dream) is made easier the more puzzles you have solved, but you all get a chance to tackle it not matter how well you did.

It is worth spending about 12 minutes in each room, to maximize your chances, but you can move on if you do manage to get all 5 keys from that room earlier than that.

We collected 18 of the 20 keys and escaped in time, getting the second fastest time of any 3 person team to take on the Dreamscape!

Puzzle fans will love this one. It really is like a test of your puzzling skills as a team, and for everyone’s individual strengths. We had a Math whizz in our team who solved the number based puzzles in record time. Similarly I whizzed through the wordy ones, and together we did the logic and physical challenges.

Highly recommended for something a bit different, an immersive experience with a lot of laughs and clearly a room where the owners have thought outside the box and put a lot of time and effort into make something fantastical, varied and humorous that will have broad appeal. And they did just that!

The rooms were incredible – Dreamscape plays out like an escape room fan’s actual dream, with a huge volume of puzzles, all focussing on different strengths, and a great flow between each of the dreams! Each dream was so different from the previous and the types of puzzles in each room were SO cleverly tied into the feel of the dream you find yourself in. We spent most of the game working separately to try and tackle the volume of puzzles we were faced with – but we did come together a few times for some particularly tricky bits! We tried to separate according to our strengths (but in hindsight it was probably whoever got to the puzzle first! ). 


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