ClueQuest: Revenge of the Sheep review
|Mr Q discovered that the new technology used by the Professor poses a serious threat: by mutating the human genome, the SheepMutator can turn anyone who is in the range of its evil rays into a placid sheep! To make matters worse, the Professor has managed to set up several such devices in key locations around the planet – and one of them is right here, in London! Agents, you will have 60 minutes to locate and find a way to deactivate these devices before they go online and it’s too late for mankind!|
|Difficulty level not stated|
|£25-35 per person depending on team size and time of day|
|Kings Cross, London, UK|
|Played by Jenny, Paul and 1 other|
|Escaped with 10 minutes remaining|
Like all of ClueQuest’s games, you are hired as agents to help Mr Q stop the evil professor. The rooms are always decorated well, kept clean and the puzzles never show their age. We started in a really tiny room, which was quite tight in space even as a team of three. There wasn’t much in this area and the theming was quite sparse, but soon enough we are in the main room which is well themed. There were lots of cool objects and I found the way they used the props as part of the puzzle play really cool and unique.
The main element of this game was to stop the professor from using his evil devices and the way you build up the setting through the challenges was rather epic. This may not be as high-tech as some other rooms out there, but the simple but effective designs really work with ClueQuest. In particular, I really liked the last challenge.
ClueQuest are known for theming their rooms well and Revenge of the Sheep is no different. The street scene they have constructed is a quality build that is both professional and fun. There’s a retro post box, fire hydrant, street signs, road markings and more. The initial ‘indoor’ space that you start from is pretty small, but this is resolved once you work out how to open the garage door and get ‘outside’. I really liked the props that held secrets which we had to discover. Despite being around for a while, this room was well kept and looked like new.
In the small first room, the challenge was so hard to solve. We really struggled finding anything to do, but with a few prompts from our host, we finally made it into the main room. What was great in the bigger room was there were so many games to work on, meaning there was something for everyone to do. There was also a nice mix of challenges and thankfully not too many padlocks! Just be careful to look everywhere in this room, as there’s some interesting hiding spots! This was one of their harder rooms, and it was clear to see why. For a newbie it may be better to start with one of ClueQuest’s other games.
There’s a good variety of games with a nice mix of searching for items, hands-on tasks and logic puzzles. You’ll need to check every nook and cranny here otherwise you will miss something important. I found one of the puzzles in the ‘indoor’ section quite confusing. It wasn’t clear what needed to be done and we ended up having to seek help more than once from our host. The puzzles were a lot better in the main ‘outdoor’ space though. I particularly liked the ending tasks which were inventive and clever.
As mentioned above, we really struggled at the beginning which did frustrate us quite a bit. But once we were off and running, the gameplay went well and we worked together as a team solving the puzzles. We also found ourselves laughing a lot on how bad we were at looking for things. The last challenge was great and I liked how it all came together to stop the professor.
I wasn’t particularly enamoured with the first space, but that was only a small part of the game and it got a lot better once we reached the outside area. It was a fun setting with a lot for the eyes to feast on. The centrepiece props were really cool and the discoveries at the end meant the game finished on a high. Revenge of the Sheep is not really suited for novices, unless they are up for a challenge.
The prices are on par with most rooms in London. The good thing with ClueQuest is that you can be sure you’ll get a well themed room with puzzles that are a little challenging. Our host was really friendly and helped add to our enjoyment and value of the experience.
ClueQuest charge £30 per person for a team of 3 or more during peak time, or £25 off-peak. For a central London location, this sort of price is to be expected. For your money, you get to spend up to an hour in a well themed and well designed escape room from a highly respected company in the industry. There are some really good puzzles and props, coupled with some unique ideas.
Theming - 8.5/10
Puzzles - 7.5/10
Enjoyment - 7/10
Value - 7/10