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Review: Shipwrecked

RATING: 5 Keys          RESULT: Loss          REMAINING: X:XX

Codescape is back, and yet again makes a resounding statement that their solid foothold among the elite of all escape rooms across the US is for good reason.


Shipwrecked takes the adventurous spirit of classic pirate lore and gives it an Indiana Jones-style twist. Legend has it, the Asi Sword was created to uphold cosmic order.  Hundreds of years ago the sword was stolen by a crew of savage pirates.

While attempting to escape with the relic, the pirates found themselves caught in a violent storm that left them shipwrecked along the coast of India.

In recent years the wreckage has been discovered. Now it’s up to you and your team of archaeologists to retrieve the Asi Sword before a rival group of nefarious treasure hunters beat you to it.

It’s an experience where you play an active role, making you truly the star of a cinematic adventure.


If you’ve read our prior review from The Residents, you’ll know exactly what you’re in for here – and exactly why you have a reason to be excited.

Codescape excels at the quality of their set pieces in a way few venues can even dream of. If story matters to you, if show matters to you – and they absolutely should – Codescape needs to be on the short list of games not to be missed across the United States.

Impressive physical sets, authentically textured and distressed, give the impression that this mighty pirate ship has sailed the seven seas for ages before coming to its unceremonious end in this mysterious place.

Dramatic theatrical lighting bathes the world in vibrant color, creating an unmistakable mood of a fantastical destination one won’t just come across in their every day life.

A custom written movie-like soundtrack scores this adventure to only further enhance the excitement.

Shipwrecked is one of those rare games that literally transports you to another world and does it so well that you almost don’t even want to escape within the hour.



Again true to the lofty standards they create for themselves, the majority of the puzzles in the world of Shipwrecked link seamlessly to the pirate storyline.

With very few exceptions, nearly every activity you do connects you deeper to the pirate life.

Prepare the cannonballs.

Chart a course with a treasure map.

Rifle through gold doubloons.

Gather the bones of lost crew mates.

This is far from an ordinary experience, and truly must be seen to be believed.


Dead men tell no tales, but any who step foot into the world of Shipwrecked most certainly will – because this is a game that’s sure to get you talking. The level of attention to detail is unmatched, and perhaps more importantly the gameplay is fun and intuitive.

Codescape continues to impress us by consistently checking off all the boxes that we really want to see hit in a game experience. Their venues basically define our very review structure, giving equal attention and importance to story, scenic and puzzles. They’re a standard-bearer for the industry—and easily worth a trip to Charlotte just to experience.

Venue Details

Venue:  Codescape

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Number of Games: 3


Duration: 60 minutes

Capacity: 8 people

Group Type: Public / You may be paired with strangers.

Cost: $28 per person

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