Beginning in a virtual art class, teams of up to six (working on different devices), must first help a classmate find out the secrets of her recently deceased friend. To do so, IT systems must be hacked, cryptic paintings read, codes and patterns deciphered, all against the clock. It's a tense 90 minutes (bravo if you complete it sooner) and, at times, even on finding clues it can be a little confusing as to what to do with them. But help is on hand via a chat function in the virtual forum, and clues come swiftly to those who ask.
The Mermaid's Tongue is a slick operation which uses multiple mediums to make you feel fully immersed in the experience. Just when you're squinting at your computer screen, desperately trying to solve a piece of the puzzle, text messages come flying through to ensnare your efforts. Grab your smartest friends; this reviewer wouldn't have made it past the first challenge without her colleagues.
The Mermaid's Tongue is to be played at home in groups of two to six players. Monday-Friday, 7pm & 9pm; Saturday-Sunday, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm. Click here to book.
|What||The Mermaid's Tongue: Swamp Motel's online escape-room game|
13 Oct 20 – 31 Mar 21, Performance times vary
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|