Deadlocked Escape Rooms Reading: The Cyphstress

By | June 12, 2020

by Deadlocked Escape Rooms Reading (website)

122 Castle Hill, RG1 7RG


2-6 players


180 mins
Made in ‘collabeeration’ with our (genuinely) favourite brewery, Siren Craft Brew, ‘The Cyphstress‘ is our newest epic alternative reality virtual online narrative escape adventure set around the mythological Sirens.
Assemble your best team or play solo to navigate through the epic custom interfaces, using internet stalking across social media to hunt down our hero and join him in answering the Siren’s Call and brewing up a legendary beer, based upon an ancient recipe.
To play ‘The Cyphstress’ you’ll need a desktop/laptop, at least one member of the team will need the usual free social media accounts, sound on, and we recommend your favourite Siren beer to keep you hydrated.
The game is just £10 for your whole team and includes two 90-minute chapters to keep you occupied – once you’ve finished the first one, the next will be automatically sent to you after a 24 hour gap for you to play when you are ready, or if you prefer, you can trigger it to come immediately after the first (for the truly hardcore).
Siren have even put together an exclusive special mixed case of our favourite beers which can be bought with the game, (including a unique bubbly brut beer to celebrate your victory with) if you want to know what we’d recommend.
Siren is new to selling digital products, so bear with them, and check our Cyphstress FAQ below if you run into any issues, but we genuinely think this is the best thing we’ve ever made, so we hope you love it!
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lkilby says:

We completed The Cyphstress over a few nights. What can I say - Wow it is brilliant. I have completed a good few live escape rooms and a few online ones during lockdown and this is definitely up there with the best. Very good value for money and highly recommended. Just the right level of challenge for us. The beer was also very enjoyable. You won't be disappointed.

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Anonymous says:

We had never played an online escape room before, but love escape rooms in general. We were a little dubious about how much fun it would be playing from your couch.

We were wrong. Very wrong. The use of technology, making you feel like part of a team with a remote character, was excellently implemented. It is as funny as it is well designed, and we laughed as much as we sat pondering what we should be doing next.

A really clever, immersive system, played across multiple social media platforms, and the web. Really fun in a team of four, but would be just as fun with more people! Now can't wait to get started on their other online escape puzzles! Thanks for the time you spent designing and building this. Outstanding value for money.

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blootac says:

This second game from the fabulous deadlocked games was just as engaging as the first. The challenges are a great level of difficulty leaving you thinking and conteplating the puzzles for a while but are totally achievable without asking for the answers or too many hints. This leaves you with a wonderful feeling of achievement.

Fantastic value too, with a huge attention for detail and effort put into the making of the game as well as the gameplay itself.

Would definitely (and have) recommend this to friends and family. No prior experience needed.

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Sid Brener says:

Now this is exactly what we needed during lockdown! Although its not the same as physically moving stuff around in the room, I would say its much better than some of the ones we have done in real life, if not the best we have done. The story is insane, keeps you gripped the whole way through, and the amount of content that is personalised when you interact with some parts of the game is insane considering its online. Deadlocked have clearly spent lots of time on the puzzles which makes it even more gripping. Well done Charlie and James, and for anyone who has played their physical rooms there's some links to those within this game. TL:DR just go play it already, you won't regret it!

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Robin Deb says:
Really enjoyable, Deadlocked have managed to build a world which just swept me up, up up and away. I bought the beer as well which came on offer with this game, which was an instant sell for me - I assembled the end game beer, wonder if they will bring out The Cyphstress beer for real? Would love a real bottle to replace the paper one!!

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shasha experienced says:

Worthy follow up to the now cult favourite The Insiders. This story is more epic with beautiful music, singing, voice acting and even real acting from Charlie and James - bravo! Really fun and gorgeous puzzles with a great story. Can’t wait for more!

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Deadlocked don’t do things by halves, and The Cyphestress is a work of art, with beautiful design, clever and complex puzzles, a strong narrative, all subtly blended with the mythology behind Siren Craft Brew

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