Cluequest: Print + Cut + Escape

By | March 31, 2020

by ClueQuest (website)

169-171 Caledonian Road, N1 0SL

Central London


Agent Lisa Hammersmith has discovered Professor Blacksheep’s evil plan. For some time now, the despicable sheep has secretly been kidnapping top scientists, and forcing them to join his attempts at world domination. Agent Hammersmith has been captured, but in one final act of courage she was able to transfer her files to HQ before being taken prisoner. Your mission is to decode Agent Hammersmith’s secret messages, to find and free her. Together you can stop Professor Blacksheep in his tracks, and bring our top scientists home.
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 5 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

Player reviews

Juliette B expert says:

Solid experience but a little on the easy side.  Some good ideas with puzzles but felt Part 2 (which we played first, and which did give us a substantial clue as to one of the answers so  would not recommend doing this) was much stronger in terms of puzzle quality and game experience. Again too much cutting (some of which having played it was avoidable!). Having enjoyed Part 2 as much as we did though, I would definitely play future at home experiences, and I do like the physicality of assembling the puzzles IRL rather than on a computer.  

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
stairs experienced says:

We've enjoyed playing clueQuest's real-life games in London - they're full of cartoonish fun, with a rich set of characters and high-quality puzzles offering interesting interactions. So we had high expectations for this game. Unfortunately, it becomes apparerent that cQ's experience does not lie in creating paper-based games, and this adaptation feels awkward.

Firstly, there's the preparation: it took me, no exaggeration, 40 minutes to cut out all the pieces before starting to play the game. While the game itself took us only one hour to complete. Some of that cutting out is not strictly necessary (I'm sure most players would be fine with looking at a printout of a photo on a full A4 sheet without it needing to be cut to 6"x4" size, for example), and whoever does the cutting out gets some pretty big spoilers (if not the actual solution) of the puzzles while doing so.

The printed artwork and accompanying web videos are high-quality, but somehow fail to capture the fun of the cQ franchise. 

And the puzzles are solid enough but, in all honesty, I've seen better executed elsewhere.

For the next game in the series, I'm hoping cQ learn from experience of others more practiced in creating puzzles for printed media - D.A.S.H. or Puzzled Pint, say - as I'd love to bring Professor Blacksheep and chums into my home once more.

Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Anonymous says:

Spent an equal amount of time cutting out the puzzles as we did solving them!

Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
egnor expert says:
Reasonably well designed game that includes the classic ClueQuest aesthetic, but the puzzles are fairly ordinary.
Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5

Reviews by escape room review sites

An upfront warning for this game: clueQuest's title 'Print + Cut + Escape' is accurate in all its parts. Before the Escape and after the Print, there is a great deal of Cut - you need to go through the game's pages and cut out a great many components to prepare for play. You won't spend as long cutting as escaping, but you should set aside half an hour at the very least for the preparation.
Both the printing (24 pages, greyscale but with plenty of images) and the cutting are pretty essential to...
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