Outside the room
Things had moved on since I first visited clueQuest – quite literally. Not only had they opened up a second room, but they’d changed location down to the much more accessible Liverpool Street. The entrance was tucked down a side alley, and while the area was by no means quiet, we were still a little nervous.
Once inside though, it was a whole different experience. They had a large central space, with corners tucked away for the host to brief you. And what a host – she managed to spin the spy story well, with just the right amount of admonishment if any of the party weren’t taking it seriously.
Same as the other clueQuest game – you’re auditioning to be one of Mr Q’s secret agents and this time (if I remember right) you have to stop a nuclear bomb going off.
Inside the room
I thought Plan52 was good, but this one managed to be even better. They’d reduced the number of combination and padlocks, and come up with a whole host of new puzzles to solve. There were two “wow” moments in the room, where the puzzle mechanics were just brilliant, and plenty of really nice puzzles to solve.
The game itself was large, with plenty of room to move around, and everything was well maintained. My only complaint was that it was a little linear – I’d have liked a little more freeform play.
We got out with plenty of time to spare. We didn’t need many clues, but that wasn’t because the room was easy – we just seemed to work well as a team. I went with my best friend and our wives – and there was just the right balance of puzzle solving, leading, communicating and memory between us. I was the only one who’d done an escape room before, but they jumped straight in without any trouble.
I rate clueQuest as the best escape room provider in London, and of their two rooms, this is a little better (as you’d hope from a second room!). If you think you’ll only ever play one game in London, then for me you’d have to choose between this and Escape Rooms’ Room 33. If technological wowing is important, then Room 33 probably edges it, but if London Bridge isn’t convenient, or you’d like the puzzles to be part of the storyline, then I’d probably choose Operation Blacksheep.
I really, really fancied an Oreo milkshake, so we headed over to the Gourmet Burger Kitchen down the road for dinner. It’s exactly what you’d expect, and we even managed not to use the big Scrabble letters on the walls to spell rude words…
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