I’M ON a slightly surreal Zoom chat with some mates and someone who looks like one of our mums is urging us to help look for her neighbour, who’s mysteriously disappeared. Frankly, at this stage in a year that’s seen the shutdown of society as we know it, all bets are off and this could be reality. Only it’s not and we’re actually playing an online detective game that’s both fiendishly good fun and fast revealing our technical incompetence.
It would be a shame to give too much away about the plot, but I can say you’ll be taken on a 60 to 75-minute trip to the seamier underbelly of our fair capital. The game, which is a cross between immersive theatre (unsurprisingly, given it’s from up-and-coming theatrical events company Swamp Hotel) and escape room, hurtles you headlong into a world of intrigue. Sure, you may start out chatting with a sweet old lady, but soon you’ll find yourself listening in on breathless audio with a possible mole and chasing around impressively authentic-looking websites cracking codes, hacking passwords and generally getting your Sherlock on. And don’t worry if you get stuck (we did multiple times) — there’s a chat function within the game where that sweet old lady asks how you’re getting on and drops you hints.
Word to the wise, it helps if you and your team of up to 6 (who can all play remotely for a bargainous one-off payment of £35) divvy up the tasks — so someone notes down any potentially important scraps of info while another is on their phone doing a bit of sleuthing. It’s also probably best to undertake this before laying into the hard stuff as you’re on the clock and you’ll need your wits about you. But even if you don’t quite manage to work out what the heck is happening in time (guilty), you’re sure to enjoy this game’s satisfyingly dark conclusion.
■ Plymouth Point runs until August 2, tickets £35 per team, plymouthpoint.co.uk