"Necessity is the mother of invention," goes the saying. Thanks to the pandemic, it is the shuttering of live events that led to theatre companies thinking outside of the box to cater to an online platform. Back in June, Sight Lines Entertainment came up with an interactive live performance called Murder at Mandai Camp: A Supernatural Murder Mystery. For its follow-up, we have Murder in Mandai Camp: The Case Reopens that is "Asia's first virtual horror-mystery escape room with live-action gameplay".
Picking up after the last chapter, viewers will see the CID Officer Lemuel Ng (played by Benjamin Kheng), investigates the events that involve recruit Tan Chee Meng (Bright Ong), former-lieutenant Haziq (Erwin Shah Ismail) and Captain Ronald (Ronald Goh) in regards to the death of Ilhan Rozells (Irsyad Dawood).
We haven't seen it but we understand that the production involves a 'choose-your-own-adventure' gameplay, roping in audiences to harvest and decipher clues to finger the perpetrator.
Need a little pick-me-up when you're solving the crime? Collaborating with Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, there are two themed bottled cocktails—The Scent of Plumeria and Pisang Noir (two bottles at SGD75; four bottles at SGD130, excluding GST). To sweeten the deal, the cocktails come with an exclusive clue to solve the mystery.
And every hint helps because there's also a SGD1,000 reward drawing for that one nimble-minded detective who collects all key evidence and IDs the culprit (if there are multiple winners, it goes into a draw). Open to local and international players, the Mystery Draw starts from 22 December 2020, 8pm and ends on 16 January 2021, 5:30am (the last entry at 4am).
Because of the mechanics of the performance, no two playthroughs are the same. So, if you want to replay this murder mystery, have at it.
Tickets for Murder at Mandai Camp: The Case Reopens is now available for purchase.