Clue HQ Manchester: CSI: The Panic Room

By | March 20, 2019

by Clue HQ Manchester (website)

4 Sheffield Street, M1 2ND

Manchester

2-6 players

60 minutes

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This morning, a wealthy businessman was shot dead while inside his personal Panic Room. Local authorities are stumped and you have been drafted in as a member of the Criminal Liaison Unit (C.L.U.) to investigate the scene of the crime.
Armed only with your evidence kit, the crime scene and a database of over 500 potential suspects– it’s up to you to solve the case before the murderer gets away. Can you stop their escape in less than 60 minutes?
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 7 users
combined with 2 pro reviews

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Player reviews

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 13 Jan 2018 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 06/08/17
Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 30/07/2019 Team size: 6 Time taken: 42:38 Outcome: Successful escape!

No Need to Panic...

My second visit to Clue HQ as they did a good value '6 play for £60' offer.

Story

Find out who managed to kill a wealthy businessman inside his personal Panic Room.

Puzzles

They were very discernible; it was easy to see what you had to do and when. Although there were one or two difficult physical puzzles, it would have been too easy without them. Most involved a fair bit of working out, but as a team of six, this was no problem, especially as we could split up.

Mise-en-scène

Not great. It was techy-looking and appeared very similar to Detonation, just with different props/equipment in there. Although the victim is described as a businessmen, the 'body' looked like a young chavvy teenager (I'm sure he was wearing trainers).

Final Comments

It wasn't a particularly exciting escape experience. A team of six was too big- take about four people.

flyingoctopus expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

One of the better rooms at this location. 

WinglessArchangel experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 17 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 49 mins 25 Outcome: Successful escape!
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We spent an exciting hour here on a lovely bright Monday morning ably assisted by the very cheery and helpful Bethany. As we usually play in a larger group, and this is billed as Clue HQ Harrogate’s most difficult room, I was a bit anxious that we wouldn’t get out in time, and there certainly was a lot to do! But fortunately with a few prods in the right direction nothing stumped us for very long and in the end we got out with time to spare! A really well designed room with lots of cool tech, some puzzles obvious and familiar, some less so, and a huge variety of types of task. Even though it was one enclosed room, the theme made this work perfectly, and the sense of tension heightened with each passing minute in a very authentic-feeling way. We particularly enjoyed the big set-piece series of puzzles which we solved towards the latter half of our time in the room as these felt really tactile and realistic. Not too many padlocks here, and every one felt like it fitted in the environment (the Panic Room of a paranoid businessman). The clueing system and the countdown timer also fit perfectly with the theming, and this screen was used throughout to great effect. My one little niggle was that the final major puzzle was a bit clunky, and we solved it more by luck and our own deductive reasoning than in the way that I think it was meant to function. Nevertheless, this was a thoroughly enjoyable room which really immersed us in the action from beginning to end, and I can heartily recommend it.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 8/3/2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 39:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 2020-02-08 00:00:00 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed 🙁
The story of Danny Badd continues but this time you are trying to find identity of a murderer.  This is probably the most tech-filled room I've done at ClueHQ, there's a lot to do but there's also a lot of red herrings to sift out.  We ran out of time as there was too much to do in the latter stage, if we'd had one more person I think we'd have won.

Reviews by escape room review sites

An impressive looking game that showed Clue HQ are more than just a bunch of padlocks in a room. A few too many rough edges left me feeling disappointed but excited for what they might produce in the future.
CSI is Clue HQ Harrogate’s latest offering and although the format is available in other Clue HQ venues, this space looked like a labour of love 

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