Updated: Jun 11
Photos provided by Eleven Puzzles
Company: Eleven Puzzles
Game: Unboxing The Mind Of A Cryptic Killer
Country: Poland 🇵🇱
Type of Game: Online Escape Game 💻
Genre: Detective, Mystery
Date Played: 1/9/2021
Difficulty (based on 4 players): 6/10
Size of Team: Minimum of 2 Players (2 Computers) - Max 6 logins
Time: 1-2 Hours (Approximately)
Detective Steve "Old Dog" Kowalski and Allison Abernathy have recently been reunited by a cold case they've tried to solve years ago. It seems like this time they are the targets of the Cryptic Killer. They need your help to solve this suspicious chest that's been left by the killer...
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This is a digital point-n-click game that requires a minimum of 2 computers (2 teams) to complete. We played the game with 4 team members with 2 members on each team. At the start of the game, you'll chose if you want to be on Detective Steve's team or Detective Allison's team. There's really no difference on which team you choose but each team will be seeing different game elements and you'll need to work together to solve the puzzles.
The entire "action" will be taken place on still shot artwork images. The artwork reminded us of a 80s retro vibe. We dug it. We also like the audio narrations and sound effects that was added to the game. Once you solved a puzzle, each teammate will need to input the same code on their screen in order to unlock that item so it's not synced in that sense. We did enjoy the fact that we're able to click on different items and work on various puzzles in a nonlinear way instead of having to look at the same screen as a team.
The hint system was quite extensive. There's a step by step hint system for every single item. You can access it by hitting the hint button (light bulb icon) and zoom in on the item you need the hint for. The final clue will reveal the solution.
The puzzles were really creative. There were a mixture of deciphers, audio, and logic puzzles. We loved the aspects of having the teams communicate with each other in order to come up with the final solution. The puzzles were not repetitive which made it very enjoyable to play through the game. The clicking sounds from unlocking the locks really felt like we're on scene. Towards the end of the game, you'll have to dismantle a bomb ( I don't think this is consider a spoiler since you'll all get there eventually). My hands actually felt like they were shaking since I'm unsure which wire to cut as the timer counts down. With 30 seconds left on the clock, we cut the right wire. The joyful scream from the team was really pleasant to hear.
I think we've found our first favorite cooperative puzzle game in 2021! This game really bought out the teamwork aspect through the puzzles and game design. The final challenge with the timer countdown (you won't actually run out of time so don't worry, everyone will be able to finish) really captured that final urgency that we would feel in a real life escape room. We completed the game in 1 hours time and was left feeling wanting more! Being new creators in the digital game world, this was an amazing product. We can't wait to see what Eleven Puzzles will be able to whip up in the near future!
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 samples of the game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.