From trade shows to private parties, to whatever you can dream up, if you need
a smart, engaging puzzle hunt customized to your needs and location, we can
get the job done. To see what we've created for some of our clients, check out the Case Studies below.
CASE STUDY: CUSTOM WEDDING PROPOSAL, SILICON VALLEY
Our client Chris contacted us with a very special request. He wanted to convince his long distance girlfriend to move to Silicon Valley...and marry him. Without years of history living in the same area, he wanted to show a few places of cultural or historic interest in the San Jose area, and end up at a special location where he could ask the big question. Mastermind created a set of clues which led from Santa Clara to Saratoga, CA. Clues were written in rhyming verse, with puzzles and locations based on mutual interests of the couple. Puzzle pieces for a two-sided treasure map of the final location were gathered along the way, and the finale featured a Japanese puzzle box with a ring inside. She said yes.
CASE STUDY: CRAIG AND MARY'S AMAZING WEDDING
More than just a wedding, this event was a month-long extravaganza filled with friends and family. Working closely with the bride and groom's event planners, we created a treasure hunt for 50 guests at the historic Asilomar conference grounds in Pacific Grove, CA, as well as a full-scale road rally treasure hunt which covered Monterey, Carmel, and scenic 17-mile drive. The two hunts were run on separate days. Some clues were customized with information about the bride and groom's favorite books, movies and shared history.
CASE STUDY: SF PUBLIC LIBRARY ONE CITY ONE BOOK EVENT
On a Saturday in September of 2013, over 300 players raced through The Mission, Civic Center area, and the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library to solve clues and stop a rogue agent from destroying the privacy of everyday citizens.
Cory Doctorow's Little Brother was the featured novel for the San Francisco Public Library's One City One Book festival in 2013. Since the novel featured an information based scavenger hunt, the library contacted Mastermind to create a similar hunt for the festival. Although Rogue Agent! featured a storyline, themes, and an "off-screen" protagonist based on the book, players did not necessarily have to be familiar with the novel in order to play.
CASE STUDY: SF PUBLIC LIBRARY, THE FOX CASE
Following the success of Rogue Agent!, the library asked Mastermind to create another hunt. In July of 2014, more than 200 players used a combination of surveillance photographs, puzzles, QR codes, and text-message interaction to solve the mystery of a strange interloper in the library and the possible theft of a priceless book. The Fox Case was based on characters created by Lisa Lutz in her novel The Spellman Files. It took place entirely within the Main Branch, and gave players the opportunity to have a great time, while utilizing library resources, and showing them aspects of the library they may not have previously noticed.