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Discover City Adventure Games - A New Urban Experience

Combining the problem-solving of escape rooms and the excitement of a scavenger hunt, real-world city adventure games have exploded in popularity around the globe. But they are only just beginning to reach our neck of the woods; so what are they? Let the team at City Strider be your guide.


A city adventure game is a real-world experience where players navigate through a city solving cryptic puzzles delivered to their phones.

Immersed in a captivating narrative, you and your team of 2-5 players must solve a series of clues and puzzles sent to your phone. Correctly deciphering the clues progresses you through the storyline, all while visiting various locations and encountering hidden gems scattered throughout the city that you probably didn’t know existed.

Sounds straightforward, but what will you see and do?


1. A social expedition

What better way to strengthen connections than through exploration? Utilising teamwork, sharing a common goal, and celebrating the success of your fellow teammates are just a few of the reasons that make city adventure games the perfect group activity. Whether you’re heading out and about with your friends, family, workmates, or classmates, you are sure to be talking about your adventure for weeks to come.

2. Thrill of achievement

You’ll be riding the high of solving all your clues and reaching the end of the game for the rest of your day, that is a guarantee. Each completed puzzle is like a shot of adrenaline straight to your ego. And like finishing a good book, coming to the end of the storyline you’re following is a satisfying accomplishment all on its own.

3. Get that heart rate up

City adventure games are a great way to get those legs pumping. As you traverse the city, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you rack up the steps. Most games are the equivalent of a 3-4km walk! Add in the health benefits of being outdoors, you’ve got yourself a physical activity that even the biggest couch potatoes can enjoy. And the best part is, it doesn’t even feel like exercise.

4. Brain buster

Physical exercise is a nice bonus, but it’s the mental workout that is the real winner. Our city adventures have a good mix of visual puzzles, riddles, simple arithmetic, and pop culture references, so you have a veritable feast of brain teasers to sharpen your wit against. And there is always a combination of easy and tougher clues, so anyone will be able to challenge themselves - regardless of their ability.

5. Urban discoveries

You’ve never experienced your city quite like this. City adventure games are full of hidden gems like restaurants you’ve been meaning to visit, artwork tucked away in forgotten alleyways, and echoes of history come to life again. As a unique way to sightsee, you’ll gain an appreciation for both major landmarks and obscure institutions alike.

6. Wet the whistle

What great adventure would be complete without a pint at your local? Well you might just have a new local now, as most games usually include at least a couple of places where you can quench your thirst. These act as lovely little pit stops along your journey, allowing you to make a real day out of your experience.


City adventure games are a truly inclusive experience. With an entire city as your playground, people from all walks of life can find an aspect to enjoy. Perhaps you want some low-impact exercise with your kids, or maybe you want to learn about the local history. You may even just want an excuse to stop at multiple pubs with your friends. Make sure you check any age restrictions or wheelchair/stroller access before you book your adventure.


Now that you’re itching to play, head to www.thecitystrider.co.nz/book-now to book a game with City Strider today.

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