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Mystery Manila offers aspiring sleuths a chance to stretch their mental muscles

If you've ever wanted to solve a mystery with friends without actually starting a detective agency, a new hangout in Quezon City may be your best lead.

Mystery Manila, a reality game room, invites people to step in the shoes of either a sleuth or a bewildered victim, as GMA News' "State of the Nation" featured on Friday.

A group of two to five people will have 60 minutes to try to solve one of two mysteries that Mystery Manila currently offers.

In Justice for Jamila, players must solve the mystery behind the death of Jamila Torres, "the best private investigator in Manila", who was murdered in her own office.

In the Chained Chamber, meanwhile, players are locked in a room by a psycopathic serial killer and have to figure out riddles, puzzles, and clues to get out.

Should either of the mysteries prove too hard to solve, the designated game keeper can provide a clue in exchage for a 5-minute penalty on the group's total time.

Prices are as follows:

  • P550/person if two persons are booked
  • P500/person if three persons are booked
  • P450/person if four persons are booked
  • P400/person if five persons are booked

Achievement hunters should note that prizes given at the end of the game depend on the amount of time it takes the group to solve the mystery.

Veterans can expect new mysteries from the team ever three to four months, Chuck Chang, one of the partners in Mystery Manila, said on "State of the Nation".

According to Chang, live escape games first started in Japan but have gained popularity in other countries too. — Rie Takumi/JDS, GMA News


Mystery Manila can be found at Unit 9A, 2nd Floor, JW Plaza Building, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. (Known as C5), Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City. Reservations can be made online.