Unlock The Formula Card Game Walkthrough
Unlock! The Formula, released this month in the US and Australia by Asmodee and Space Cowboys is a play at home escape room. The game uses cards in a ‘choose your own adventure’ style to lead you through the puzzles and help you ultimately find the exit in 60 minutes.
In order to play you must download the app which is available in both Apple and Android versions. The app works well and adds an extra element to the game play
The Formula Walk Through
SEP 30 1961 / TOP SECRET
The Department is concerned by the lack of recent reports from Dr. Hoffman. This genius chemist is involved in the MK project. In his last report, he claimed that his “truth serum” was close to the required reliability. We want Hoffman and his formula.
The team will be taken to the subway station (CLASSIFIED) and will infiltrate the lab, which opens with the code (CLASSIFIED). You make your way through the maze of New York subway tunnels. In the middle of the tracks, you find a trap door in the ground. It’s open and light shows through it.
Turn over this card
“The door closes and you hear a synthesized voice ‘self destruction engaged. 60 minutes”
This card requires you to reveal card E, 37, 19, 71, 27,B, 8 and 42
Card E will require you to reveal cards 12,57,66 and 50
Card 27 will require you to reveal card D
You will need this later to help with the puzzle in card F
A vase filled with flowers and water
Card 27 and D
‘A small wooden box with a hole in it hangs on the wall’
You will notice the key shown in card D has a cork on it. You can’t reach the key through the hole in the box as its too deep. Take card 57 and apply it to card 27
57+27= reveal card 84
By pouring the water from the vase into the box the cork rises and you now have a key, card 84.
You can now discard cards 27, 57 and D
A locked door.
Apply the key shown in card 84 to the locked engine room door (card 8), 84+8= card 92
Card 92 reveals an engine room. At the back of the room there are a few pieces of furniture. You can now discard card 8 and 84.
Reveal cards F, 2, 11, 13, L and 47
Look closely in the corner of the generator room and you will notice a 7, reveal card number 7
Look closely at card 42 and you will notice a small number on the pocket, number 33. Reveal card 33 which shows a key.
You can now discard card 42
Apply card 33 to card 47
Using card 33 unlock the filing cabinet
47+33= card 80
In the top draw you find a UV lamp. Discard cards 33 and 47
Place the projector slide into the projector (card 12)
Placing the project slide card 13 into the projector card 12 (13+12) reveals card 25. You can now discard cards 12 and 13.
Use the lamp with card 11
Apply the lamp (card 80) obtained from the filing cabinet (card 47) to card 11 (80+11) you can now reveal card 91. You can now discard card 11 and 80.
Using the lamp reveals fingerprints on the keypad
The numbers 2,5,6 and 8 are shown, along with three arrows pointing right.
Each of the arrows suggests a ‘greater than sign’. Using this formula we can determine the order of the numbers, e.g. 8 is greater than 6, 6 is greater than 5, 5 is greater than 2. And therefore the last number is two.
Type in the code 8652 into the app. You will receive a message stating that an electrical buzzing noise can be heard, take card K
After solving the puzzle in card 91 you can take card K which shows the generator has started up and has a value of 15. Discard card 91.
Don’t spend too long looking at this card, you will use it later.
If you haven’t yet obtained card number 7 look very closely at card 92, the number ‘7’ is printed in the top right corner of the generator room
Place this card into the microscope, card 66
Place card 7 into the microscope. 66+7 = card 73. Reveal card 73 which shows a tiny inscription. Discard card 7 and card 66.
Use the numbers/colours in card 73 to solve the puzzle on card F
Obtain card 73 by combining card 66 and 7 (microscope and slide) which will show you a code.
4 marked in red, 3 marked in green and 4 marked in orange.
On the red row find the fourth pin along, +1. On the green row find the third pin along, +7, on the orange row find the 4th pin along, +1
The red number you need is 9
You can now combine cards F and 50 together, 9+50 = card 59.
Card 59 shows a +27 and a ‘ring ring’ message. Discard cards 50,73 and F
Once you have solved the puzzle on card F you will be rewarded with card 59.
Use card 59 with card 37, 27+37 = card 64. This card states “you have a message, enter your security code”
Discard cards 37 and 59.
Look closely at card L, what do you see. Its a picture of a WING. You will need to use this later with card 64.
Using the information from card L, the WING
Find WING on the telephone dial, and note the corresponding numbers. W=9, I=4, N=6, G=4
Enter 9464 into the app and take card Y, discard card L and 64.
Card Y is obtained by solving the puzzle on card 64 using card L
“This is Hoffman,
I confess I’m running away, I can no longer cope with my terrible discovery. However, I value human life and I can’t let you die here. You can only get out with the formula. Then I’ll leave you to decide the fate of humanity. To access my lab you must first turn on the generator. Next, turn the lever on the right completely to the right, press 4 times on the black button and then, twice on the red. Good luck”.
Make sure you have obtained card Y.
Apply card K (+15) to card B. In order to get a red number you must follow the instructions on card Y, turn the lever on the right (+2) press 4 times on the black button (+4) and twice on the red (+10). Giving you a number of 16.
Combine 15 from card K and 16 from card B to reveal card 31.
By solving the puzzle on card B you will reveal card 31 which states ‘It works, you hear a click nearby +31’. Discard cards B, Y and K
Once you have solved the puzzle on card B (using cards K and Y) you can combine card 31 with 25. Reveal card 56. You can now discard cards 25,31 and E
Reveal cards 90,28,74,3,20
Reveal card W, this will show a padlock
A record player. This will come in handy later
Shows a periodic table, this will help you solve card W
On card 28 you will notice a picture of the MONA LISA. Draw card W.
Using the table on card 3 find the numbers that correspond to the letters MONA LISA
MO=5, NA=3, LI=2, SA=7.
Enter 5327 into the app. The padlock opens take card M. You can now discard cards 3,28,W.
Card M reveals card 23 and 93
Apply the LP record (card 23) to the record player (card 20) which reveals card 43. Discard cards 20 and 23.
After you combine the LP record (card 23) and record player (card 20) together you are given card 43 which contains the following message
“Enter the code 1234 into the app”
A recording will play, but it sounds like it is backward.
Enter code 4321 into the app.
A recording will play that states “to open the safe add 11”
Once you have ‘listened’ to the LP recording using card 43 you are told ‘to open the safe add 11’.
Add 11 to 74 and reveal card 85. Discard cards 43 and 74.
After opening the safe in card 74 you are shown a filing draw with the letters E, M, P, J, M, S, V, U and ?
Using the planets in the poster on card 2 you can see
E = earth, M = Mars, P = Pluto, J = Jupiter, M = Mercury, S = Saturn, V = Venus, U = Uranus
One planet is missing ‘Neptune’. The letter is N. Reveal card N and discard 2 and 85.
You have it. The formula. You need to get out quickly now
Look closely at card N. There are four numbers in different colours. 6 (red), 5 (blue), 8 (grey) 3 (green).
These colours correspond to the colour wheel at the bottom of the keypad in card 19. But what is the correct order
Card 93 and Card 90
Across the two cards add together the number of different coloured vials
Grey = 1, Blue = 2, Red = 3, Green =4,
The locked exit. Solve the puzzle on card 19 to open it.
The final keypad. In order to solve the keypad you must have identified the clue in card N and solved the puzzle across card 93 and 90.
Knowing that grey is 1 the first digit for the code is 8, blue is 2 and the second digit is 5, red is 3 and the third digit is 6, green is 4 and the fourth digit is 3.
(If you cant see how this is worked out go back to card N and look at the colour of the numbers, using the number of vials in card 93+90 you can work out the order of the digits.
Enter code 8563
Well done, take card C
Its the right code. The door opens and you run out with the formula. Will you hand it over to the authorities or will you destroy it? This choice is now up to you. Lost in thought you get out into the open air. Well done