This was our second visit to Clue HQ, where we first completed AI-9.
When you arrive at Clue HQ, firstly, you have to wait outside, under the railway bridge…that’s fun in the cold, and the area is not that nice a location. Once you are actually let inside the building, You are welcomed into the dark blacked-out foyer area to watch the standard “do’s and don’ts” video. The gamemaster asked whether we minded being blindfolded. We all naturally said that it was fine, and we were led into the prison cells.
As there were 4 of us, 2 people shared one prison cell, and the other 2 were in separate cells. Without causing any spoilers, the room is cleverly designed where, if there were only 2 people in the room, they could still continue with the escape room using only 2 cells, and 6 people would simply be paired up in 3 cells.
The story was quite self explanatory – you have been put in prison, and break out. Starting off separated made it so that the puzzles took a bit more team work and consideration than what we were used to in the previous rooms we had done. Once we worked out what needed to be done so we could be reunited as a group, it was a very clever and memorable room. The puzzles themselves were in line with the theme of being stuck in prison, although you need to be a mathematician in order to solve one of the puzzles!
At this stage of our escape room fun, I would say that we are no longer an inexperienced team, and this was shown by the fact that we were only given 4 clues during the game. We did manage to escape with 8 minutes left! I would recommend this game for beginners and experienced escapers alike.
Pay attention to the puzzles when keeping the calculator handy!