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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.