From the Torchlight Mysteries Casebook…

Over the years we have been lucky to work with lots of exciting locations all over the country to devise fiendish puzzles and mysteries.


The Search for Dippy - Natural History Museum

The year is 1905 and guests had been invited to a special preview of the newest display at the Natural History Museum - 'Dippy the Diplodocus'. But when the guests arrived the curators were in a panic... something was amiss! A note was found suggesting a crime was going to be committed! Hundreds of guests had to question suspects and track down the culprit before the King and notables arrived for the display's launch the following night. This escape room-like game had guests exploring the Museum after hours while they found clues and interviewed the six suspects, all of whom had something to hide. Which were lying and which were trying to help? The challenge was on!

Sherlock Holmes and Festival of Christmas

As part of the Festival of Christmas in 2017, ​Sherlock Holmes recruited Irregulars on the streets of the Dockyard with a little help from Torchlight Mysteries. Six suspects were responsible for stealing one of the Orders of Chivalry and it was the ‘Irregulars’ responsibility to find out what happened. Luckily Holmes and Watson were on hand to point out where everyone was going wrong. Hundreds of people signed up and played during the three day Christmas Festival.

The site-wide immersive mystery was commissioned by the Dockyard to encourage people to explore the entire site. Live action actors and online tools allowed players to get into the heart of the action, searching the stalls and markets for our suspects. Once they collected all the information and made their conclusions they could find Holmes and Watson to confirm their deductions. Feedback was excellent with many parents saying it was the entire focus of their visit while their children dragged them around the site looking for suspects. All the suspects agreed the children were asking by far the hardest questions!

Operation Secret Window

Especially created for Rushmoor Borough Council Operation Secret Window was an outdoor adventure game with escape room clues and immersive actors. The game utilised six window art installations created to celebrate the heritage of Aldershot Town Centre. Each window reflected a shop or business from the past one hundred years and the game involved players locating shops that stood one hundred years ago. By asking actors placed on the route relevant questions they could lead you to a shop that stood for over 150 years - a musical shop on Potters Corner. Most teams successfully completed the challenge in one hour. Special congratulations to team “Missing in Action” who completed the route in 37 mins! They had played Operation Secret Agent (a 1940s themed outdoor escape room) and attended the Heritage Tours Torchlight Tours had provided earlier that month. It pays to do your research!

(photos by Rushmoor Borough Council - Shaun Jackson)


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