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Cipher Seeker Room Escape Challenge

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Thuban541 wrote a review Jan 2019
10 contributions2 helpful votes
Cipher Seeker is an Escape Room located in northern New Jersey, which we decided to investigate in the week between Christmas and New Year's, December 2018. We had 8 escape rooms under our belt before going to CS, and have found some trends among owners/operators of escape rooms. Unfortunately, very few of these were in effect at Cipher Seeker. Right off the bat, communication seems to be a challenge for this business, at least on the Facebook side of things. We messaged on 12/17 with a very specific question, and our only reply was a Facebook appointment notification. We asked a followup question, to hopefully get an answer to our original inquiry, but never received a response to it at all. Since we were making the trip to the Waldwick area anyway, we decided to throw caution to the wind, and booked our time in the room without having received a response. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by a friendly staff. We explained our history with escape rooms, and our expectations (we've made a good run of being able to conquer every room we've encountered as a team of just two, with minimal hints-- it's a bragging rights thing for us). It seemed as if this statement went over their heads. We were led to the room (Defcon5), which, while embracing the mood of a nuclear control room, still seemed very dated in a non-authentic way. Props and decor were laid out around the room in an uninteresting and honestly illogical way. Likewise, the progression from one clue to the next in every other room we had completed was done in a logical way, even if not always linear. We understand that not every clue needs to be in plain sight, however we were left with a constant feeling of "Huh? Where did that come from?" after we figured something out, as opposed to the more appropriate "Oh, NOW I get it." We did have to break down and ask for a hint or two, but once we asked for one or two, the floodgates seemed to open for the person overseeing our experience. Unsolicited clues were flying left and right, and it was only because of them that we were able to complete the illogical, nonintuitive room with under a minute left on the clock-- the final step was a "guess" between two different options, with no indication as to which was the correct, and an incorrect guess would prevent a further guess for more time than we had left. To be perfectly honest, I think we would have rather failed the room, than had our hand held to the extent that it was. With all that said, the staff were very nice and pleasant to get along with, and clearly excited about what they had to offer. It's just a shame that what they had to offer wasn't up to our expectations, and that communication seemed to be such a downfall. Unfortunately, this is the first escape room we've done that we cannot recommend to others.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Sue G wrote a review Jul 2018
Sebastian, Florida92 contributions36 helpful votes
Took my extended family to the Graveyard Inlet lighthouse room. There were 10 of us ranging in ages from 10 to 64. We had a great time and worked well together to decipher the clues. After several hints we were able to figure it all out. The host/owner was very personable and quick to get us the needed hints. I would definitely recommend this establishment. Only slightly negative thing was it is not an easy place to find.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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drdndas wrote a review Jul 2018
Wayne, New Jersey1 contribution
.Spent a delightful hour understanding this beautiful puzzle .EXITING experience. TO GO THROUGH THE Defcon. Will COME BACK AGAIN FOR FRAMED AND GRAVEYARD ROOMS COMING WEEKEND.I know i will be back
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Kathy Fields wrote a review Jun 2018
Cary, North Carolina137 contributions31 helpful votes
We did it as a family of five adults and it was great. The was a chess problem that I was worried about but was really pleasantly surprised at how there was enough info to make it easy to solve
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Jose Alejandro M wrote a review Oct 2017
San Juan, Puerto Rico12 contributions10 helpful votes
We tried the Framed room. We were a group of 4 adults and we have tried many escape rooms in the NJ area. Framed is a very difficult room (we escaped with less than 2 minutes on the clock). This is a very simple room that relies on clever riddles rather than high tech. There is so much information in the room that you will likely be overwhelmed for a few minutes. But that doesn't mean that you will not have fun. This room has many highlights and I highly recommend it for experienced escape room players. Newbies should try other escape rooms before trying this one out but I'm sure this room will be fun for everyone.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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