Clue HQ Birmingham: Captain Riddle’s Forgotten Fortune

By | March 20, 2019

by Clue HQ Birmingham (website)

Arches 20 & 21, Lionel Street, B3 1AG


2-6 players

60 minutes

Captain Riddle was one notorious pirate. Famous for pillaging from land and sea and holding his bounty within a hidden cove. The story has become legend over the years and no one is sure if the treasure even exists anymore. You and your scallywag crew have commandeered his old ship and are now sailing in search for the gold. Paranoid that others would attempt to follow in his footsteps, he locked everything up, and is said to have not written down the route to the loot. Riddle’s ship is protected, so you won’t have long after you set sail until the company come after you.
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Rated between 40 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 21 users
combined with 2 pro reviews

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lizratesrooms experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Time taken: 59 Outcome: Successful escape!
Ellie experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 2021-08-06 00:00:00 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

The set is gorgeous and surprising, and there is a good range of puzzles.

However, this game irritated me because, with a minor tweak, our experience would have been incredible. The final room is beautiful but very very very dark, so dark that we couldn't see the padlocks and had to resort to the lights on our watches. A few other minor gripes too, but this was the biggest issue for us.

Despite this, I would definitely recommend this game because we had a great time, but I would advise a light source unless you have been loading up on the carrots!

Siân O'Brien rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 02/02/2019 Team size: 5 Time taken: 54:57 Outcome: Successful escape!

I loved this. This has been my favourite so far (our of 6). There was a nice big surprise for us in this room, which I don't want to spoil here! There was one puzzle that annoyed me, as the maths involved ignored BODMAS, so I feel like it was dumbed down. I really like that this game has an option to escape, or stay to win treasure!! We stayed. We nearly got locked in because of it, but we did escape with the treasure! 

Brian experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
Aine Morgan rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
smudgepuss rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 01/06/2017 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!

I think this is my favourite game so far (ever).  The theming is very well done, and it's just really good fun.  The puzzles were the right amount of annoying!

Only minor quibble is that we did manage to irretrievably lose a component that meant we had to be given the solution to that puzzle, although I imagine they've addressed that since we did the room.

TheMushyPeas rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 17/09/20 Team size: 2 Time taken: 54.14 Outcome: Successful escape!

One of our favourite rooms so far! (played 14 rooms). Much better than Clue HQ's other offerings. Sturdy construction, outstanding theming and great story. Nothing particularly, individually challenging- just so much content to get through! Our only criticism was the lighting levels caused us issues at more than one point throughout the game - including the finale in which we had to have a clue (which we try to avoid) as to where the item(s) even was that had already been revealed as it was too dark for us to see.

Sean Nash rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 12 Mar 2018 Team size: 5 Time taken: 50mins Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivestory-drivenquite difficult

Fun pirate room with multiple rooms. Great scenery, scents and game flow. 

Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 22 May 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 56 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techimmersivegreat hostingquite difficult
Exotic Turtle experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 22/05/2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 56 Outcome: Successful escape!

My favourite from the Clue HQ franchise.

Free flowing, great story and immersive!

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Whispers on the grapevine (okay, mainly Facebook) suggested that with Captain Riddle, Clue HQ had upped their game and built something quite special, so it was a priority for our visit to Birmingham. Actually, it'd probably have been a priority anyhow - pirate themed games tend to be fun.
First impressions on entering the room were contradictory: the decor was lovely, but I was surprised by what a small space it was. Fortunately that's misleading, with the game turning out to be expansive enoug...


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