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Eleven Puzzles - "Unboxing the Cryptic Killer"

Updated: Apr 24


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Company: Eleven Puzzles

Game: Unboxing the Cryptic Killer

Country: Poland 🇵🇱

Language: English

Type of Game: Video Game 🖱

Genre: Detective, Visual Novel, Cooperative

Date Played: May 2, 2023

Difficulty (based on 2 players): 7/10

Size of Team: 2 Players (from 2 different devices)

Time: Approximately 1-2 Hrs. (Our team completed in 1:28.43)

Price: $5.99 USD (available to purchase & download - Steam)


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In this two-player co-operative game, you take on the identities of two international police force agents, Stefan "Old Dog" Kowalski and Ally Abernathy who are on the hunt for a mysterious serial killer. Years have passed since the killer went missing and the case went cold, but now the killer is back and seems to be targeting you! Can you hunt him down, or will you be caught in his trap?

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This is a point-n-click adventure which has been created around the perspective of the two characters. To play, you need a minimum of two computers, one representing Ally and the other Old Dog. If you are more than two computers then you all decide, prior to the game beginning who will play from which characters POV. Each screen will see different information and it is through constant communication with one another that you will exchange details and ideas to solve codes and riddles. To make the game easier you could sit side-by-side and thus see one another’s screens, but the idea is to sit separate and focus on teamwork and communication. One thing I would have liked to have seen more of is the ability to move and explore more freely and not follow such a redefined route.


The graphics look great, gritty but cartoony, and the game flows easily…

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The puzzles are quite varied, offering logic, code breaking, and some audio. We felt that they offered more engagement and were created with more imagination with other point-n-click games we have played. The two player perspective added an extra layer of depth to the puzzles and really enforced the need for clear communication.

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For fans of point-n-click adventures, "Unboxing the Cryptic Killer" is surely going to be a hit, particularly with couples who, perhaps, want something fun (and inexpensive) to do for date night. I am a huge escape room addict and don’t often play such games, as I prefer to be in a room solving such puzzles in person, but for much of the time playing this the same emotions were being evoked, so this is a game I would certainly recommend.

 

Check out our interview with the creators to understand more on the development side of their game:

 


(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)


Disclosure: We thank Eleven Puzzles for providing us with a sample of the game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.


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