Updated: Jul 28
Photos provided by Deadlocked Escape Rooms
Company: Deadlocked Escape Rooms
Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Type of Game: Digital Escape Game
Genre: Detective, Mystery
Date Played: Various
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 6.5/10
Size of Team: Unlimited
"I know a place where the waves grow tall..." With the voice of a beautiful mermaid (at least that's how we imaged it) singing a memorizing yet puzzling song, this was how "The Cyphstress" started...
Since both of the game creators have acting backgrounds, it's no wonder this game felt like a high quality movie production. From sound elements to graphics to character interactions, we were amazed by how much was put into a single game. Once you purchase the game, you'll get a code which would allow you to login to a website. From there you'll experience a series of puzzles (one of the teammates would need a FB account) until you find your way to a beautiful island. It was definitely nice to escape the real world for a bit and enjoy this virtual vacation. The puzzles were innovative and the sound effects was a huge factor for creating that immersive atmosphere. There were many "gadgets" that "wowed" us during the game. The two highlights for us were the use of the drone for the overview of the island and the periscope for the ocean. The game had two parts and the first part finished with a nice meta puzzle that interwove all the previous components together. It was great for the creators to thought of a way for the game to be "recorded" with pieces that you could refer back to even after we closed out of the game. This way we were able to go back to part two with no issues a few days later.
Part two was a collaborative type of interactive play. We saw a similar concept in "The Insider" before but this one was the favorite out of the two. We were able to login to the same portal and play the game over Zoom. The puzzles really tested the way we worked as team. Precision was the key for solving this part. It was a lot of fun blaming each other when something didn't work. We thought this was an easier puzzle than the one in "The Insider" and the reward was also more desirable. Who doesn't want learn how to brew the secret recipe of the Siren?
As we came to the end of helping adventurer "T" to find the lost recipe and the mythological Siren, we longed for a part three. Although we didn't get that wish, a nice performance by our two favorite actors to conclude the story was sufficient. Throughout the game you'll be able to be entertained by their humorous interplay. Oh, there's one final thing I must warn you guys. The song is very addicting. Brandon, who's semi tone-deaf , has been singing it till this day. He's a great rapper but he's definitely not putting me to sleep with that voice. If you are looking for several hours of fun that's less than paying a ticket for a movie, you'll have to give this game a try. If you are lucky to be in the zone where they deliver the Siren beer, a reward will be awarded at the end of the game. I'm sure replaying the game with the a bottle of Siren will shed some new light to the puzzles and the story!
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Deadlocked Escape Room for providing us with a sample of the game. Although complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.