The Cryptic Room Opens in Council Bluffs


The Cryptic Room Opens in Council Bluffs

The Cryptic Room ( is open for business, offering residents of the Council Bluffs/Omaha area a new entertainment option. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce on November 20.

Escape rooms burst on the American scene just a few years ago, and have quickly spread from coast to coast. It’s an interactive game where a group of players are “locked” in a room that is built to resemble a fictional place and must work together to solve puzzles in order to escape before time runs out. While there are hundreds of escape rooms operating throughout the country, Council Bluffs has been slow to join the trend.

The Cryptic Room has three escape room games, with a fourth one on the way. In “Great Aunt Myrtle Ethrington (G.A.M.E),” players must solve their late aunt Myrtle’s cryptic puzzles to find a treasure she left behind. “Into the Assassin’s Lair” is a suspense-filled hour as players are racing against a bomb timer to discover the Assassin’s next target and save themselves. As players in “C.O.R.E. Intruders,” participants must work with a hacker to break into an evil doctor’s office, retrieve a piece of technology, and escape – all while going undetected by security. Slated to open next month, the new game will simulate a remote island cave.

The Cryptic Room is located at 523 S. Main Street in Council Bluffs. Players can learn more and reserve their game via the The Cryptic Room’s Facebook page ( or website