Now open in Norwich: History Mystery

History Mystery logoNorwich joins the ranks of cities with two exit games today. This one is in the Norwich Guildhall, which is “the country’s largest surviving medieval civic building outside London, dating back to 1407 and overlooking the 900-year-old market in the heart of the city“. Clearly if you like your games within classy, classical buildings then with Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings hosting them, Norwich is the place to be.

History Mystery launched today with an hour-long game, Archived Alive, for a team of two to six. Games are offered daily at the start of even-numbered hours from 10am onwards; the last game daily starts at 6pm, though Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays see additional games starting at 8pm and 10pm. The price, quoted including V.A.T., is £50 for a team of two plus £10 for each extra player, so the full complement of six costs £90 all told.

The City Historian loves to gaze out of his office window overlooking Norwich’s 900-year-old marketplace while he contemplates what life has been like in the city over so many years. But today there is no face at the window and the historian hasn’t been seen for days, trapped as he is in a secure archive vault. He ate the last fluff-covered boiled sweet from his pocket hours ago and his cup of tea didn’t last beyond the first day!

Crammed full of clues and curios, stories and surprises, the City Historian’s office contains clues to unlock the vault, and only you can save him before he becomes part of history himself.

The site has also announced a second game to be opened around Easter, played within real gaol cells. Authentic, and always a treat to play a game with real local flavour!

Coming soon to Norwich: Cryptic Escape

Cryptic Escape logoEast Anglia’s first stationary exit game arrives imminently; Cryptic Escape, of Norwich, is now open for bookings from tomorrow, Friday 10th July. This site has been in touch with the man behind the new game for some time and really looking forward to its launch. The location is tremendous: go to Norwich Cathedral’s main entrance, turn around and you’ll see a white building with an external wooden frame, thought to be almost half a millennium old. (Jailbreak! at Oxford Castle sputters at the newcomer.) Augustine Steward House, where a Tudor merchant who was the city’s mayor three times once lived, hosts Cryptic Escape, along with a number of other businesses.

The site is launching with one game, though two more are promised to be added soon. The first game is a very popular Mazebase classic, The Laboratory of Dr. Lev Pasted; it’s also available at Puzzlair in Bristol, but that’s a good couple of hundred miles away. This is the secret hideout and laboratory of the mysterious Romanian geneticist and biologist Dr. Lev Pasted. In his late years he focused his experiments on some kind of blood elixir. The formula is gone, so has the doctor. Some say, that the secret blood serum is still inside the lab hidden somewhere. It’s a 60-minute game for teams of two to five.

In the near future, the site will shortly add The Treasure of Green Beard, in which The players have 60 minutes to find the hidden treasures of the famous pirate Captain Green Beard. The treasure is well hidden in his old hideaway, where he lived while he wasn’t sailing and robbing around the Caribbean seas. A little further down the line, you may be able to get to know The Steampunk Explorer, the tale of The famous explorer Thelonius Winter, who travelled from Victorian time, into the future to retrieve a mystical and powerful relic, then returned back to the past. More news when they become available.

The site charges £40 for a team of two and £10 for each extra player, so teams of five are charged just £70. The site’s promotional video is rather fun, too!