Eleven Puzzles: Unboxing the mind of a Cryptic Killer

My favourite co-operative game so far, I really hope there’s more to come.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

After settling down with some snacks like the instructions advised, I’m sitting in my cosy Edinburgh flat with my Zoom friends ready to start our next escape room.
Little did we know this one would take place so close to home…

We open the game on our separate devices and are informed that the Cryptic Killer, whose murders have shaken not only Poland but our neighbouring City of Glasgow – is back! It’s up to us to help our two new detective pals, Ally and Old Dog, solve a series of puzzles before it’s too late and they fall into the clutches of the killer.

We’re then introduced to our new home, a beautifully designed interface where the entire game takes place. A minimum of two devices is required for this game, and that’s because each player can see different game elements. The idea is to communicate with each other to combine the clues you have and complete the puzzles. And there are so many!

There’s logic, deduction, maths, JIGSAWS! They really have crammed this game full of puzzles but by no means has this reduced the quality. They are all brilliantly designed and suitable for a wide range of abilities.

The signposting on how and where to solve each puzzle is really clear, and we soon had a method of working through the levels which worked seamlessly.

We asked for a clue once, and they were nicely laid out so you only had to take what you needed without revealing too much, with several clues offered before the final solution.

The final puzzle was a nail biter, and really got you in the same excited/panicked state you experience in an in-person room. We managed to complete the game and were congratulated with some excellent gifs.

Overall, this was an amazing first offering from Eleven Puzzles. I really can’t wait to see their work continue and it’s made me really excited to start my own journey in online escape room development, so thank you!

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