Introducing the FIRST ever on-line digital interactive murder mystery game

Museums at Night can now be accessed 365 days a year thanks to ground breaking project by Red Herring Games and the National Fishing Heritage Centre from Grimsby.

This week saw the culmination of their 2014 May project, which began with a custom written murder mystery at the museum, and has concluded with an interactive on-line murder mystery game produced with the help of 360 degree technology.

The new interactive murder mystery game is free to play, and has been created with the help of two other local companies: Chris Lynn, of Chris Lynn Photography who has been creating virtual tours for Google street view, and Alex McCranor of Workimage who produced all the video footage required.

“We wanted to create something lasting from our involvement with the National Museums at Night Project in 2014” Jo Smedley, Managing Director of Red Herring Games said. “We were asked by the National Fishing Heritage centre to produce a themed murder mystery for their space last year, but we wanted to give them something that had a longer duration impact, and this interactive on-line game does that.”

With no public money available to fund the project, Red Herring Games turned to local sponsors and their fellow #SBS winners to help towards the project costs.

“We could never have achieved this without help” Jo Smedley said. “And we were really pleased with the response to our request for sponsors last year. Some of the donations came from local businesses, some were fellow #SBS winners, and we even had a few donations from our customers who wanted to help the project along.”

The footage from this unique game also piqued the interest of Estuary TV.

“We thought it would be a really interesting idea for the channel.” said Lia Nici, Producer at Estuary TV, “And we’ve worked with Jo and her team to turn the on-line game into an episodic version for television broadcast.”

The TV version of the game is set to air later this year, but for now the public are encouraged to make the most of the experience on-line.

The game takes the form of an interactive tour of the National Fishing Heritage Centre, but with a difference. Around the museum there are eleven suspects and a series of clues to investigate. Players can interact with the suspects who will provide witness statements and answer set questions, and inspect the clues within the building in more detail. The solution is hidden within the game, and players must find the firm’s mascot Sherlock (a Red Herring) if they want to find out “who dunnit”.

Pleased with the success of last year’s event, N.E. Lincs council are looking to run a similar event this year. Work has already begun on the new experience which will be titled “Death in the Library” and will take place in Grimsby Central Library as part of the Museums at Night celebration in May.

You can play the game yourself here:


A Great Free Educational Tool

As well as just generally being good fun – this interactive on-line game has fantastic applications for education.

Prompting investigative thinking, cognitive reasoning and observation.  Children can take notes, listen to suspects, review evidence and write creatively about the investigation.

A comprehensive educational support resource is available for this interactive murder mystery game free at TESResources


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Flexible and fun!

We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  


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