GAME on! The streets of Rugby will become a life-size board game for would-be detectives and adventurers on Saturday (March 18).
Casefile: The Mystery of the Star-Eaters is billed as an immersive gaming experience where players take on the role of detective, following clues, questioning witnesses and solving puzzles around Rugby’s landmarks and otherwise off-limits locations to solve a centuries-old mystery.
Game designer Stephen Blackwell said the aim was to replicate the feel of a real investigation.
He added: “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.”
Neill Wilcock, Director of Shadow Games, who will be supporting and hosting the event, said: “It will be great to see Rugby come alive with families and teams of super sleuths cracking clues to solve the mystery. I’m looking forward to taking part in the adventure trail.”
Rugby First Managing Director Aftab Gaffar said: “I can’t wait to see Rugby transformed into a life-sized whodunit, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for local actors and volunteers to get involved.
“It 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.”
The game, created by game-makers Casefile in conjunction with Rugby First, is best enjoyed in teams of two to six.
While the main investigation takes around three hours, the event will run continuously throughout the day so players can stop and start whenever they choose.
Free Wi-Fi will be available throughout Rugby on the day, allowing players to crack clues and uncover the truth.
Tickets cost £12 each. Accompanied under-12s can enter for free, and a dedicated children’s mini-mystery game will run concurrently.
Visit www.rugbytowncentre.co.uk/events/stareaters to book tickets.