Bad Clown, Halloween, over midnight

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Well, as soon as this game appeared, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that the addicts would be playing this specific game, 90 minutes long, especially when coupled with live actors! ( N.B. Bad Clown is now called Mr. Chuckles FunHouse – Bad Clown, and they have a non – live actor, less scary game, at 60 minutes long called Mr Chuckles FunHouse).

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From the website:

Would you like to play a game?

Mr Chuckles has got one that he’s made especially for you! It’s no ordinary game, Mr Chuckles doesn’t like ordinary games, his are designed to trick, torment and terrify you.

Once you enter his horrific fun house you’ll be at his mercy and only the bravest contestants will survive.

You have 90 minutes to open the exit door and leave after collecting as many golden tickets as you can find or win.  There are also other bonus items you can exchange for tickets at the end of your game to help you secure a place on the leader board.

Not only will you need to be brave, you’ll need to be lucky too, as you’re invited to play Mr Chuckles games of chance.  When you solve the final puzzle will you escape with your lives or stay longer to find more golden tickets?  Is that a gamble you’re willing to take?

For those unlucky enough to be trapped as the final seconds tick by, Mr Chuckles has one last surprise up his sleeve.  He needs to clear the fun house ready for his next players and the fastest way to do it is to flush the place out with an acid shower.

Death comes quickly to those that are left behind!

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The one other bit that appealed to me specifically…

  • Darkness, enclosed spaces, live actors & panic inducing scenarios are all part of this game.

So not only do we get to play a late night escape game, but with the fun noted above, this was going to be amazing.

However, I’m not going to comment on the escape itself. The live acting was damn impressive, each room was spot on, the risk/rewards for the golden tickets was done very well, and the variety of the games superb. What sets this room apart, for me, is twofold. The introduction, which I imagined was going to be good ( going off the previous 2 rooms), was absolutely exceptional ( no spoilers though so tough!!). Secondly, and this nearly made me forget the introduction, was that it was just bloody good fun. A lot of the time we seemed to spend was not escaping, but enjoying ourselves, and I’m going to assume that this is a huge part of the game itself.

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As for the result, we escaped with 60 golden tickets, as unfortunately, the games of chance did not fall our way ( and tbh, we missed a fair amount as well!)

A huge congratulations to Elaine, Mike and the team for yet again surpassing expectations and going above and beyond at every step of the journey.

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Cluefinders – Remy’s room

Slight change to the order of the room reviews now as I’m working my way down the room ranking order that I put up a couple of weeks ago. ( should make it easier to do these).

We visited ClueFinders back in May 2015 ( I am so far behind!!), and the review is obviously from then..

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We really didn’t know what to expect from ClueFinders, as we’d not heard anything about it before we went, apart from that we knew it was on an industrial estate, and the game was for anywhere between 3 and 10 players!! We arrived, as usual, way way too early to find the place empty… before long we were comfortably in and having a chat with one of the owners of Clue Finders. We tend not to say in advance how many games we’ve played, but sat through an informative and lively briefing. From the website:

Hey Ace! It’s the 1940’s and Top British Spy, Remy Blumenfield has disappeared under suspicious circumstances, and that’s bad news. The Cops are a pack of Whistl’n Dixie’s & the trails gone cold. Now some high class Dames offering you serious megabucks to find him before some wise guys do – or he’s done for. Can you wrack your brains and track him down in time?!

There is no physical restrictions within this game. The room itself is wide and there is plenty of space, an opportunity to sit down, and no strobe lighting or distressing sound effects. There will be music playing throughout the game, but at your request the game can be played without audio, if needs be.

At this point we found out that as soon as there are more than 6 players, the teams split in 2 identical games, with a surprise at the end…..

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Anyway, the game itself. There are a variety of environments to the rooms, all of which work, all of which have puzzles related to them, all leading to the end of the game. It flows exceptionally well from room to room, and it all builds up to tracking down Remy. There’s a good mixture of puzzles, as well as hidden objects, and one pretty damn good red herring ( which doesn’t detract from the game). We flew through the game and managed to smash the previous record, with approx 10 mins remaining, as well with 0 clues!!

They have a very good “after” escape room experience, somewhere to sit and chill for a few minutes, as well as the standard photo, it was rapidly printed and put into a scrapbook as seen below…

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which is a very nice touch! You can see from the comments throughout the book that they really do know what they are doing at Cluefinders! It’s highly recommended and jumps in at no 2 in my ranking list!

 

Room rankings… part 2

As promised, I finally got my rooms ranking sorted. However, it was a personal choice, and not that of all the addicts. The initial plan, which we are in the process of, is to provide a balanced view, so we will amalgamate each of our personal rankings into a combined one over the next few weeks.

Adam has decided on the following ranking:

1. Clue HQ Warrington – Dungeon of Doom
2. Escape Quest Macclesfield – Curious Encounters
3. Cluefinders Liverpool – Remy’s room
4. Escape Quest Macclesfield – Bad Clown ( 90 minute)
5. Extremescape Disley – Pirate Ship
6. Clue HQ Warrington – the Vault
7. Breakout Liverpool – Wanted -Indians
8. Escape Quest Macclesfield – Amazon Escape
9. Clue HQ Blackpool – Detonation
10. Countdown Escape Las Vegas – Atelephobia
11. Breakout Manchester – Madchester
12. St Helens Arts Service Pop-up Room – St Helens vs the Lizards
13. Great Escape Sheffield – Homicide
14. Clue HQ Blackpool – Quarantined
15. Locked in Games Leeds – Classroom of Doom
16. Locked in Games Leeds – Nursery Nightmares
17. Breakout Manchester – Sabotage
18. Crack the Code Sheffield – Cold War Room
19. Breakout Liverpool – Wanted – Cowboys
20. Exit Strategy Liverpool – Illuminati
21. Code2Exit Altrincham – Blueprint
22. Breakout Manchester – Classified
23. Great Escape Sheffield – Mad Scientist
24. Clue HQ Warrington –  Bunker 38
25. Escape Room Manchester – Room 13
26. Breakout Manchester – Facility
27. Breakout Manchester – John Monroe
28. Breakout Liverpool – Shipwrecked
29. Gamescape Liverpool – Golden Cage
30. Escape Room Manchester – Slaughterhouse
31. Tick Tock Unlock Liverpool – Blueprint
32. Breakout Manchester – Infiltrate
33. Breakout Manchester – Virus
34. Escape Room Manchester – Secret Lab