Escapologic: Cryptic

By | March 20, 2019

by Escapologic Nottingham (website)

21 Castle Gate, NG1 7AQ


2-5 players

60 minutes

The door creaks closed. In the pale light of your lantern, abandoned skeletons cast terrifying shadows on the walls. Frantically, you open your dusty satchel, praying for answers. Could this be all that remains of legendary explorer Crispin Sheppard, who mysteriously vanished all those years ago?
Rumours of an ancient curse shroud the stones of this pitch-black tomb. You're sure this is where the treasure is buried. But now you're all alone in the dark-and in the cold air of the crypt, something primeval is stirring...
Cryptic was the second Nottingham escape room to take shape in the diabolical mind of our creator! A secretive, mad genius who rarely sees the light, he delved deep into his love of the medieval, the mysterious, and classic adventure to bring you this compelling room.
Macabre, insidious, and packed with surprises, Cryptic is a room that doesn't suffer fools gladly. Take too many wrong turns as you try to puzzle out the solution to its centuries-old mystery, and your bones could be added to the gruesome ornaments littering the barely-visible flagstones...
What are the clues trying to tell you? Do the pitiful remnants of these past explorers have more to say than their empty eyes and bony mouths are letting on? You know you should heed the warnings. You know you should turn back. But now the door has slammed behind you, and the deadly gold-lust is driving you on.
Like all of our Nottingham escape rooms, Cryptic is best challenged by two or more brave questers. Join the ranks of the treasure-hunters who have passed through its grim portals. Will you take your place as one of the few who have come out again?
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 6 users
combined with 7 pro reviews

Player reviews

cipherdelic expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
James Bloodworth expert says:

Brilliant tomb raiding game with some fiendishly clever puzzles (how did I miss the clues!?!).  Sadly closed at time of writing but so happy I was able to play.

Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Aine Morgan rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Brian experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Escapetopus experienced says:

My first escape room failure! Mostly due to a search fail and spending ages on the wrong path. I think the GM could have done a better job of keeping us on track (when I subsequently re-played we had a different, better, GM) but that’s just an excuse...

This is a super spooky (though not full-on horror) room which leans heavily on atmosphere and literal darkness for effect. There is also a lot of crawling and getting in awkward spaces. The actual puzzles are relatively few in number and there’s a relatively high level of misdirection. These aren’t necessarily criticisms, just observations about what the room is like and hence who is likely to enjoy it.

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Tim Cooper experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5

Reviews by escape room review sites

This is a difficult game to review for me, because there was a great deal about it I thought was really good, but which I found to be undermined by a couple of huge flaws that saw us stuck on a single puzzle for well over half the time. In addition, having failed it by a larger margin than I think any previous game, I need to be careful to avoid sour grapes.
Crypt-ic sees you infiltrating the cobweb-festooned tomb of a medieval monarch, whose spirit may (or may not) help see you through the tra...
A game which had a real sense of exploration as well as a stand out puzzle that got our whole team involved. A disappointing dearth of light sources left us wandering in the dark at times but as the game progressed that became less of an issue.
Like real-life Indiana Jones that's what we were promised. It was certainly an adventure through a dark, creepy crypt, but luckily for us (and Indy) there were no snakes
To be clear, there’s nothing particularly cryptic about Cryptic – those with an irrational fear of crosswords can still apply. Rather it’s another Escapologic trademark pun: this game is set in an old crypt.
A room with a very unique layout and nice theming, but too much emphasis around one central puzzle.

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