The Cell


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JessHow I want to spend my mornings: Eating brioche at a cafe in Paris. Sunning myself on a sugar-white sand beach in Hawaii. How I don't want to spend my mornings: Waking up, confused and alone, in a bare, The Cellfilthy cell, pandering to the whims of a madman in a desperate bid to regain my freedom. Happily for me, I am not the unfortunate protagonist/victim of an escape game. However! Spence, an American who finds himself embroiled in intrigue in Budapest after answering the call of a distant friend, is. For reasons beyond his comprehension, he has been confined and made to fight for his life. And now, he needs your help to escape The Cell.

Created by the Fox Network as a companion game to the Web series of the same name, The Cell is a lengthy, highly entertaining adventure through an elaborate dungeon complex. Our hero, Spence, must complete a series of increasingly bizarre and dangerous challenges as he ascends to the surface; your unknown captor has provided all that you need, but you'll need to use your wits and risk your hide to overcome his tests. In theme and atmosphere the game reminds me quite a bit of the Saw series of movies; even the sinister voice of Spence's malevolent kidnapper (on the cell phone from which he gives you his orders) is the same. Nothing wrong with that, though. The same thing that makes the movies fun—the complex, potentially fatal game-playing—is also the reason that The Cell is so enjoyable.

As befits a game commissioned by a major television network, The Cell is quite good-looking and professionally rendered. The third-person visuals suggest the view from a security camera; perhaps, even while playing the hero, you are assuming the perspective of the villain? The interface is clean, simple and intuitive, and a save feature is thoughtfully provided. Admittedly, the game is somewhat easy. The puzzles are mainly logical and not terribly complex, and if you get stuck all you have to do is access the comprehensive hint system by pressing the "help" button. Of course, you choose how much assistance to be provided with. There is quite a bit of backtracking necessary to completing the game (the facility is comprised of three levels connected by elevators, and you'll often find yourself running back and forth between them), but that's not such a hassle. On the whole, the game scores pretty low on the frustration scale.

The game does require registration, but receiving emails from the website is optional. So go ahead and enjoy!

Spence needs you:

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Walkthrough Guide


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Walkthrough

Chapter I

Click the button above the toilet and take the screwdriver from inside the mini lift

Click on the sink, take the left tap head

Go back to the room view, and use the tap head on the Stopvalve, located at the bottom-right of the mini lift, on the pipe

Go back to the sink, open the other tap and take the key

Exit the sink view and use the key on the door

Chapter II

Take the plastic cup on the boxes on the upper-right of the screen

Go through the door with the red sensor above

Take the orange oil bottle from the bottom of the shelves

Open the toolbox on the shelves, take the insulating tape

Use the tape on the sensor above the door, then open the electricity box right of the door and take the fuse

Go back into the corridor, and go back into the cell

Use the oil bottle on the oil puddle

Click the sink, use the cup on the water

Get back out into the corridor then exit bottom-left

Open the electricity box right of the leftmost door, put the fuse in

Use the control panel on the other side of the door, and play a little memory game to open the lift. Get inside to go to 2nd basement

Chapter III

Exit by upper-right, use the tape on the damaged wires

Use the screwdriver on the big grille on the left

Crawl through the pipeline, on the other side, fix the wires with the tape and go back through the pipeline

Activate the button right of the fan

Chapter IV

Exit the cell and go back inside the maintenance room, you'll find the first dosis, (note down the color) of the antidote on the shelves

Exit the room, leave by the bottom-left and enter the right door into the hospital

Click on the can lid on the top of the shelves and drink the second antidote (again, note down the color)

Open the drawer on the stretcher to find a rubber glove

Exit the room, take the elevator, and take the lift to the 2nd level

Go to the main fan, use the glove on the button, drink the 3rd dose behind the fan (yes, note down the color again)

Go back to the cell, click the box on the bed, and drink the 4th dose of the color you haven't drunk yet

Chapter V

Open the toilet lid, get the key

Go back to the 2nd basement, use the key on the door right out of the elevator

Go right, click the button, go left, and click the hook on the ceiling, don't turn off the power just yet and go right

Take the floating rubber ball right in front of you and go through the door

Use the rubber ball on the mousehole under the bucket, then click the rat

Take the key from the dead man's hand and follow the rat out

Click the rat, follow him, click on him again, once it's knocked out, turn off the power with the lever and pick it up

Go down to the hospital, use the key on the cabinet, take the elastic band

Go back up to the warehouse where you picked up the rubber ball

Use the elastic on the speargun then click it to play a little game where you have to shoot down 10 fishes

Once it's done, use the oil on the belt control right in front of you, activate it and go through the door to retrieve the bucket

Go back to the main fan, crawl through the pipeline, leave the fish where the leftovers are and get back out

Go back to the room where you got the bucket and take the elevator

Chapter VI

Click the laser sensor and go through the door

Put the rat on the pipeline and splash the glass of water on it, go through the door

Open the metallic box, when you zoom in on the bomb, you must move around the rings so that the lines cross all the red dots, turning them green

Pick up the bomb, and go back to your cell.

Put the bomb inside the mini lift, click the button. Once it has exploded, go back up where you took the bomb.

Go through the pipeline, pick up the card, then go back to the corridor with the lift, use the card on the flashing device and go through the door

Use the card again on the device and enter the control room

Click the uppermost computer to open the door, then exit through the door that just opened

Go left, right, forward, right , twice forward. You're out

66 Comments

I played this a couple of days ago, and I thought it was very good. It's quite easy, but the spooky "saw"-like atmosphere, and the fact that you can't die and have to start all over again, makes up for it. Waiting for sequel!

just like fox to do something like this though im not complaining fox has some of the best shows for instance housemd and fringe

I WANNA HOUSE M.D GAME!

I keep getting "Transaction failed due to an error in the connection to the server" whenever I try to create a new player using my Gmail.com account, but not on other email sites. Is that a bug or something?

EMDF:

Sounds like it is trying to validate that the e-mail is valid. SMTP can also query that a valid e-mail address exists, and it's possible that gmail doesn't allow this (to stop spammers from scanning for address or something). Just a guess.

Hmm... pretty straightforward most of the way. But I'm stuck.

How do you get the mouse? I imagine I'll need the mouse to trip the 2nd laser by running along the pipeline. But I can't catch the darn thing. I have only a plastic cup filled with water in my inventory. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Nevermind!

I'd missed the rubber ball that hides in the warehouse. Ugh.

Onward and upward.

interesting graphic approach, too repetitive up and down and back and forth, ending terrible

Scarrow and EMDF

No it's not gmail. I use a gmail account and it worked fine for me. Are you sure you typed it in right?

Pretty cool game.
Didnt like how i'd figured out what to do and was on the way to do it,then a window pops up telling me what to do anyway....

Some help please?

I got the rat, nut i just can't find what to do with it

@animalbrad game attacker

Yeah, I typed my exact email (@gmail.com) three times when I first posted, and three times now with no luck. I even tried "@www.gmail.com" and "@mail.google.com", and they still didn't work. I guess it's something with my email. I used Firefox 2.0.0.17 and Internet Explorer 7.0.6001.18000, neither of which worked. I ended up using an anonymous spam email to play the game, and deleting the registration email.

Gmail worked just fine, but this game was so not worth registering for. It's too short. -.-

I will admit it took me a couple dozen tries at the end, trying to find the exit. I will also admit to hitting the Help button a few times. But, really, registering for this?

Im trying to escape the cell, have got to the part where I can see the electronic swipe card through the grill with the mini lift how do I get the card?

CaroleP

You need to find something explosive and send it up in the minilift

the help button helps

I just beat the game.

I played this game a few days ago, and so I must say that the Saw part of the review made me happy. I am glad I was not the only one to think of Saw when playing this game, and also to see the good sides of being inspired by Saw being mentioned, being the whole mind twist part.

Unfortunately the Saw resemblance is also its weakness, as it seems like this game like many others I've seen, are trying to copy the whole Saw theme.

But as a game in itself, it is fun to play, looks good, and have some nice puzzles.

It won't allow me to use my email address either, apparently it doesn't like .info domains...

Very good game. Easy enough to get without help, and the creepy atmosphere was great, especially with such good graphics.

I remember hearing about this Cell.tv somewhere, and I'm certainly not going to miss any episode!

sequence to get out of the maze:

left, right, forward, right, forward, forward

it will keep resetting if you get a portion of it wrong, but it gets a bit tedious.

Finally, an escape game I can beat. I suck at them and have to check the walkthrough.

Room Escape: The Series? Huh. Couldn't be worse than SAW or any of the 'reality' tv shows right now....

I must be stupid because I am stuck already and only in the corridor. I have a screwdriver, but can't move boxes or anything. Can't tell if I am angry at the game or at myself for not thinking of what will end up being easy.

@guest

When you are at the corridor, go right to the boxes and pick up the plastic cup
go left, click the next door left to the cell door and enter maintance room
at the shelf right side you will find at the top an empty oilcan
in the middle is a toolbox - click it and take out the isolation tape
Click the isolation tape above the door at the red sensor
open the box right next to the door and get out the fuse
Go back to your cell and fill the plastic cup at the sink with water and the oilcan at the floor with oil
Go back on the corridor and walk left

When you click the Help-Button at the right upper corner, it will give you a hint about what you need or have to do next

Greetings Kayleigh

Awesome presentation, but the concept was way too close to a "Saw" ripoff, and the gameplay was way too short. Why did they even want you to register?

Thanks for the kind review. We're very proud of the series and the game.

This game is AWESOME!

Walkthrough

Chapter I

Click the button above the toilet and take the screwdriver from inside the mini lift

Click on the sink, take the left tap head

Go back to the room view, and use the tap head on the Stopvalve, located at the bottom-right of the mini lift, on the pipe

Go back to the sink, open the other tap and take the key

Exit the sink view and use the key on the door

Chapter II

Take the plastic cup on the boxes on the upper-right of the screen

Go through the door with the red sensor above

Take the orange oil bottle from the bottom of the shelves

Open the toolbox on the shelves, take the insulating tape

Use the tape on the sensor above the door, then open the electricity box right of the door and take the fuse

Go back into the corridor, and go back into the cell

Use the oil bottle on the oil puddle

Click the sink, use the cup on the water

Get back out into the corridor then exit bottom-left

Open the electricity box right of the leftmost door, put the fuse in

Use the control panel on the other side of the door, and play a little memory game to open the lift. Get inside to go to 2nd basement

Chapter III

Exit by upper-right, use the tape on the damaged wires

Use the screwdriver on the big grille on the left

Crawl through the pipeline, on the other side, fix the wires with the tape and go back through the pipeline

Activate the button right of the fan

Chapter IV

Exit the cell and go back inside the maintenance room, you'll find the first dosis, (note down the color) of the antidote on the shelves

Exit the room, leave by the bottom-left and enter the right door into the hospital

Click on the can lid on the top of the shelves and drink the second antidote (again, note down the color)

Open the drawer on the stretcher to find a rubber glove

Exit the room, take the elevator, and take the lift to the 2nd level

Go to the main fan, use the glove on the button, drink the 3rd dose behind the fan (yes, note down the color again)

Go back to the cell, click the box on the bed, and drink the 4th dose of the color you haven't drunk yet

Chapter V

Open the toilet lid, get the key

Go back to the 2nd basement, use the key on the door right out of the elevator

Go right, click the button, go left, and click the hook on the ceiling, don't turn off the power just yet and go right

Take the floating rubber ball right in front of you and go through the door

Use the rubber ball on the mousehole under the bucket, then click the rat

Take the key from the dead man's hand and follow the rat out

Click the rat, follow him, click on him again, once it's knocked out, turn off the power with the lever and pick it up

Go down to the hospital, use the key on the cabinet, take the elastic band

Go back up to the warehouse where you picked up the rubber ball

Use the elastic on the speargun then click it to play a little game where you have to shoot down 10 fishes

Once it's done, use the oil on the belt control right in front of you, activate it and go through the door to retrieve the bucket

Go back to the main fan, crawl through the pipeline, leave the fish where the leftovers are and get back out

Go back to the room where you got the bucket and take the elevator

Chapter VI

Click the laser sensor and go through the door

Put the rat on the pipeline and splash the glass of water on it, go through the door

Open the metallic box, when you zoom in on the bomb, you must move around the rings so that the lines cross all the red dots, turning them green

Pick up the bomb, and go back to your cell.

Put the bomb inside the mini lift, click the button. Once it has exploded, go back up where you took the bomb.

Go through the pipeline, pick up the card, then go back to the corridor with the lift, use the card on the flashing device and go through the door

Use the card again on the device and enter the control room

Click the uppermost computer to open the door, then exit through the door that just opened

Go left, right, forward, right , twice forward. You're out

They're...not speaking English in that game, right? Or any real language? I keep hearing the word "disfigured" from the creepy guy who calls me on the phone -- but mostly everyone sounds like The Exorcist by way of the grown-ups in Charlie Brown cartoons.

Oh: and why the heck am I wandering around a filthy warehouse in my bare feet?!?

Paradoxically, there's something that kinda amuses me in these games sometimes. No matter how dire the situation the characters are in, they never want to put their hands in some dirty water or anything like that xD

I mean come on ! You've been drugged, kidnapped and locked in a cell, and your main concern is that you don't want to get your hands dirty ?

Oh gosh, yes!! I was also thinking of Saw when I played this game! Oh gosh. It never fails to send chills along my spine! Good game!

I liked this one. Good graphics, easy enough but not too much. I also liked the built-in help.

Did I find a bug?
I drank 3 doses and the help says to search the rooms thoroughly. I did, but nothing changes.

The walkthrough says I should find a box on the bed to choose the 4th dose but there is no box there. Oh dear.

Any suggestions?

Wow. This game is good and the graphics are brilliant, but it's very tough!

I'm stuck

When I try and get the fuse from the box, it says I'll need something to block the door, but when I go to put the insulating tape in the fuse box, it says that won't work.

Any help?

@xRomain

You must use the tape on the red sensor above the door so the door stays open, not on the fuse box itself

i cant find the dead rat!

I find it a little weird that this game is tagged as "kidsafe". I realize that there is nothing horrendous in the game, but there IS a disembowled corpse, and that monster thing is pretty creepy. I mean, I'm not going to lie, the game is kinda spooky.

I'm just mentioning this because the tag "kidsafe" sparks in me the kind of game that is seriously not questionable in the least bit. I just worry that there might be some upset parents of younger children, if they allow them to play this without checking, because of the tag.

Thanks for your concern, Chelsea. I've changed the tags for this one. Cheers!

was anyone able to watch the webisodes on the website? whenever I click on one it says its "not available at my your location." are americans not allowed to watch it?

Not a bad escape game. I'd probably prefer it if the Hint system wouldn't automatically stop the game after you've been plugging away for awhile and give you the hint. Maybe if just the option came up, but not with it right there in front of you.

Also, I wasn't too impressed with (what I hope was) the translation of the game. Not that there were huge, glaringly bad examples of mangled English in the text, but there are a plenty of small misuses of tense and grammar in there. It wouldn't really stand out in your standard independently-made escape game, but with such a polished presentation here, phrases like "The control panel has power supply" or "It's locked with key" don't really belong. In particular, I found "You'll find a box with four keys in your cell. Only one of is good" (which references a box with four vials) to be just plain sloppy proofreading. It doesn't put a major damper on the gameplay, but it's there, and doesn't need to be, particularly since this is brought to us by a major television network.

So.. why can't I throw the rubber ball to trip the sensor? It's a bit of a pet peeve of mind when other options to escape, no matter how logical they seem, can not be carried out. Erg. Still an OK game.

Stylistically, just extraordinary. The puzzles seem to be pretty trivial so far, at least by the standards we're used to finding in the other escape games on JIG.
Did anyone else have their saved info summarily deleted? Pretty frustrating.

p.s. try spoilers, people!

The game won't load for me. The page loads, but there's only a gray box where the game should be. I've tried in firefox, IE and opera.

Is anyone else having trouble with this?

Very nicely ilustrated game!
But... easy...

I wasn't able to load my saved data either. Fustrating, because I don't even feel like playing it back through again, but I was getting into the game before I stopped.

For what it's worth, I was able to use a mailinator.com account to register. For those not aware, (anything)@mailinator.com is a valid e-mail inbox, and anyone can check the mail that comes there.

It didn't accept my first try for a mailinator account, but the user name part had a hyphen in it, so that might be part of the problem other

...other people are having. (Seems my message was cut off when I had to copy and paste it because the comment form kept saying my message text was "wrong" without saying *how*.)

I'm so stuck in the room after the storage room. How do you solve this bomb from not exploding? "Help" button is not available when you click on the metallic box where the bomb is inside.

Please help.

The bomb:
Open the metallic box, when you zoom in on the bomb, you must move around the rings so that the lines cross all the red dots, turning them green

The rings don't have to toch the dots, just put them so, that all the dots turn green by the lines who are in the near of the dots ;)

I was reading the walkthrough for the cell and I did the part where you follow the rat. The only problem being: where's the rat? In other words, I can't seem to find the rat when it leaves. I need help.

I can't find the first dose in the maintenance room. I have the second one of the hospital but that's all.

Yeah, I keep getting the "Transaction failed due to an error in the connection to the server." Is this game trying to connect on some special port that I'll need to open up on my network? If anyone can run a trace to see what port it uses, I'd appreciate it. This game looks cool :-)

wow...what a nice game! heart pumping at the end..haha

I can't even click anything... I can't click play or new player... :/

I messed up on the bomb. I thought they had to be red, so the time ran up and everything turned black. Now I can't play anymore! And I'm definately not starting from the beginning again.

Help! I'm stuck on catching the mouse. How do I do it? I don't have any cheese, lol. Just this stupid cup of water. Wat do I do? Thanks for any help.

wow...it was totally exciting!

how to catch the mouse

get it to the water it the corridor and then turn the electric back on to kill the mouse (where you hung onto the hook and moved forward)

I'm having a problem playing. The page loads to where you click play or episodes and when I click play a page comes up and its done loading but its just blank. Is the site down? I can hear the music playing though? Anyone else have this problem?

I can't find the last dose. It says to get box from bed in cell, but there is no box.What do I do now?

I NEED HELP!!!
Once I have the dead rat and go to the laser room, what do I do?? Anybody please help me...lol this game is fun.....

I've gotten the dose from the fan and the hospital. The third is in the maintenance room. I can't find it. I've tabbed many times, clicked everywhere. Help me. Is this a glitch?

I need some help. I can't find the dead rat.

I've played so many escape games, I could be the next Houdini. Normally I get bored or fed up with the complexity of them because I just can't be bothered, but this was the most enjoyable, straightforward, logical and sense making I have played!!

Excellent!

Lisabeee

Game won't load ;_;

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