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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neurodoclove rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
We've now completed both the online game offerings from Deadlocked and have really enjoyed both. Very well thought out, challenging but fun! Would definitely recommend them and perhaps we'll try and visit when we allowed to again!
Jan Chong rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5

This was a really solid puzzle experience.  Very high production values, the puzzles are on the easier side, but still quite fun.  For expert puzzlers, I don't really recommend more than two (really solo is possible until the final puzzle).  Make sure you are logged into Facebook messenger!

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Martin W Payne rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 19/7/20 Team size: 4 Time taken: Can\'t recall Outcome: Successful escape!

An absolutely brilliant game (the Captain's voice on the opening sequence is unmissable - oh, wait, err, I may need to declare an interest on that.... so set that aside....) that takes Deadlocked's previous online game, the insiders, fixes certain issues that made Insiders harder than it need to be, improves the user communication bot, put the puzzles into other social media sites and force you to use an internet search engine to develop your ability to read Greek (which is, after all, all Greek to me) and give you a two part game that can be completed in three to four hours for a stupidly low amount of money (GBP 10)... unless you pay for the upgrade that gives you beer too! Can't wait for their next one to come out ....

Ellie rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
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A medical condition caused by too many puzzles? No, the Cyphstress is, in Deadlocked's narrative, a mythical siren from Greek legend notorious for riddles, and perhaps also brewing beer - because this game was developed in collaboration with craft beer company Siren. The beer theming isn't subtle, and you should expect some clear signs of corporate sponsorship, though I never found it detracted from the game.
Deadlocked's previous game The Insiders was a huge six-hour beast, famous (notorious?)...
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
We ride the waves, taking our brains on an adventure solving “mythology-heavy” puzzles and riddles to reward ourselves with an ancient beer recipe.

The Cyphstress is a wonderful, well-polished game that’s filled with charm and has excellent puzzles to boot. As we finished the game and the end credits rolled, I felt good. Not just because I’d ‘escaped’. Not just because we’d solved all the puzzles. But because I felt like I was a part of the story.

It’s a rare and joyous feeling in a puzzle game. I heartily recommend you give it a go. And at £10, it’s incredible value for money.

This game was a tremendous amount of fun, especially considering it’s genesis as a corporate partnership. For £12 you’re getting three solid hours of good, novel puzzles and a fun story. 

Can you solve the mystery’s of the Cyphstress?

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