The escape room that bring you in Italy from your sofa!
The Hidden City is an escape room that can be played comfortably seated on your sofa. Like a classic escape room there are puzzles to solve, objects to analyze, actions to perform. But in addition you can take a virtual journey through the streets of major Italian cities!
The Hidden City is an Italian book from 1976 about the Lux Videntium, a special form of alchemy in vogue between the XV and XVI. The theme caused quite a stir at the time and the public eagerly awaited its release. But the book never reached the bookstores and disappeared without a trace. The author, the university professor Ermanno Folli, has retired to private life and has not been seen in public since then.
HOW TO PLAY
what do you need
To play you just need a smartphone with internet connection, pen, and paper, and obviously your desire to discover hidden secrets
how does it work
After purchasing the game, you will receive a PDF scan of Ermanno Folli’s personal notes and you can start deciphering them
Some puzzles require investigating the city. You can do this by looking for information on Google or by virtually visiting the streets and buildings with Google Maps Street View
1 to 6 players (even remotely, each from their own device)
set in several Italian cities
more than 2 hours of play per volume
nothing to print, no app to download!
The Hidden City is composed by several
self-contained volumes, each of them tells a piece
of Folli's story and is set in a specific city.
Each volume can be played individually
without the need to buy others.
The first volume, set in Turin, is currently available.
The next volumes of The Hidden City
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Do I have to know these cities in order to play?
No: you can play without knowing anything about the city in which the individual volumes are set.
Do I have to play all the volumes to have a complete experience?
No: each volume is self-contained, but playing all of them will give you more insight about the lore.
Do I have to play the volumes in order?
No: you can choose which volume to start, even though we suggest to start from the first one.
What do I need to play?
You need pen, paper, an internet connection, and a digital device (a computer, a smartphone, or a tablet). There is no need to install anything: you will receive a PDF file.
How can I play with a remote team?
To play in a group remotely you can buy the volume you are interested in, forward it to the people you want to play with, and start playing together when you’re all ready.
Can we play in more than six?
Yes, but we strongly advise not to exceed this number in order to have an optimal experience.
Is there a time limit to play?
No: you will receive a PDF file with Folli's notes and your task is not to stay inside a time, but to be able to decipher them. You can decide to play whenever you want and when to take breaks. You can play it in short sessions or in a single take (each volume requires a playing time of about two hours).
How does the sales platform work?
The purchase takes place directly on PayPal. Once the payment has been made you will be redirected to the page with the PDF of the volume you have chosen.
Can I give The Hidden City to someone?
Sure! If you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org saying you want to give the game to somebody as a gift, we will prepare a customized diegetic email for just an extra 5 $. Be aware that we may need up to 3 days to organize a customized gift, so please contact us enough time in advance if you intend to gift the game to somebody.
Yes, it’s wonderful, but I still have questions!
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