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The Mystery of the Star-Eaters

The game is on! Lincoln invites gamers to take to the streets for a live adventure game: 'The Mystery of the Star-Eaters'.

Date: 1st Mar '17

Detective Inspector Ranney needs YOU!

On Saturday 8th April ingenious game makers, Casefile, will be joining forces with Lincoln BIG to create a truly immersive gaming experience for would-be detectives and adventurers. Employing Lincoln’s streets as a literally life-size game board, Casefile: The Mystery of the Star-Eaters, invites players to take on the role of ‘consulting detective’ in a spine-tingling thriller that will test their wits to the very limits. This is gaming on a grand scale.

Following clues, questioning witnesses and solving puzzles, amateur sleuths will be taken on a journey of discovery around Lincoln’s landmarks, as well as usually off-limits locations, 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 be running continuously throughout the day so players can stop and start whenever they choose, even taking time out for lunch and shopping! And with free entry for the under 12s and a dedicated children’s mini-mystery game running concurrently, Casefile: The Mystery of the Star-Eaters makes for a day of unique entertainment for all of the family.

‘The aim was to genuinely replicate the feel of a real investigation,’ says Stephen, ‘and the best way to do that was to make the most of real locations. Working with a number of businesses throughout the town/city 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, Casefile: The Mystery of the Star-Eaters, which has featured on both BBC radio and in Visit England’s influential blog, will be transforming towns and cities up and down the country, landing in Lincoln on 8th April.

Lincoln BIG Events and Marketing Assistant, Michael Armstrong added: “Finding fun and different ways to spend the day with friends and family can be a challenge. Casefile: The Mystery of the Star-Eaters makes a real change from mooching around the shops or sitting in the cinema, although there’s nothing to stop you from taking a break from sleuthing and enjoying the local amenities too.

‘I can’t wait to see Lincoln transformed into a life-sized “whodunit”, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for local actors and volunteers to get involved.’

Free Wi-Fi will be available throughout Lincoln on the day of the event, allowing players to crack clues, unravel a web of intrigue, unearth ancient treasure and reveal the truth behind a thousand-year-old legend.

The game. Is. On.

Tickets cost £12 each (accompanied under 12’s free). 

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