Clue HQ Wirral: A-I-9

By | March 20, 2019

by Clue HQ Wirral (website)

50-54 Market Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 5BS


2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Six months after the great inventor Professor Tepet’s death – M.I.6. gained access to the lab where he kept all of his greatest inventions. Among the files, they found an abandoned document called A-I-9 detailing an artificial intelligence peacekeeping program. Scientists finally managed to recreate the program, rolling it out across the nation. A type of robot (called ‘9bots’) where integrated into society. The NHS could diagnose patients before symptoms appeared while the army neutralised threats before they happened, the country thrived, for a time. 24 hours ago an anomaly appeared in the code shutting down internet and telecommunications worldwide and soon after chaos ensued. A-I-9 is corrupting the system from the inside. This was meant to be impossible. The only way to stop it is to destroy it before it can destroy us – can you get past their self-protection systems?
“The end of the world was always going to be man-made. The only question was how?” – Professor Errol Tepet
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EscapeCarrtists rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 8 Feb 2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:26
hi-techstory-drivenintensequite difficult
Love this room, it will stay at the top as one of the favourites we have played. For a 1 roomed game where you are there are no hidden doors to move you into another room to escape, it is well thought out. Plenty of puzzles to keep you busy, gets your brain thinking and the room really flows well. Would really recommend this room to anyone playing at Clue HQ, you wont be disappointed. 
MerseyMarauders expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingillogical
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 2019 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
matt_keds expert rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Played: 24 Feb 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 54 Outcome: Successful escape!


I don’t normally like to criticise a room without giving it a few decent points, but this was not a good experience. Easily in the bottom 5 of 40+ rooms we have completed. Some of the puzzles were infuriating and boring, the host even came in at one point (something I’m not a fan of unless asked first), because our logicaL solution to a puzzle was wrong, yet the real solution was so convoluted. A  shame as it’s our first trip to Clue HQ, I wouldn’t bother with this one.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 16 Dec 2018 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
Brit Of An Escape Habit blogger rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5

A typical ClueHQ game, with plenty of variety in the puzzles, good set and enjoyable game play.

Jess_keds expert rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Outcome: Successful escape!
poor hostingplainunoriginal
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 11/12/2022 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingbroken tech

First off I played this game at Clue HQ in Birmingham and that was a decent experience.  I played this renamed game as we were mean't to play Quarantine (now called "Ostracize") but it wasn't working correctly (this was our second attempt to play) so we were offered this room and the two people I was with hadn't played it before.  It didn't go well.  This branch of Clue HQ has recently been taken over by Break Free and it feels like we're still in a changeover period.  Two puzzles were broken and taken out of the game, one was quite broken but in play (I spotted how it was broken and was able to solve it but apparently I was the first person).  A year ago we played the "Vault" and I think I said then the room felt quite tired and in desperate need of a refresh.  This room is worse than that and is desperately in need of some TLC, it's a shame as there are some clever puzzles here (as I saw when I played the Birmingham version).  I never like writing bad reviews, the GM did her very best and was great throughout and nothing was her fault but it's hard to recommend this room in this state at this time.

Siân O'Brien experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 16/09/2018 Team size: 4 Time taken: 43:50 Outcome: Successful escape!

My first escape room. It was awesome. We did however manage to accidentally circumvent a puzzle. We didn't know, as it was our first Escape Room, but I don't feel like that should have been possible. Hopefully that will have been fixed by now, but because of it, I can't give a 5 star rating. 

Aine Morgan rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
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I'm a sucker for most sci-fi themes, so with a choice of games for a morning slot at Clue HQ's Birmingham branch I went straight for A-I-9's story of battling a rogue artificial intelligence. Also, the alternatives were their Cell Block C and Bunker 38 rooms which have been franchised to a wider number of locations across the UK, so it made sense to go for the harder-to-find game.

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