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A self-confessed perfectionist, Eszter has an eye for detail and a keen interest in people. As a result, her impact on the company in the past 18 months is visible in anything from staff morale to the imminent launch of the clueQuest Assessment Programme (CAP). We caught up with her to discuss her balancing of multiple roles, from our head of HR to the leading force behind CAP, as well as the rewards of laying out our core company values.
Four months have now passed since the release of Ubisoft Blue Byte’s Beyond Medusa’s Gate, their second virtual reality escape room set in the world of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Along with its predecessor, Escape the Lost Pyramid, it has been available to play at clueQuest ever since. But is it the way of the future, or simply a gimmick? That’s the very question we’ve been posing ourselves, so without further ado, here’s all you need to know.
With almost a year under her belt, Hannah’s love of stories is what keeps her enamored with Mr Q’s super-secret spy training facility. Being surrounded by fellow actors, comedians and performers is not something she takes for granted. Rather, she considers her colleagues friends for life. Never one to break character, she modestly chalks her newfound adaptability down to Mr Q, but it’s clear that it’s the result of hours of commitment. Our conversation ranged from her initial thoughts upon arrival at clueQuest to her most hilarious customer anecdote.
Between his everlasting influence on ethics, art, poetry, politics, and pretty much everything in-between, Plato’s name probably comes up in conversation more often than anyone is bothering to keep track of anymore. But if there’s one topic on which I never expected Plato to have weighed in, it’s the advantages of escape rooms from a team-building standpoint.
For Sahin, working at clueQuest has opened his eyes to a world beyond that of just the company, but of high-octane escape missions across the nation. He’s managed to average more than one mission a month - at clueQuest and elsewhere - since joining us, and the practice is clearly paying off. Not only have his initial nerves completely subsided; he also proudly holds the honour of being this year’s Easter Egg Hunt champion.
It’s been over a month since the LCCI PA club showcase, and as proud members of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, we sent two of clueQuest’s sharpest agents on a mission to inspire fellow business owners and employees to enhance their workforce’s productivity by paying Mr Q a visit, and learning about themselves and their company in the process. Below you can find a selection of photos from the day, as well as a link to the video.
A trusted member of the team for coming up on four years now, Jemina has recently moved into a different position within the company. It would be to the dismay of many customers if she disappeared from view totally though, so she’s currently splitting her time between FOH and BOH duties. Our chat was full of insights into when the atmosphere’s at its best, how she’s learnt to cope with nerves, and how she’s feeling about her new role.
Wondering who to bring along for the greatest chance of escaping? A former games host has compiled their perfect (fantasy) quartet, complete with the reasons why. Find the closest comparisons in your life and you should be fine…
With so much talk around the rooms themselves, it can be easy to forget about another of the main aspects of the customer experience at clueQuest: Customer service. Far’s the man who makes sure that our standards stay as high as they are, and we’re pleased to say that our reviews seem to attest to his success. Far can often be seen quite literally wearing his love for secret agents on his chest, in the form of an Alias and Mission: Impossible T-Shirt, so it’s no surprise that he’s all about the clueQuest theme.
We love a school trip here at clueQuest. After all, there’s nothing more life-affirming than seeing people, young or old, bettering themselves with education. Mr Q certainly likes to see it too. The way he sees it, more sharp minds out there makes for a wider pool of potential agents to recruit. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to streamline the process for teachers and school administrators, with changes to both our website and pricing. Below is everything you need to know.
Shhh… Hear that? That’s the sound of Mr Q quietly sobbing. He hasn’t stopped ever since he had to wave goodbye to the greatest group of agents clueQuest has seen in years: Arsenal’s Junior Gunners. Last month, a total of 60 of their members - adults and kids alike - recently won the chance to test their wits against our arch nemesis Professor Blacksheep as part of their Family Members’ Event. Watch the video here.
MoMath, Jack london Park, and now clueQuest. These are the latest venues to receive the prestigious Editor’s Choice Award from DatingNews.com; an online news outlet created specifically to help daters improve their love lives in interesting and unique ways.
Jonnie joined us fresh from the stage, having recently finished a period of appearing in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock. An actor by trade, he fell in love with clueQuest when he first came to play as a customer. These days it’s not just the flexibility of the job that’s appealing, but also that feeling of passing on an experience which he found to be so personal and rewarding. Like all our agents, Jonnie’s a busy man, but he was kind enough to oblige me to the following chat.
The wait is almost over, VR fans. Beyond Medusa’s Gate, the new VR escape game developed by industry leaders Ubisoft Blue Byte and set inside the world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is just days away! Here’s what we know so far...
“Eleven days from now, Red Bull, the energy drink more commonly associated with extreme sports, will stage the Escape Room world championships in Shoreditch, London”, wrote Simon Usborne in The Guardian on the 1st of April 2019. Get me out of here! Why escape rooms have become a global craze is, at its centre, a close look at the escape room industry in the UK. Beyond that though, the article is a witty, wryly told journey through one of England’s best rooms - our very own cQ:Origenes.
Angelic Diamonds are a jewellery retailer who stock a wide range of engagement rings. So it’s no surprise then that they know a thing or two about popping the question. Having previously compiled lists of where best to do so in Newcastle and Liverpool, it was only a matter of time until they reached London, where they decided to place clueQuest at the very top. Having witnessed many a proposal in our facility, we’re obviously thrilled. So without further ado, here is the all-important list:
Rowen is one of our most highly decorated agents. There’s not a mission she’s not qualified to run, and if the reviews are anything to go by (and let’s face it, of course they are!), she runs them exceptionally well. Her name comes up in 5-star review after 5-star review, so we joined her for a chat to find out what it is that drives her to deliver such unwavering customer service. Is it her background as an actor at The London Dungeon, her love of the spy genre, or her friendship with each and every member of staff? Well, as it turns out, it’s probably a perfect mix of all three...
It’s old news by now - escape rooms are great. Ask anyone who’s been to play one, and even those who started off cynical will spring up from their seats. “You know what?”, they’ll say, “It was actually really good!”, like it’s some miracle that an immersive puzzle game experience is anything but thrilling. But those thrills do come at a price - even we can admit that.
What if we told you, though, that you can play one of our rooms absolutely free of charge?
Stay at home gomes are all the rage at the moment, check out our Print @ home game, Print+Cut+Escape! or keep reading for tips and tricks how to create your very own. Escape rooms are challenging and can be a great deal of fun for children and adults alike. While there are escape room businesses popping up in every populated area, you can always make your own too. Here are some tips and tricks to take into consideration to build your own escape room for fun.
One of Mr Q’s newest recruits, Jon has already made a positive impact to the clueQuest atmosphere. His theatre background comes through in his professional yet instantly comforting way with customers. He claims to make a cracking cup of tea, so we called his bluff and asked him a few questions about life at clueQuest while they brewed.