Manhunt is a city-wide murder mystery event that will take over Leeds for one day only this December – can you work out whodunnit?
Ever fancied yourself as a detective? Now’s your chance to prove yourself right as Manhunt returns to Leeds on Saturday 2nd December 2017. It’s a virtual reality murder mystery game, so you’ll take to the streets armed with a smartphone app that will lead you to suspects and witnesses – all you have to do is work out who the murderer is.
Manhunt is the brainchild of Tref Griffiths who runs CluedUpp. It started in January, and has spread all over the UK. He told us how it came about, “We did a scavenger hunt in Scotland and thoroughly enjoyed it. We’ve always been big murder mystery fans and we thought wouldn’t it be great if we could take a scavenger hunt but put something more meaningful to it, rather than going round and aimlessly just finding things, the things that you found actually had some connection and a storyline behind them – so, we decided to build a murder mystery type format.”
Manhunt will take you all over Leeds as you try to solve the murder of nightclub owner Jimmy Johnson. He’s found bloodied in the centre of his own dance floor at the Genesis Nightclub on Ravewell Street at 5.35am on a damp, dark morning. The Serious Crime Unit, led by Detective Inspector Eddie Pearce, have put you and your friends on the case to solve the crime.
So how does it work? First you need to buy your tickets through their website – it’s £42 per group and you can have between 2 and 6 players. A week before the event you’ll be sent an information pack which will tell you when and where you need to be. You’ll also get a link to the app you need to download and an invite to be a part of the special Facebook group for the event. There aren’t any real people to meet on the day, all you have to do is arrive at the start point between 10am and 1pm. You’ve got all day to get the job done, although it can take anywhere between 2 and 5 hours to complete the game, depending on how good you are.
Once you’ve arrived, the fun begins. You have 18 virtual witnesses to locate ( it’s a Pokemon GO-style app) as well as 14 possible suspects to eliminate and five possible murder weapons to locate. The app will give you cryptic clues and complex alibis to suss out, as well as trivia questions about Leeds’ history and as you do each one it will take you to a different part of the city. However, you should watch out – because they like to throw a few red herrings in there, just to keep you on your toes.
You’ll also want to keep in touch on the Facebook event page throughout the day. It acts as a hub for the day’s activities, keeping you in the loop with any updates, photos and, of course, the all-important leaderboard. This will show you how quickly groups are getting through it. It’s not all about speed though – they have different competitions you can enter as you go. There’s the fastest team, the best team picture, the best dressed team for those in fancy dress, the best little detective if you’re bringing the kids and the best canine unit if you want to bring the dog along for the ride – everyone needs a Scooby Doo, right?
At the end of the event, if you’ve done everything right (fingers crossed) you’ll be left with one suspect and one murder weapon. All you have to do then is submit your answer on the app to find out if you’ve got it right. If so, you’ll be given the full story about the killer and their motive, and if not, you’ll have to try again. You’ll also get access to the final leaderboard and at the end of the day, they’ll announce who’s won each category, with trophies sent out a week later.
So who should do it? Tref told us. “Anybody that has ever watched a detective show and thought you know what, I could do that, I would really enjoy it. The thousands of people out there that want to be in the police, want to be detectives, they sit in front of their Luther at home and think yeah I could do that – so if you like that, you will absolutely love this.”
All you amateur Morses, Luthers and Poirots out there, this is your chance – do you have what it takes to bring Jimmy Johnson’s murderer to justice? You’ll have a great time exploring Leeds as you try.
Manhunt takes place in Leeds city centre on Saturday 2nd December 2017. Tickets are available now.