ClueTrace – could it be a special service for when you’re in an escape room and you *know* you’ve found something that should help with a puzzle but you can’t for the life of you remember *where* you put it? Well, unsurprisingly no, but this escape room enthusiast can but dream.
ClueTrace is, of course, a new escape room venue. More specifically, an escape room that opened in London just a couple of weeks ago with a single room, Mind Crime. There may be only one room but it’s particularly interesting for two reasons. Firstly the room has been imported from Budapest. That’s by no means a guarantee of quality but at the very least it means it’s unlikely to be a total failure – Budapest has enough escape rooms that a sub-standard one wouldn’t last long. It also means that it’s likely to have been play tested reasonably well and while a new population means additional tweaks will likely be needed, those are likely to be much smaller than for a brand new game.
The other interesting thing about this game is that it’s quite a departure from the usual stories you find in rooms. As the name Mind Crime hints, you’re tasked with perpetrating a crime inside someone’s mind. According to the website, your team becomes a part of our special group of thieves, who intrude into the minds of wealthy people to get access to their passwords and their fat bank accounts. You’ll step into the mind of a person to search among their memories to find the secret code that makes you rich.
The game is suitable for 2-5 people and costs £65-108 per team, depending on numbers. Note that there’s an opening discount offer listed here.
So, if you’ve always wanted to be a psychologist but don’t fancy the multi-year process to qualify, now’s your chance to step inside someone’s mind and see if you can work out what’s going on.