There seem to me to be two types of people in the world: those who love cryptic crosswords and those who don’t. If you find fiendish word play and topsy-turvy word association a fun way to spend a few hours then you might enjoy the new game from Hidden City – a treasure hunt through the city that takes place via text messages in which you’re attempting to unearth the whereabouts of Sherlock’s famous nemesis Moriarty.
In teams of up to four, players are given a starting point not far from Sherlock’s Baker Street stomping ground. Things started off easy and me and my teammates breezed through part one with a satisfying back and forth of answers and clues. But it wasn’t long before we found ourselves trying to wrap our brains around more fiendish puzzles and wishing that one of our group was a regular completer of The Times’ cryptic crossword. On more than one occasion we resorted to the ‘hint function’ option, while at one depressing point a gaggle of teenage girls zipped past us. By midway through we had realised Sherlock wouldn’t be recruiting any of us any time soon.
On the day we were playing, things bottlednecked at the final destination and it wasn’t quite the finale we were hoping for – without giving things away we were at the very least expecting a stiff drink to reward our efforts, but the game fizzled out rather than choosing to end with a bang.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a piece of immersive theatre: it’s a straight up treasure hunt with only a slip of narrative. But it uses the city wonderfully: you’re taken to pretty pubs, down empty mews lanes and through museum attractions that you might otherwise overlook. And if you’re an ace at cryptic crosswords you’ll enjoy it even more.
Average User Rating
5 / 5
- 5 star:7
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
Had a brilliant afternoon. Not just awesome puzzling......you get to see parts of London that you wouldn't usually see!
5* Fantastic game and once you're into the flow of it, it is so much fun. Just remember to wear comfy shoes! Will totally recommend to others!
I had an absolutely wonderful time doing Moriarty's game for my birthday! What I really loved as well was how friendly Hidden City was when we got stuck; really patient, hah! The clues are very clever, and especially if you're doing it with more teams, the challenge of playing against each other is great! The first pub is also really wonderful - definitely take a well-deserved break there. Also, one thing I enjoy about these hunts is that you've got to keep your wits about you the whole way as you prepare for the grand finale! The route was interesting as well; definitely some new London spots to explore. More like this and the Enchanted Mirror, please!
This trail was just so much fun! A member of the team was a bit dubious about going but ended up loving it. I loved the all the different places and parts of London we got to see along the way. Thoroughly recommend!
We loved this challenge! Running around the city solving tricky puzzles was a great way to plan an alternative day out with my friends. Definitely worth trying - you'll surprise yourself, even when you think you don't know the answer!