Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 23, 2015
“Nitr0,” heard the name? If you haven’t, you’re about to learn. In fact, all of America might soon find it plastered across their TV screens. Nitr0 is the world’s greatest hacker, he’s successfully completed over 300 cyber crimes, yet the FBI doesn’t have any leads to his identity. Early this morning a video was received at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Nitr0 informed the Bureau of his plan to release a virus that will drain 100 million United States bank accounts of over $75 billion.
You are FBI Agent Alex Vargas, a fresh face in the Cyber Crime Unit. Fueled by optimism and a need for success, you determine that taking down Nitr0 would be the best way to climb the ladder to the top. You’ve received an anonymous lead, apparently Nitr0 has been tracked to an apartment in Cambridge. It’s a long shot, but it’s the only thing you’ve got.
You arrive outside and discover what looks to be an average American college apartment. A powerful clack comes from the door, it’s been sealed shut. The television turns on and Nitr0 himself appears on the screen. He tells you that he was the one who tipped you off about the location, he’s setting you up and in one hour the FBI will trace everything back to you in this apartment. The realization is setting in, the biggest virtual heist in history is about to be pinned on you.
You know that Nitr0 always provides a kill code for every crime in case things go awry. You must find that code, kill the program and escape within the hour. So you don’t take the fall for the biggest crime in American history.
Parking: Large parking in front
Date Completed: December 30, 2017
Number of Escape Artists: 2
Hint System: Time penalties after 3rd hint via TV monitor
Fun Factor: 4
Note. For OVERALL means, 1 = WTF?; 2 = Take a gander; 3 = You can book it; 4 = You should book it now; 5 = OMG! You should've booked it yesterday!
- Recommend 2-5 escape artists
- Good for beginners and seasoned escape artists
- First 3 hints are free; 2 minutes are deducted each hint afterwards
- Have a Techie with you
My sister, Desiree, and I have been avid escape artists for a couple of years now, but this was the first room we attempted to escape by ourselves.
The setting for TH3 COD3 was well-designed. Upon entering the room, we were in a simple apartment setting. There were only two of us, but since there is a small area to work with, I'd recommend 2-5 people for this room to not get too crowded. The puzzles were pretty unique and clever, yet not incredibly difficult. As we got further into the room, there were many times that Desiree and I were stumped, and had to ask for hints to avoid becoming more frustrated as time passed.
We were on the last puzzle when time ran out, leaving us disappointed with not having successfully escaped.
Overall, this was a pretty fun room!