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Escape Hunt - "The Codebreakers"

Updated: Apr 29


Photos provided by Escape Hunt UK


Company: Escape Hunt UK

Game: The Codebreakers

Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Language: English

Type of Game: Digital Escape Game 💻

Genre: War, Spy

Date Played: June 9, 2021

Difficulty (based on 4 players): 5/10

Size of Team: 2-4 Players (Ages 8+)

Time: Once you start the game, you have 24hrs to finish

Price: £9.99


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November 1941, we've received intel that there's a spy among us. One of our submarines was sunken by the enemies. You and your team of expert codebreakers have been called in to assist with finding out who's the spy that's been sending secret coded messages to the other side. Britain is depending on YOU!


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Once you have purchase the game, you'll receive an access code. You can share this access code with your team so everyone will be able to log in at the same time. The game won't be synced so each of the players will have to enter their own code in order to proceed. We played the game over Zoom and I shared my screen so that our team could follow along.


The game came was an enjoyable background music to set the tone. You can turn it off if you prefer to play it in silence. There are also video components so it's probably best to wear a headset. This is not a point-n-click game as most of the puzzles were presented in image formats. Once you've solved the puzzle, you'll be able to enter the answer on the website. If you are correct, you'll be able to proceed to the next area. Your goal is to identify who's the spy at the end. If you choose incorrectly, you'll still have an option to reselect so don't worry about actually failing the game. Everyone will enjoy a happy ending.


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Since the theme of the game is breaking codes, you'll see many variations of ciphers in this game. If you're an enthusiast you'll probably recognize some of these right away. But if you just started playing online games, you might need to look up some of them just to get familiar with how they should be used. There's also a little fun trivia type of meta puzzle at the end which tied everything together nicely.


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We use to push the reading materials to one another when we see them in games but now we've came out with a little game that's really been making the narrative part really fun. If you guys haven't tried this before, definitely give it a shot. Have the players take turns reading the stories out loud in different character voices. I guarantee you'll have a great time. You might even discover a few talents that you never knew you or your friends have. In this game, each of the puzzles were introduced by a short narrative so we had a blast adding our own little RPG to it. We had to visit 8 different departments within the Secret Agency and eventually by using the decoded messages, we were able to predict who's the spy. If you an enthusiast that's familiar with various ciphers, you'll probably finish the game in less than 30minutes. If you are looking for a game to brush up your cipher knowledge, this could be a great introductory game.

 

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


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** We regret to inform you that this game is no longer available for booking. Check out the other games on their website.



Disclosure: We thank Escape Hunt 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.



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