Well it was certainly a very different kind of night out. When the lovely team at Clue HQ Manchester invited me to have a go at their latest ‘live escape room’, I wasn’t short of volunteers to join in. As a group of first-timers we were challenged with the Detonation game and despite little knowledge of what to expect, we all thoroughly enjoyed our hour of laughs, frights and challenges.
What is an Escape Room?
Essentially, you’re locked in a room for an hour and have to try and get out using your best Sherlock-style instincts. Everyone is set to work from the outset, hunting out clues that lead you to the next challenge. The game isn’t physical but it definitely requires out-of-the-box thinking, a curious mind and good communication amongst the team. There was an ominous countdown playing throughout and along with the sinister lighting in the room, it most definitely cranked up the pressure!
What did we think of our game?
The game we played, Detonation, is ranked with a one star difficulty rating. Don’t let this put you off, especially if it’s your first time, as it doesn’t mean you’ll be out in 10 minutes (as one of my friends so confidently presumed *eye roll*). We were kept busy for the whole time whilst we got our heads around the kind of thinking expected of us. At multiple points throughout the game we were given clues, which by no means spoiled our experience and I don’t think we would have got very far without them. There’s lots to be getting on with during the game and the clues were delivered at the perfect time to ensure we were working right up to the final minutes.
The Final Verdict
The game was a slightly stressful experience (that might just be me) and it definitely brings out the competitive side in people (that might just be my friends) but it is certainly a fun and unique idea for a trip out. The pricing is a little steep, especially for students, but I’m now very intrigued by the rest of the games on offer. Turns out we kinda liked being locked up!
Clue HQ Manchester currently have two games open for challengers, with their third and most difficult game to open later this year.