The Cryptic Room
The Cryptic Room
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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We are a live-action, team-based escape room game. First, YOU give us permission to "lock" you in a room. Once you are inside, the clock starts ticking and you have limited time to work together to use clues in the room to solve the puzzles that will help you "break out". You must hurry though... Once the clock hits zero, it is all over!
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1-2 hours
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Rachel K
1 contribution
Jan 2021
Our family loves a good escape room and we have been to most of the options in the Omaha area. We have found it to be a great activity during Covid. This was our first time to The Cryptic Room and it did not disappoint. It is located in a very cool building on Council Bluff's Main Street. I was impressed with the level of detail and thought put into the room design. It was a challenge to say the least, but we were able to "escape" with just a few minutes left. The host was great and I loved the fact that she did not help unnecessarily. The background stories of each of their rooms are intertwined, which I thought was a nice touch. We are making plans to go again in the next couple of weeks.
Written January 31, 2021
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Thanks so much for the kind words! Being avid players ourselves, we take this as high praise because we know there are great rooms in our area!
Written February 16, 2021
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Spencer
Kansas City, MO2 contributions
Feb 2021 • Friends
The Cryptic Room is a hidden gem of the Council Bluffs entertainment scene. I’d driven by the building many times, never thinking check it out until a google search for escape rooms brought my attention to their website. Carla the staff member was delightful and facilitated a very fun experience for us. The Cave of Lost Souls was a blast. Very much looking forward to coming back and doing the rest of the rooms. Thanks!
Written February 15, 2021
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We are so glad you had a great time! We also think Carla is pretty great. Thanks so much for the kind words!
Written February 16, 2021
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Hunter747
Bowling Green, KY114 contributions
Jul 2021
We are escape room enthusiasts and enjoy travelling the country and visiting local rooms. The Cryptic Room is well worth anyone's hour (or less if you can do it!). The rooms were all designed and built by the owner, Troy, and the current 5 rooms all have a common theme/thread. But no, you dont have to do the rooms in order. Each room has its own unique characteristics, so calling ahead and discussing your group size/experience level is a good idea. Troy will help you find the best room for your purposes. If you are new to escape rooms, dont let that stop you. The team at Cryptic Rooms are very good at nudging you in the right direction, and kicking you in the pants if necessary ;)

We really enjoyed the rooms and look forward to seeing more of them next time we are in town.
Written July 5, 2021
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As enthusiast ourselves, as well as owners, we love to share our love of escape rooms. Both in our own rooms and stories about other escape rooms we have done. It’s always a pleasure to meet a group that’s as excited about the escape room experiences as we are. You are welcome back to play or swap tales anytime!
Written July 21, 2021
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Janet N
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Friends
4 of us visited the Cryptic Room. We ranged in age from 72 to 53, all women. We had so much fun!!! We were in the Cave of Lost Souls. Challenging and fun. They will give you as many or as few clues as you want. One of our party has been to several escape rooms ( the rest of us had not). The person with escape room experience said that it was done very well. We all had a great time and yes we did escape!
Written June 11, 2022
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GW85
Middleton, WI90 contributions
Sep 2020
My husband and I found the Cryptic Room while walking in Council Bluffs during a recent trip. I called to reserve Paradise and the Troy suggested we try Great Aunt Myrtle Ethrington room first and how the rooms had a connecting theme. We had a great time in the Great Aunt Myrtle room. It was a friendly room, not scary. There were some new types of puzzles we had not encountered before in other rooms. We've done a few escape rooms, but still overlooked some obvious clues. Generous hints helped us make our escape. Looking forward to coming back to the area and try Paradise and other rooms.
Written November 9, 2020
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Thanks for the great review! Glad we were able to entertain you on your trip! Come and see us again soon!
Written November 10, 2020
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Owen B
Council Bluffs, IA25 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Troy was great! Whether you are a first-timer like we were or a seasoned veteran the cryptic room is a great place to test your puzzling expertise and problem solving with teamwork. We got to know our dear departed Aunt Myrtle In a very personal Way by spending an hour sifting through her room. The puzzles were definitely challenging.

Although we needed a few nudges and hints we came away with a great memory and a sense of accomplishment. We are planning to do one room a month.
Written November 9, 2019
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Thanks for the great review we always love it when people enjoy escape rooms like we do! We will see you soon to confine the story!
Written December 3, 2019
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Paula K
Iowa102 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
Came with a group of 8 and played the CORE room. The game master was very attentive and gave a thorough orientation. The room was so well done. We have done several rooms prior and this was by far the best. Everyone had a great time and the hour went so quickly. We all highly recommend this business!!
Written April 16, 2019
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Thanks for the great review! We are glad you all had fun, hope to see you again soon!
Written April 17, 2019
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samsonPDE
Madison, NE3 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Was my kids and I first time. What a trip. Was so fun and frustrating at the same time. We want to make this part of our annual vaca. Would highly recommend!!!
Written August 11, 2022
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Roger H
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Our family had a great time. The experience brought out our individual talents that we put together in a unified teamwork situation. Loads of fun!
Written August 10, 2021
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TC
1 contribution
May 2021 • Family
We had such a great time with our first escape room that we booked another room for a back to back experience.
Written May 24, 2021
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Yay glad you had fun!
Written July 21, 2021
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The Cryptic Room (Council Bluffs) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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The Cryptic Room is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Mon - Mon 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Wed - Thu 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM


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