Clue HQ Manchester: Detonation

By | March 20, 2019

by Clue HQ Manchester (website)

4 Sheffield Street, M1 2ND


2-6 players

60 minutes

You and the rest of your detective team have been on the case of Danny Badd. Badd has been wanted for 7 years and is a known criminal all over Europe. He’s wanted by many different countries for various crimes. After 1 year of gathering information, 24 hour surveillance, and even capturing Badd’s brother, you’ve finally got the best lead that any intelligence unit has ever received with regards to his location. You’re going in, but not without a plan. Badd is notorious for blowing up anyone who attempts to track him down. Watch your step.
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 35 out of 5

based on ratings from 7 users
combined with 7 pro reviews

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Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 27/05/2019 Team size: 5 Time taken: 50:17 Outcome: Successful escape!

Chasing Crooks

Another escape with family, and my mother's first, though she was only in it for the photo at the end!


Having received intel on notorious criminal Danny Badd's current location, try to catch him...but don't get blown up. 'Danny Badd' seems to be a recurring character throughout Clue HQ's games.


Easy-peasy, though there was one physical challenge that was practically impossible. I was applying a lot of knowledge from my past escapes, and so none of the puzzles here felt all that original. A hint was needed for the final challenge, but it was a 'blink and you miss it' kind of moment.


I'm not sure where we were actually supposed to be. 'Rooms with puzzles in' is accurate, so don't expect to be transported to a criminal mastermind's hideout.

Final Comments

Nothing to write home about. An ideal room for newbies.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 9 Aug 2015 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
Sam Carr experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 04/12/15
Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 2018 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

I believe every companies have their very own different style of escape room and Clue HQ has very distinctive atmosphere and type of clues, either you are in Warrington or in Liverpool. We escaped Detonation in July 2018 with a crew of 4 members and we had a lot of fun. The ending is suprising and effective but I regretted that the host helped us maybe a bit too much specifically on the very last clue. The room itself is quite small so I would not recommend it for more that 4 people, but quite enjoyable really!

🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 2020-02-08 00:00:00 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Typical Clue HQ padlock fest but a fun well flowing room as you try and escape Danny Badd's trap, lot of fun and almost ideal for beginners.
Jose Adrian experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: Team size: 2 Time taken: Outcome: Successful escape!

Reviews by escape room review sites

Many of Clue HQ's games share a recurring villain by the name of Danny Badd, and Detonation's premise is straightforward: you're trapped in a building that this scoundrel has rigged to blow up. Fortunately, he's a villain with a sense of sportsmanship, and has given you an hour to get out before the bomb goes off.
If the modern setting makes Detonation sound more dull than some of Clue HQ's other games, that's misleading: smoke and flashing lights amp up the drama, and of course there's little ...
Outside the room So, we'd just come out of Bunker 38 with plenty of time to spare and were chomping at the bit to try Clue HQ Brentwood‘s other room. First though, they had to reset them, so the nine of us were sat in the waiting area without much to do (we couldn't even talk about
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A room that won’t blow you away (no pun intended) and is very padlock heavy, but if your observational skills are on point then you’ll likely have a good time.
We were soon on our way and as with all Clue HQ games, there was a variety of mental, physical and observational puzzles and plenty to keep us all busy. There were some things that we had not seen before and a couple of custom made objects which were a nice touch.

Not the most elegant of rooms you'll play, but looks OK, some good puzzles, but also some bits which were easily overlooked, the first half of the room definitely looked more impressive than the second half, user error with a pretty ancient tv/dvd player meant that one code couldn't be learned in the desired way. A quirky game that felt a bit dated now and could do with a revamp. 

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