Review of “Clue”
at Next Level in Hamilton
“Last week Mr. Boddy hosted a dinner party with 6 people, who have now become our only possible suspects. The detectives have narrowed down the weapons that could have been used to 6 and they know the murder took place in the mansion in one of the 9 rooms. At this point, the detectives are stumped and are looking for any kind of help from the public to solve this case.”
One of my personal favourite rooms (Graveyard) is at this location as is The Thompsons which was a great environment, but I didn’t enjoy the puzzles as much. I was hopeful and cautiously optimistic about this experience and I have to say I was quite happy in the end.
This room contains several unique spaces that each have their own visual and audible themes – much like on the Clue board game. Moving from one area to another is very fluid and logical and you have the sense of moving through a house to solve the riddle.
As you move about details about who it wasn’t, where it wasn’t, and what murder weapon it wasn’t, are revealed and you can eliminate each until you have found the guilty trio. The cards you find, however, are a little out of place and I think perhaps it could be tweaked to be more natural, but all in all, not bad.
The puzzles are mostly logical although we did find a couple that lacked meaningful narrative – a couple of descriptive cards near some of the tools would help tie in the story to the puzzles.
Unfortunately, the staff member was the most overzealous we’d seen and would give us hints to puzzles as we approached them despite us saying repeatedly that we definitely didn’t want any help. We were assured later that this staff member was going to be given additional training and that they were new. Nevertheless, we had to factor this into our score to some extent. We were generally pleased with the staff in the past and are reasonably confident that this won’t be an issue on your visit.
This wasn’t a very difficult room – a solid medium – and has lots to do and lots of room for a party of 4 to 6 people.