Frequently Asked Questions
Is it a treasure hunt? A scavenger hunt? An escape room?
To be honest, it’s a mix of all three. It’s a bit like the Da Vinci Code or National Treasure or (a personal favorite) Raiders of the Lost Ark - it’s about using the clues of the city to solve a mystery.
Is it an app? A guided tour? What?
No app, no phone, no guide. It's a purely analog experience. It's just you, your team and the city.
How does it work?
Meet the Game Master who will give you the game, which constists of a bag containing all the things you need - a sacred ancient book, a Lock Box locked with 5 padlocks, and other odds and ends.. The game is laid out in the book. Follow the instructions and use the props to solve puzzles. Each stop on the adventure will unlock one of the five locks on the Lock Box. Once you get to the end you will have solved… The Mystery of A Secret Sender!
Check out the How It Works page for more info!
How historical is it?
Very - but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s boring. History is stories, and we’ve found the best stories in Amsterdam. A Secret Sender was real. The Rosicrucians are real. And we don’t mean ‘real’ like the Da Vinci Code (which is mostly made up) - our stuff is legit!
Through play and puzzle and fun, you will learn about some of the city’s most interesting and shadowy figures. It’s all been painstakingly researched. Honestly, we wish we weren’t so picky about historical accuracy. It would’ve made our jobs much easier!
Will be play with other people?
No, you only play with who you bring! You will never be mixed with strangers. We find it’s only fun when you play with people that you can yell at when they’re doing something wrong!
How much does it cost?
The game costs €25 per person. We have special deals for large groups (over 15). Contact us for more info.
How long does it take?
The whole game take about 2 hours from start to finish. The more talented teams (that means you!) will probably be done in approximately 90 minutes.
How much walking is it?
It is about 2km or 1.2 miles at a leisurely pace.
How many can play at once?
In theory, it's unlimited! The game is played in teams of 2-6. We split larger groups into competing teams, adding an extra layer of fun and challenge. In English, we can host up to 70 players at once. It’s great for team building!
Can we play in Dutch/German/French/Italian or Spanish?
In short - yes! If you want to play with a big group (10+), please check with us in advance so we can make sure we have enough sets ready for you.
What is your cancellation policy?
Up to 48 hours in advance, you can cancel for a 100% refund. Up to 24 hours in advance, there is a 50% refund and a coupon for 50% off your next booking. Less than 24 hours in advance, we don’t give refunds but we will give you a coupon for 100% off when you decide to book again!
What if the weather is really, really terrible?
It’s an adventure! We have ponchos and umbrellas as needed, and the game itself is relatively waterproof. Of course, if the weather is particularly horrible (this is Amsterdam, after all) we won’t force you to play in the rain and we’ll happily issue a refund for groups up to 10 people.
Can my child play?
We’ve had kids play - it’s a bit challenging but with the help of a parent it can be a good time. It will help you show your little angels how exciting history can be! Plus they'll be tired at the end from walking around and hopefully drift off to sleep. Just note that part of the game goes through the Red Light District. During the day, it’s just another lovely part of town. At night it’s still perfectly safe, but there will be red-lit scantily-clad women standing behind windows.
Where do we meet?
We meet at the Mystery City Secret Headquarters / Schatjes Galley at Oudezijds Voorburgwal 119.
How hard is it?
We’ve managed to find the perfect balance between challenge and fun (and it was no mean feat!). The game is always winnable - it doesn’t require advance knowledge or an aptitude for riddles or any special skills. If you can read and you can explore, you’ll do fine!
How did you make such cool props?
With love and passion, and a lot of help from our friends at UncoverLab!
Is it fun?
Oh, yes. Very. Don't believe us? Check out some rave reviews!
How do I play?
Just click here!