The 2023 Cryptex Hunt is On (YouTube)

This year’s Cryptex Hunt officially starts today… and this year the mad bastards have decided to embed all of the puzzles in YouTube videos!

Pokemon meme depicting a trainer facing off against a Nevins cryptex reads, "Wild Cryptex appeared!"

What’s a Cryptex Hunt?

The Cryptex Hunt is an annual, free, online puzzle hunt made by a number of longtime escape room community members including the creator of the original cryptex, Justin Nevins, REA writer Sarah Willson, RECON speaker Errol Elumir, and REA Patreon Discord regulars like Darren Miller and Dan Egnor, among many other fantastic people.

Gold and silver C, Cryptex Hunt, The hunt for hidden puzzles logo.

When it comes to puzzle difficulty, puzzle hunts are much more challenging than escape rooms. In the case of the Cryptex Hunt, this crew has really done some nutty things when it comes to choosing a medium. This year all of the puzzles are embedded in videos.

Should I Cryptex Hunt?

If you enjoy puzzles, absolutely. Just know that these puzzles will generally be more robust than what you’ll find in an escape room (which makes sense, given that they don’t have the same time constraints.)

If you’re new to puzzle hunts or just want to get a bit better, I wrote a puzzle hunt primer back in February 2020.

How Do I Get Started?

To learn more, check out the Cryptex Hunt website. There are a pair of warmup puzzles to give you a sense of what to expect.

And to see the videos as they release, check out the Cryptex Hunt YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like & subscribe.

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