Do you like cracking puzzles while up against the clock, with a sense of danger thrown in? Then try Operation Survival.
Set against the backdrop of a world in increasing crisis, Fire Hazard Games and the University of Cambridge Museums have teamed up for a wide-ranging game. Across four museums, players – who may learn quite a bit along the way – aim to create a fictional Foundation for the Future, which could help humanity survive the many challenges facing the environment. There’s just two hours to track down information, solve puzzles and deal with surprise clues.
Using the collections at the Polar Museum, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and the Museum of Zoology, Operation Survival reflects timely themes. Historical objects reflect the ways we’ve treated the natural world in the past, while technology has helped us understand the environment now and in the future.
Before the game is over, teams have to decide how best to save the world, or learn to live with the consequences. Designed for over-18s, no prior knowledge is required and the game can be as casual or as competitive as you like. It takes place on Saturdays, 10am to 12.30pm, from 5 October to 14 December.