Escape rooms are all the craze and Montreal has another to add to its roster: a Sherlock Holmes-themed escape game challenges players to solve a murder mystery.
Located at the Ministry of Cricket & Other Homeless Sports, across from the Marché Central, The Sherlock Holmes Mystery re-creates the Baker Street Museum in London and is both a museum and an escape room activity. It features antiques, puzzles, hidden objects, locks and details inspired by Sherlock Holmes books, films and TV series.
According to Angus Bell, who was one of the designers of the room, it is a unique gaming experience that goes beyond what you might expect from an escape room. Bell and co-designer Candy Crowin spent a year researching, designing and building the room, with an obsessive attention to detail in decoration, props and costumes.
“It’s a replica of the Sherlock Holmes museum in London,” Bell said. “But in London, you can only step in and take a photo and move on. Here you get access to the room with your group for an hour.”
Game players dress up as Victorian police officers and take on the role of Scotland Yard investigators in 1891 London. In the game, Holmes and his assistant Watson are revealed to have gone missing. Upon arriving at Holmes’ flat at 221B Baker St., players receive a mysterious telegram stating they have just one hour to stop a murder.
“Escape rooms are kind of like 3D board games, where there’s a variety of challenges,” Bell said. “They could be physical things, mental things, puzzles or hidden objects. Each step leads to the next challenge.”
The escape room can accommodate groups from two to eight people and takes a little over an hour to complete. Players are monitored and guided by a games master and do not need to have prior experience of escape games or knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The game is designed for teens and adults but children over the age of 10 are permitted if accompanied by a parent. The cost to participate is $25 per player.
The Ministry of Cricket & Homeless Sports, at 1301 Mazurette St., is a 14,000-square-foot warehouse transformed into a big-kid and grown-up play space, with more than 20 activities including bubble soccer, nerf wars, combat archery and Quidditch, as well as traditional sports like soccer, baseball and ball hockey.
For more information, call 514-904-1261 or visit ministryofcricket.ca.