A weekly spotlight on the fabulous Nottingham Independents, who make our city unique.
Introduce an Indie: Cryptology
Remember TV in the 1990s? Recall Richard O’ Brian? Ever try to re-create the Crystal Maze at home when you were younger? Nowadays, you don’t have to, escape rooms are becoming a fixture on our high streets and Nottingham boasts a great selection. Cryptology is a live escape room experience allowing teams of 2-8 people to solve puzzles and work out clues to help you escape the room, or another goal, in an hour’s time limit. Where to find Cryptology? Well, we will give you a clue! Look for the Quartet!
No? Okay, we’re obviously not as talented as the masterminds behind Cryptology. You will find the venue on the corner of Upper Parliament St and Chapel Bar. (The Quartet is the life-size bronze statue of four figures on Chapel Bar. It represents the daily passage of people through the city, which was commissioned back in the 1980s.
There is a selection of games to choose from prior to visiting, which you can check out online with the help of some awesome artwork that resembles eighties futuristic film posters. If you are a beginner, it is recommended that you try Rameseize in which you work out clues to obtain up to three ancient relics and escape before the rivals catch up to you. If you are an experienced escapee, you will enjoy them all, but Daylight Robbery is the most challenging. It took nine months to build, takes place in a genuine bank vault - and is currently rated number 1 in the United Kingdom on Escape the Review, as voted for by enthusiasts
Cryptology Owner, Mark, felt he had achieved all he could as a buyer for retail and although he desired a new job, he wasn’t sure where to start. He thought he might like to start his own business “I had some pretty whacky ideas” and after visiting an old friend it became clear. They couldn't just sit, eat and drink the whole weekend, so he booked that thing called an "escape room". He loved it and said, "I could do this". Four months later and he found the space in Nottingham for Cryptology!
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Owner of Cryptology Mark designs the escape rooms and even makes the props used in them. His proudest creation, he states, “is a clue system that runs just like a news broadcast. One of the games has a TV “left on” in an apartment and updates the local news in the area. Your goal is to solve the mystery of a local serial killer, and the news programme gives updates to their location (they’re coming for you) and can hint you through your game.”
Even the software used at Cryptology is made in-house and there’s digital escape rooms too! Digital Games are very reasonably priced and can be played at your leisure (perhaps the wrong word). You will have 72 hours to complete the game from when you start it. Contestants are you ready? Start the fans please!
An Ideal day out in Nottingham
Like many other business owners in Nottingham Mark enjoys spending a day off here too. A fan of Hockley, top of his list for a bite to eat is the @itsinnottingham award winning tapas restaurant on Carlton Street, Bar Iberico. “The atmosphere and the food - just amazing.” For something a bit different Mark will head over to Penny Lane for fun fairground vibes and looks forward to a G&T at the subterranean Lost Caves in the near future.
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