In a move that makes so much sense it’s surprising it hasn’t happened already, a new Sherlock Holmes-themed escape room is destined for London this October, and with some tried-and-true Holmesian creators in the mix.
Since 1887, when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first introduced the cunning character in A Study in Scarlet, Holmes has been getting himself and his friend and biographer, Dr. Watson, out of conundrum after conundrum. And now you’ll be able to place yourself in his logical shoes, with a little help from the current creative team behind the acclaimed BBC show, Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Sherlock producer Sue Vertue and showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are teaming up with Time Run (who bill themselves as the United Kingdom’s “most renowned puzzle-room pioneers”) to bring you Sherlock: The Game Is Now. Aided by video and audio snippets recorded by the cast, along with clues, details, and environments from the show, teams of 4 to 6 players will race against the 90-minute clock to solve mysteries, puzzles, and challenges in an immersive game experience.
And if you lose, you never get to leave the room and have to resort to eating your teammates. (OK, that’s not part of it, but it certainly would raise the stakes.)
Check out the trailer for the experience, which is set up as a broadcast from London from Sherlock’s older brother, Mycroft Holmes (played by Gatiss himself), detailing the rash of unexplained break-ins occurring throughout London. Sherlock is out of the country on some “frivolous case,” so now is your chance to take his place and join The Network…
Moffat tells Entertainment Weekly that the new escape room experience “just fits well into Sherlock... There is some of the Sherlock cast in it — obviously not turning up on a daily basis, with their costumes, because they’re quite expensive. But, yes, you will see new footage of them, never seen before!”
Since fans of the show have come to expect long waits between seasons, this is a good way to get your Holmesian fix. And while Sherlock: The Game Is Now is currently only scheduled to launch in London this October, there are plans to take the show on the road. You can keep up with all the details and progress at the game’s official website.