The Vault was the last game we played during our evening at ClueHQ Warrington. Again hosted by the wonderful Jack (Agent Buble), he told us that the main objective in this room was to collect as many poker chips as possible, whilst also trying to escape. If you figure out how to escape before your time is up, you’re allowed to carry on playing to try and find more chips – but you, your team, and your swag bag of chips must all be outside the room when the timer finishes!

From the website:

“You and your friends recently visited a casino owned by The National Bank of Money. Accusations have been made that their machines are fixed to give the house a higher advantage. They stole your money, and you’re going to get it back!

All of the casino’s chips are stored in the vault at The National Bank of Money. Your heist appears to be going smoothly until the security system comes back on! You’ve got 60 minutes to grab as much cash (in casino chips) as you can and escape!”

So we had our brief – 60 minutes, 100 chips worth a total of £10,000,000. Time to go!

This room was brilliantly themed – I often thing there’s not a great deal you can do with “heist” or “bank robbery” themed rooms – it’s an office, an atrium, a bank vault etc… However the theme in this room was well thought out and as you would expect for this sort of room. Having previously played other games where your primary objective is also to collect chips, and being disappointed; The Vault proved to be a worthwhile and exciting game.

The puzzles again in here are varied with a mixture of different styles – something for everyone. One small hitch meant that we’d found a clue that should have been locked up elsewhere, however once Agent Buble realised, he asked us to ignore the clue for the time being and come back to it later; which we of course did!

We’d solved the escape puzzle after around 40 minutes, which then meant we had 20 minutes of pure chip-hunting to try and gather the rest of the swag!

In order to ever reach the £10,000,000 total in this room, you’ll first need to do some online research into the room, which can be found on ClueHQ’s website.

We managed to escape with £7,500,000 in chips – having missed out on ONE puzzle which would have given us the remaining £2,500,000 (which wasn’t at all frustrating, honestly!)

We all agreed afterwards that we really enjoyed the room, and it has definitely sparked our interest in rooms where escaping is not necessarily the primary objective!

Well worth a visit, and I think teams of 3-4 would suit this room best; along with also playing other ClueHQ rooms during your visit. We managed 3 comfortably in an evening without our brains turning to mulch!

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