Cooperation is key in this two-player escape room game. Communicate carefully and solve a series of twisted puzzles set by the devious "Cryptic Killer"... But no problem for two seasoned detectives like you, right?! Beat the clock, beat your captor and ESCAPE THE LAB. But hurry, time's ticking…
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“I thoroughly enjoyed this game. I went in with fairly low expectations but was absolutely blown away. The interactivity and independence are a real positive, and the puzzles themselves were just as good as any physical room.”
4.2/5 – The Escape Roomer

“Parallel Lab is a fun cooperative experience that should have players delighting in their shared adventure.”
Chaos & Confetti

About This Game

ABOUT THE PARALLEL LAB




The Parallel Lab is a cooperative point-and-click escape room game for two players. Take on the roles of two detectives and use all your puzzle-solving skills to work together in this escape room adventure. It's up to you both to crack the codes, decipher the digits and unravel the mystery of the Cryptic Killer.

THE STORY SO FAR


After escaping from the Cryptic Killer's trap in the prequel Unboxing the Mind of a Cryptic Killer, detectives Old Dog and Ally are back on the case and hot on the heels of their twisted criminal nemesis. Their case leads to an old laboratory on the edge of town. There, a series of carefully laid puzzles await.

Are these new clues bringing the detectives one step closer to catching the Cryptic Killer, or another trap? One thing's for sure, they need to get out, and fast!

COMMUNICATION IS KEY




You cannot hope to escape from the Parallel Lab alone! Two brains are better than one to crack the Cryptic Killer's codes. Team up with a friend and both of you will navigate through separate screens and encounter opposite halves of the same puzzles.

The Parallel Lab will push your puzzle solving skills to the limit and communication is key.

🕹️ Navigate control panels to guide each other's movements
🧠 Combine your knowledge to solve challenging puzzles
🧩 Piece together torn documents to recover information across two screens
🎲 Push buttons, move controllers and play mini-games together to escape
🦜 Don't let the parrot raise the alarm!

FEATURES LIST




  • Two Player Co-Op: In Parallel Lab, the detectives are separated. You’ll see different items and clues than your partner and will be tested on your communication!
  • Challenging Collaborative Puzzles: Two brains are better than one when it comes to cracking the Cryptic Killer's codes.
  • Unravel a Thrilling Story: Track the Cryptic Killer's movements as Detectives Old Dog and Ally in this ongoing murder mystery saga.
  • Explore Illustrated Worlds: Parallel Lab's hand illustrated environments are inspired by noir novels.
  • Draw on… Everything! You can't solve a case without taking notes. At any time in the game, you can whip out a notebook and pen to make notes and scribble on your environment.

MEET THE DETECTIVES


MEET DETECTIVE ALLY


Name: Allison Abernathy ("Ally" for short)
From: Glasgow, Scotland

Ally grew up in a police family and was always destined to sign up. A force to be reckoned with, when she puts her mind to something, nothing gets in her way.

But that streak of success came to a head when the case of the Cryptic Killer fell across her desk. Partnering with Polish detective, 'Old Dog' Kowalski, at first it seemed like just another day, another case, and another criminal to be caught…

But this case would prove to be different. Success would come at a far greater cost, lasting Detective Abernathy for decades to come. With a new lead and a new peril, old wounds are about to be reopened.

MEET DETECTIVE OLD DOG


Name: Steve "Old Dog" Kowalski
From: Krakow, Poland

Old Dog has an age beyond his years, older, wiser, and hardened by life. From an early age, he wanted to work in law enforcement and achieved his dreams as a young officer in the Polish police force.

His career followed success after success, that was until he was assigned a curious international case with Scottish detective 'Ally' to track down the Cryptic Killer. With the killer safely behind bars, something didn't quite feel right. That something has been nagging at Old Dog for decades since.

Essentially a loner, Old Dog spends his nights listening to Jazz and drinking whisky as he obsesses over the details of the old case. All but keeping him from spiraling is his partner Ally. Will this new break upset the careful balance?

ABOUT ELEVEN PUZZLES


Five friends from Scotland and Poland, brought together by a love of games and puzzles, decided to create an online escape room that would challenge, excite and entertain. Dozens of puzzles, hundreds of hours, thousands of coffee cups later, Eleven Puzzles was born and the Cryptic Killer series of digital escape rooms was published online. After being played by tens of thousands of escape room enthusiasts worldwide Eleven Puzzles have expanded the team, improved the series, and are bringing their long awaited, award-winning escape rooms to Steam.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel core 2 DUO 2GHz+, AMD Athlon TMX2 2.2GHz+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Hd graphics 520
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: A working PC-compatible microphone
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8/10/11
    • Processor: Intel core I5-4440, AMD FX 6300
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 740, AMD Radeon R7 250
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: A working PC-compatible microphone
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