Altrincham town centre to be transformed into unique live adventure game
A demanding boss, enough unsolved cases to fill an aircraft hangar, and now one of Altrincham’s leading professors has gone missing. Detective Inspector Ranney is not having a good day…
Do you feel like testing your powers of deduction? Fancy pitting your wits against Altrincham’s most ancient criminal fraternity? Could you solve a centuries old mystery and save the professor into the bargain? Detective Inspector Ranney needs YOU!
This September Altrincham Unlimited will present a truly immersive gaming experience for would-be detectives and adventurers, with Altrincham’s streets employed as a literally life-size game board for a one-off event; The Mystery of the Star-Eaters. Described as a cross between Pokemon Go and Cluedo, this grand-scale game will invite players to take on the role of ‘consulting detective’ in a thrilling challenge that will test their wits to the very limits.
Altrincham Town Centre Game Details
Players will be asked to follow clues, question witnesses and solve puzzles, with the amateur sleuths taken on a journey of discovery around Altrincham’s landmarks as they investigate a mystery that would test even the great Mr Holmes.
Devised by graphic designer, Stephen Blackwell, the game is best enjoyed when played in teams of 2-6. While the main investigation takes approximately 2-3 hours, the event will run continuously throughout the day so players can stop and start whenever they choose, leaving plenty of time for lunch and shopping. And with free entry for the under 12s and a dedicated children’s mini-mystery game running concurrently, The Mystery of the Star-Eaters makes for a day of unique entertainment for all the family.
Stephen Blackwell says:
“The idea was to genuinely replicate the feel of a real investigation, and the best way to do that was to make the most of real locations. Working with a number of businesses throughout the town centre, we’ve been able to create an excitingly immersive experience for our players.
“Last year’s launch of Pokemon Go showed that there is a real appetite among gamers for more than just staring at a computer screen; The Mystery of the Star-Eaters gets players using their body and brain in equal measures, and having a lot of fun along the way.”
Touring nationally, The Mystery of the Star-Eaters, which has been featured by BBC Radio, the Metro and in VisitEngland’s influential blog, are transforming towns and cities up and down the country, and will land in Altrincham on Saturday 9th September.
Katie Bland, Altrincham Unlimited BID Manager commented,
“The Mystery of the Star-Eaters is a unique event which will give visitors a fun and memorable way to explore and enjoy the town centre, and after its success elsewhere in the UK we’re delighted to be bringing it to Altrincham.
“We can’t wait to see Altrincham transformed into a life-sized “whodunit”, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for local businesses, actors and volunteers to get involved.”
Adult tickets cost just £10 with the offer code AUBID2OFF and accompanied under 12 year-olds are free.
To buy an advance ticket visit: www.bit.do/casefilealtrincham
The game starts in the centre of the town and runs from 10am with the final detectives going out at 12pm.
Full details will be given at the time of booking.
It takes 2-3 hours to complete and a maximum of 500 adult players to avoid crowding. The game is not ‘linear’ so the players will visit locations in a random order, avoiding congestion.
There is no time limit, although the final location closes at 4pm and players are encouraged to spend the day, grab a coffee or lunch and explore the centre. Casebook Events have now successfully run the game in seven locations and a new adventure is being developed for 2017.
Images featured are from the recent Casebook Events adventure games in Basingstoke and Norwich.