It’s not that easy,
the Queen of Schwabylon.
– Anna M.
– Fabian M.
– Johannes F.
The game is played entirely outdoors, and you will not need to be in-contact with anyone besides the people who are in your group (of 2-5 people). Keeping a 1.5m distance from your group while playing is not easy– hence, we recommend that you play with people who are already inside your social bubble.
Above all, please follow the current local regulations at muenchen.de/corona.
A City Puzzle Quest is a self-guided adventure where your team will go from location to location through Schwabing, solving a series of puzzles using your surroundings at each new location. The puzzles you will encounter are similar to an escape room. The game is not like a scavenger hunt where you collect hidden items, photos, or complete social challenges, nor is it like pub-trivia where you would need prior knowledge.
You’ll receive a package by mail. After you open it, you’ll find instructions of where to start the game, as well as the envelope which will have all of the tools to play the city puzzle quest. The instructions will tell you the exact starting location, and a few hints on what to bring along. From here, you will be on your own- find a few friends who want to join you, and meet at the starting location whenever the weather is nice. All of the instructions for the game are inside.
All of the clues you will need to solve the puzzles are permanent structures in public spaces. No objects have been placed by us in the city for this experience. All of the clues should be in the same place for the next 50 years or so.
No worries, we’ve included hints in the end of the book for each puzzle to nudge you in the right direction. If you get really stuck or stop enjoying a puzzle, we also included a link to a website where there are solutions to skip a puzzle. We also have included a system where you can easily check your solutions before walking to the next location– we wouldn’t want you to get too lost.
The game is an easy-medium level of difficulty. That means it’s a perfect challenge if someone in your group has already done one or two escape rooms or play-at-home “Exit” games before. However, if you’re new to this kind of game, there are small hints and solutions included.. Or are you a veteran puzzler and enthusiast? Then the puzzles will be easier for you, and you’ll appreciate the materials and story, above all.
As soon as you solve the last puzzle, you will know if you’ve completed the game or not– we promise! It’s not a points-based system where you earn points for doing “better” or “worse,” nor do you have to send us anything to confirm that you won or lost.
After you play the game, it won’t be fun to play it a second time if you already know how to solve all of the puzzles. We are proud to have made the game mostly reusable to minimize waste– only one object is destroyed in the process of playing (the book). To make the package playable a second time, you wlil need to buy a “Refill Kit” here, and follow the instructions for resetting the game (these come with the Refill Kit). After playing it yourself, we suggest keeping it around for visiting friends or family to play. Or secretly pass the package to an unsuspecting stranger. Entirely up to you.
This quest starts in a secret location in Schwabing (a 6 minute walk from Münchner Freiheit or Kurfürstenplatz). We’ll send you the secret starting-point with the package. You finish the quest about 1.5 km from where you started.
The full experience takes about 2.5 hours with 3km of walking. The game’s ending location is near plenty of great bars and restaurants suitable for a victory celebration.
It’s just in English for now. But we’re working on the German version. However, we wrote the texts and puzzles for folks who speak English as a second language (like most of us). Subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll let you know as soon as the German version is available.
Playing as a group of 3-4 people is most fun. 2-5 works as well (adventurous first date, anyone?). For more than five, purchase an additional package and split into teams for some friendly competition. For larger numbers (like for a unique company event), we’d be happy to help you set that up smoothly, just email us.