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Cardiff BID Brings Mystery to the Welsh Capital


This article has been submitted by Cardiff BID

One of Cardiff’s leading professors has gone missing and Detective Inspector Ranney needs your help. Take on a battle of wits this September in an investigative experience brought to you by Cardiff Business Improvement District (BID).

Cardiff BID and game makers, Casefile have announced they will be joining forces to create an immersive gaming experience across the Welsh capital for one day only. Transforming Cardiff’s streets into a life-sized game board, ‘Casefile: The Mystery of the Star Eaters’ will test the wits of amateur sleuths on 16 September 2017.

Following clues, questioning witnesses and solving puzzles, adventurers will be sent on a journey of discovery around Cardiff’s landmarks and usually off-limits locations. Detectives must use their powers of deduction to crack a century-old mystery and save a leading Welsh professor before the day is out.

Cardiff BID covers 130 streets across the capital and is one of the largest BID areas in the UK. Welcoming Casefile to the city is just one activity planned in a five-year programme strategy to make the city more welcoming, vibrant and influential.

Executive Director of Cardiff BID, Adrian Field, said:

“Working with Casefile is another fantastic way to encourage people to spend the day in Cardiff. The game will bring something totally unique to the capital, giving locals and tourists alike the chance to see the city in a new light.

“Not only will Casefile: The Mystery of the Star-Eaters give tourism a boost over the weekend in September, but it will also encourage people to visit businesses they might not usually think of as they head off the beaten track to solve clues, it’s a great opportunity for Cardiff.”

Designed to be played in teams of between two and six people, the game usually takes around three hours to complete but will run continuously throughout the day until 4pm giving players the freedom to take part at their leisure. Free Wi-Fi will also be available throughout Cardiff on the day.

Graphic Designer and Creator of Casefile: The Mystery of the Star-Eaters, Stephen Blackwell, said:

“The aim is to replicate the feel of a real investigation and the best way to do that was to make the most of real locations. Working with businesses throughout the city centre, we’ve been able to create an excitingly immersive experience for our players.

“Last year’s launch of Pokemon Go showed that there is a real appetite among gamers for more than just staring at a computer screen; The Mystery of the Star-Eaters gets players using their body and brain in equal measures, plus, a lot of fun along the way.”

Tickets for Casefile: The Mystery of the Start Eaters cost £12 each, with under 12s playing free and having access to a children’s mini-mystery game that will run simultaneously.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit