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FAQs Vancouver Mysteries 2017-05-24T02:41:59+00:00
How Does it Work? 2017-05-22T02:15:23+00:00
Do you offer scavenger hunts in downtown Vancouver? 2017-05-22T02:15:23+00:00

Standard scavenger hunts are played outside and participants are given a list of objects to collect. We like to think we have taken scavenger hunts to the next level. In a Vancouver Mysteries game, players complete challenges to collect clues while a story unfolds. A game book guides players through the story while a map leads them to parts of downtown Vancouver that even locals are surprised to discover! For more information about how Vancouver Mysteries games work, please visit read the How Does it Work? FAQ.

Are you an escape room? 2017-01-30T11:56:54+00:00

Vancouver Mysteries is not an escape room, although we have some similarities. Players complete a series of challenges and collect clues to solve a mystery. However, Vancouver Mysteries take place outside – you are not locked in a room! Games cover approximately 2km of downtown Vancouver. Players often return to the same escape room to play multiple times before they can escape successfully within the time limit, while most players only play a Vancouver Mysteries game once. Vancouver Mysteries games are scored out of 100 points. The time limit on an escape room game is generally 1 hour. The time limit on a Vancouver Mysteries game is 2 hours. Escape rooms have a maximum capacity, while several teams can compete against each other in the same Vancouver Mysteries game.

If you are looking for an indoor event for smaller groups, we definitely recommend escape rooms. The Vancouver Mystery team played an escape room game as a team building activity in 2015 and it was fun! There are many escape rooms all over the lower mainland to choose from, but there is only one Vancouver Mysteries.

If you prefer to play outside, we can accommodate between 2 to 120 players at a time (40 players can play the same game, so a 120 player game would consist of a Mega Mystery of all 3 games running simultaneously). Please visit our How to Play page to see which game is right for you.

Are Vancouver Mysteries games fun for adults? 2017-05-22T02:15:23+00:00

Celebrate a special event or activity with a Vancouver Mysteries game.

Team Building

Fun teambuilding! Our team won the game! It was truly a team-effort. The games accomplished the objective, it brought the strength out of the team players and made us work together well.
Claire C, Tripadvisor

Birthday Parties

We booked a private game for our group of 8 friends visiting Vancouver for my fiance’s 30th birthday. It was so fun! The puzzles are challenging without being frustrating and could work to include a range of ages in your group. We did Crime in Downtown and got a great feel for the area while solving our crime as well as learning a bit about the history of gastown. Our coordinator was great and we really had the best time. I would recommend this for almost anyone! Well worth the $.
Joslyn M, Tripadvisor


I organized the Crime in Downtown game for my friend’s stagette party this past weekend and it was super fun! Our group split into two teams and we had such a great time solving the riddles and figuring out the answers to the clues. The game takes you all around Gastown and it’s very cleverly done.
Allison B, Tripadvisor
Can I book a large private game? 2017-05-22T02:15:23+00:00

If you have more than 5 players in your group, you can book online by selecting the Private Game option on our booking page. You get to select any date or time on the calendar that works for you and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Private games up to 40 players compete in teams – the maximum team size is 5 players. Form your teams and come up with team names ahead of time to get the competitive spirit building or the Game Operator can randomly determine your teams when you arrive – it’s up to you.

Private games of more than 40 players compete in a Mega Mystery – more than one game is played simultaneously and teams from both games compete against each other for the highest score.

We can accommodate up to 120 players in a private game.

Fun teambuilding! Our team won the game! It was truly a team-effort. The games accomplished the objective, it brought the strength out of the team players and made us work together well.
Claire C
I was looking for a fun team event for our department, and didn’t want to fall in to the same old bowling or golf. I was not disappointed! Vancouver Mysteries was so fun to work with – planning a date and time and the game we wanted to play was done with ease. We broke in to 3 groups for our 15 players and spent the afternoon laughing, figuring out puzzles and exploring some of downtown Vancouver. I will totally do this again with friends. Vancouver Mysteries would be great for any stag/stagette, team event, corporate group event or even just grab a friend and join a team! This is outdoors and although it isn’t awesome to be in the rain all the time I still posted this as a rainy day activity as you can do it rain or shine – just bring an umbrella – I think it would add to the excitement and theatrics of the game!
Erin O, Tripadvisor
Can small groups play Vancouver Mystery games? 2017-05-22T02:15:23+00:00

You only need 2 players to play a Vancouver Mysteries game!

We have games for 2-5 players available every 15 minutes throughout the day, 7 days a week – check our calendar for availability.

Date Night

Avoid the awkward small talk of a first date by solving a murder together, or try something different for date night by playing our spy game (followed by martinis, of course!).

Visiting Vancouver?

The route of each game is carefully designed to pay homage to Vancouver history, architecture and culture as players explore an exciting fictional world. By the end of the game you will know the city better than some locals. Maps provided.

It was fun. Easy to book. Great date night surprise. Highly recommend.
Had a great time exploring Vancouver; it was an awesome way to see more of the city without having some droning tour guide explain it.
Are the games suitable for children? 2017-05-22T02:15:24+00:00

Children aged 8 – 13

Heroes & Villains Family Version is perfect for families with children aged 8 – 13. At least one adult is needed for each team of children. The game is designed for adults and children to play together.

Young adults

Young adults aged 14+ can play any of our games.

Please do note our murder mystery, Crime in Downtown, includes mature subject matter (murder, blackmail, infidelity, gambling). Please check in with us about the game content if you need more information to decide if you are comfortable with the subject matter for your children.

Each team of children must be accompanied by one adult (at least 19 years old). If the adult is not playing the game, they can accompany a team of 5 children or young adults for free.

Teams of young adults (16-18 year olds) can play alone if their parents or guardians provide documented permission in advance. Please contact us to inquire about field trips or other large groups of young adults.

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We enjoyed this adventure from beginning to end. It was so much fun and there was an incredible amount of effort put into planning this event. We had a group of 9-12 yr olds on a WET Vancouver night and we loved every minute! Can’t wait to do this again!
Ollejules, TripAdvisor
Where do the games start and end? 2016-05-22T16:49:44+00:00

The games all start and end in downtown Vancouver, within a short walk from Waterfront Station. Precise start points vary depending on the time of day, size of the group and chosen game. When you sign up, we will provide you with detailed instructions on where to meet. If you book a large private game we can also start or end the game at a hotel, restaurant, convention center, or your offices – as long as they are nearby. If you are interested in a customized start or end location, please ask our Experience Manager about options.

How much does it cost? 2016-05-22T16:46:25+00:00

The price for all games is $25/player plus GST – this includes our daily games, private games and our mystery nights. Ask about our group rate for games of 30 players or more.

How do the games work? 2017-05-22T02:15:24+00:00

The games are played in teams of up to 5 players – one team can play alone in our daily games (every 15 minutes, 7 days a week) or multiple teams can compete against each other in our Mystery Nights or in a private game. Each team gets a game kit with everything they need to play the game: tools, a map, and a game book. Each team works their way through the game book, completing challenges and collecting clues along the way. The objective is to solve the mystery using the clues. Points are also earned by completing the game with a 90 minute time limit or – in multi-team games – being one of the first teams back.

What is Vancouver Mysteries? 2016-05-22T13:46:10+00:00

Vancouver Mysteries is Vancouver’s first urban game company. In a Vancouver Mysteries game you and your friends are the heroes of your very own adventure. You’ll collect clues as the story unfolds on the streets of downtown Vancouver. We supply the kit, you solve the mystery.