Cryptology Nottingham: Cypherdyne v1.5

By | March 20, 2019

by Cryptology Nottingham (website)

107 Upper Parliament Street

​0115 686 0778


2-6 players

60 minutes

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?
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Rated between 2.5 and 3.5 out of 5

based on ratings from 29 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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Tatticorn rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Catherine K experienced rated this:
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendly

A good solid game.

🌵Juliette B expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 18/08/2019 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed 🙁

This room ended up not really grabbing me, having loved both of the other offerings at Cryptology. Somehow we just did not gel with it and ended up needing a fair bit of prompting, with a real struggle to understand one particular puzzle even when essentially being told the answer. Last puzzle is well placed to ramp up the tension but by that point we had all but given up. Office setting does feel a little dull although there are some touches later on that add to this a little. I understand other people have fared better so perhaps we were just not on our A game for this one, but of the available offerings at Dreamscape I would definitely pick the other 2 first. 

🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 30/06/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 49:33 Outcome: Successful escape!
A re-working of their previous game (I never played the previous iteration) this room sees you applying for a job at the mysterious Cypherdyne corporation but its not the normal kind of interview.  This is a fun room with a nice mix of puzzles that flowed nicely.  It's also set in a normal office style environment and we played this at the height of summer so the windows were open and the sun was shining in, considering how often we play rooms in minimal light this made a nice change.
🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 04/03/2020 Team size: 3 Time taken: 49:22 Outcome: Successful escape!
SiSitAndWait rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 49odd Outcome: Successful escape!

This was our first game here and starts in a standard setting where we all thought it was a but plain. However this leads you into a false sense (in a good way) and the finale is still probably one we talk about the most!

Moosehead expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 4
hi-techoriginalgreat hosting

Another awesome game from the Cryptology team!  We had loads of fun in this game.  There's some really cool tech involved that I've never seen before and some funny nods for the sci-fi geeks out there.  

flyingoctopus expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techfamily friendly

Great fun with a solid theme throughout. 

Some interesting puzzles. Needed a little help along the way. 

Sabrina (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 18 Apr 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 38:34 Outcome: Successful escape!
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I believe the ‘v1.5’ in the name is because Cypherdyne underwent a significant revision a few years back, revamping many elements though not quite to the extent of making it a wholly new game. Even so, it’s one of Cryptology‘s older and more traditional rooms. The setting is a job interview with the titular corporation - which turns out to involve plenty of puzzle solving with some unusually lethal stakes.

Being a modern day office setting, for the most part the decor is fairly plain. However, ...

Cypherdyne v1.5 may be Cryptology’s first game, but it’s also is an excellent example of everything an escape room should be: clever, exciting, and most importantly - fun. It’s perfect for new players and enjoyable for enthusiasts. With this as their first game, it’s no surprise that Cryptology has become a venue everyone seems to be talking about.

Cypherdyne’s interview felt like what those ‘think outside the box’ questions Oxbridge candidates get challenged with in their interview processes… there was no obvious interview task, that was for us as the candidates to figure out as part of the process. We had to crack security codes, find hidden doorways and mess with the computer hardwiring to stand a chance of being hired by Cypherdyne.Thankfully we had our heads screwed on and managed this all!

We braved an interview at Cypherdyne on our most recent to Cryptology Nottingham which could have been potentially explosive! Find out what we thought of this big tech office escape room!


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