Do you enjoy escape rooms or murder mysteries? If so you need to try CluedUpp Games! I’m a massive fan of games that require working at a team to solve puzzles such as escape rooms, cooperative board games and scavenger hunts. So when I heard about CluedUpp Detective Day, I knew it was something I had to try.
Day By CluedUpp Games: A Review
Detective Day was a crime-solving adventure that takes places in multiple cities. I joined the event in Ottawa which was inspired by the BBC show “Peaky Blinders”.
How it works is together with your team of up to 6 people you need to take part in a crime-solving puzzle that feels similar to the board game Clue. You need to solve who committed the murder, and with what weapon.
The game runs using the CluedUpp app which one party member must have on their phone. Within the app, you’ll see various witnesses on the map, and you’ll need to walk to these locations to ask them questions about the murder.
For Detective Day it took place during the afternoon, and you had a limit of 10 people you could ask questions to eliminate the murder suspects and weapons. When I tried, it took approximately 3 hours of walking across downtown Ottawa to interview enough witnesses to begin to solve the case.
Within the app when you reach a witness, you can either watch the video or read the text they have. Next, you can pick if you want to ask them a question. In the CluedUpp Games app, you’ll also be able to keep track of the weapons and suspects you eliminate. So once you think you know the answer, you can submit it using the app.
My team was a solid group of people who adore puzzles, but even for us, Detective Day provided a considerable challenge to solve the case. In the end, it came down to an educated guess, and we were lucky and go it right. We assume we didn’t talk to the right witnesses, as we felt we were missing information to eliminate weapons and people.
CluedUpp says the purpose of their games is to bring people together in outdoor games, and they certainly succeeded in Ottawa. For Detective Day the downtown core was filled with groups of people of all ages in elaborate costumes. It was incredible!
Without question when CluedUpp returns I want to try it again. Unlike other scavenger hunts I’ve done, I enjoyed the fact that this one is being done at the same time as other teams and you could wear costumes. If you are looking for a fun team building activity, make sure to give ClueUpp at try.