Our first experience of working in a single room only, and it turned out to be interesting and good pace. We might all have felt a bit disappointed walking in and seeing no other doorways to other rooms, but this was soon overcome by the intricacies of the set up for AI-9.
The storyline is strong – AI-9 is taking over the infrastructure of the country and you need to stop it. It really does feel like you’re racing against the clock to stop the artificial intelligence from gaining ground. The background music adds to the intensity of the experience.
Most notable was the good flow to the puzzles in this room. It is logical and well sequenced, and therefore all the group can follow what you are doing as a team and contribute as it progresses. Everyone felt involved and intrigued. Funnily, because we were all aware of the complexity of the set-up, it was the glaringly obvious things that we missed and needed a couple of clues on.
The set-up made us all up our game a little, and pay attention to every detail. We felt involved all the way through, and the puzzle challenge level was set just right for us as a team. The ClueHQ people have invested in purpose built puzzle props, and they are good quality. It makes the whole experience much more enjoyable and believable – a good theme and its presentation are so valuable in making a good quality experience for the escapers.
The set up at ClueHQ is modern, they’re looking to pitch in the marketplace at a certain level, and AI-9 achieves that. But they’re into the dark backdrops and lower light, so you have to go here for the puzzles quality, not the general overall theatrical experience and involvement.
Pay attention to the more subtle nuances of each puzzle!