Beyond the Escape Room: 5 Must-Try Activities!

If you’re an escape room lover looking for another activity to engross yourself in, this blogs for for you! Here at Cipher, all our Games Masters consider themselves “Enthusiasts”. We asked them for alternative activity recommendations for Escape Rooms fans. Read on to find out what they had to say:

1. The TikTok Sensation: Cryptic Killers and the Thrilling World of Unsolved Murder Mystery Games

Prepare to be captivated by the latest TikTok trend: Cryptic Killers, an immersive murder mystery game that allows players to unleash their inner detective from the cozy confines of their own home. With a diverse selection of mysteries to choose from, this game has taken social media by storm, enticing users to embark on suspenseful investigations.

The game provides players with an all-inclusive evidence folder brimming with evidence photos, reports, and even access to online evidence, ensuring hours of thrilling entertainment. Cryptic Killers has garnered praise from couples who view it as a unique and budget-friendly date night activity, adding a dash of excitement to their evenings. With its irresistible gameplay, Cryptic Killers has undeniably struck a chord with mystery enthusiasts everywhere.

2. Dive Into the World of Immersive Experience Days

For the hardcore enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable adventure, immersive experience days are an absolute must! Most of these immersive experiences are located in big cities and therefore have relatively higher costs (especially when including travel). However, try not to be put off by this! Rest assured, every penny spent is well worth it, as you are guaranteed an unparalleled experience!

From the moment you step into these immersive worlds, you’ll be astounded by the attention to detail. The hosts, actors, decor, storyline, and puzzles are meticulously crafted to stay true to the theme, offering a level of theatrics that is hard to find in your typical escape rooms (apart from Cipher, of course!).

To kickstart your immersive journey, our knowledgeable hosts recommend three outstanding experiences: The Crystal Maze Experience, Saw Experience, and Phantom Peak. These carefully curated adventures will completely engulf you in another world, allowing you to escape reality for an extended period of time.

3. Explore the Fascinating World of Butterfly Effect Video Games

During the challenging times of the COVID pandemic, our Room Designer, Charlie, like many others, discovered a newfound passion for video games. Seeking a departure from the usual open-world, first-person shooter, or narrative-driven games, Charlie embarked into the realm of butterfly effect games.

Unlike traditional games, butterfly effect games provide a unique and captivating experience. These games react and adapt to the choices you make, shaping the path of your adventure based on the decisions you make on behalf of your character. Prepare to be enthralled as you explore multiple playthroughs, each with its own distinct consequences.

One of the standout features of these games is their stunning graphics, which allow you to become fully immersed in your character’s world. Interacting with others, objects, and the environment feels incredibly lifelike, creating an unparalleled level of realism.

With a wide array of themed games to choose from, the thriller and adventure genres have gained significant popularity. To help you embark on your butterfly effect gaming journey, Charlie recommends three exceptional titles: Until Dawn, Heavy Rain, and Life is Strange. These games offer gripping storylines, rich character development, and thought-provoking choices that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

4. VR adventures or Escape Rooms

VR adventures provide a refreshing alternative to traditional escape rooms, offering a level of immersion and interactivity that surpasses expectations. With stunning graphics and realistic environments, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a whole new reality, ready to conquer challenges and unravel mysteries.

One of the greatest advantages of VR adventures is the sheer variety of experiences available. Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline-pumping first-person shooter experience, an exploration of an ancient civilization, or a mind-bending puzzle-solving extravaganza, there’s a VR adventure to suit every taste.

These experiences often go beyond the confines of physical limitations, allowing you to interact with objects and characters in ways that would be impossible in the real world. 


5. Embrace the World of Puzzle Books

You can’t beat a classic! Puzzle books are one of the cheapest ways to engage your brain, with a variety of types available to suit all ages and levels. From intricate logic puzzles to mind-bending riddles, there’s a puzzle book for every type of puzzle lover. 

One of the greatest advantages of puzzle books is their flexibility. You can embark on your puzzle-solving journey at your own pace, fitting it into your schedule whenever you desire. Whether you have a few minutes to spare or an entire afternoon, puzzle books offer an engaging and rewarding experience that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.

To get you started on your puzzle book adventure, we’ve curated a list of highly recommended titles. For those who enjoy visual puzzles and optical illusions, “The GCHQ Puzzle Book” will put your perception and deduction skills to the test with a collection of challenging and cryptic brain teasers. We also recommend “Bletchley Park Brainteasers” by Sinclair McKay for those who may want a more intense variety of puzzles. You can also find an array of puzzle books in supermarkets and stationary shops.

Our team believe these 5 suggestions are ideal for escape room lovers. Whilst still giving you the thrill of puzzle solving, these can also be more relaxed alternatives that in turn, will aid your abilities for the next room you book! Have any more suggestions? Feel free to recommend them through our social media Dm’s or get in touch via email!

Until next time, happy puzzling everyone!