This weekend, I ventured to Clue HQ in Warrington to have a go with some friends at one of their escape rooms.
The idea behind these rooms is that you are with a team of 2-6 people, locked in a room, and you have to solve the clues and riddles to escape.
We were there to be locked in The Vault.
From their website about this game:
You and your friends recently visited a casino owned by The National Bank of Money. Accusations have been made that their machines are fixed to give the house a higher advantage. They stole your money, and you’re going to get it back!
All of the casino’s chips are stored in the vault at The National Bank of Money. Your heist appears to be going smoothly until the security system comes back on! You’ve got 60 minutes to grab as much cash (in casino chips) as you can and escape!
So, the idea here is to escape, and grab as many casino chips as you can.
I’ve never done anything like this before, but it was an absolute blast. We were locked in a small room, with two rooms to get into – an office, and the vault itself. Before us were an array of clues, and many *many* locked cupboards. A computer screen (in this case monitored by a wonderful lady called Nikki) would occasionally pop up with additional clues for us if we looked stuck.
I won’t mention any specific puzzles, as I refuse to post spoilers for this. However, we didn’t fare too well – we managed to collect $4.5 million worth of chips, but we failed to escape after we overlooked a key in a cupboard we unlocked earlier. We did get into the office and vault though. Also, 60 minutes is no time at all when you’re having fun.
We’ll be going again, as we’re pretty sure we can both escape and get more loot. We’ll also be booking into one of their other games while we’re there – I want to do the Sacrifice game (where you’re pitted against your mates and get to decide if they’re worthy enough to survive), but my other team mates aren’t too up for that. Which makes me sad, as I wanted to make sure I was on the opposing team to my sister and sacrifice her ‘for the greater good*’.
Ah well. I’ll be looking forward to trying out all the escape rooms this company has on offer. I’d highly recommend this for a cheap hour of fun with friends if you’re after something a bit different!
* The greater good in this case being revenge for our childhood.