Part 1: The Minerva Project

The Minerva Project is a one hour adventure where your team of friends is dropped into a fantasy world and must work together to save humanity! Our story centers around Minerva, an adolescent artificial intelligence who has ambitions that are too big for her motherboard.

Will you help Minerva escape her computer-controlled prison cell, or take a risk by working against her? She may not have a physical body, but she’s smart. And if she makes it onto the internet, who knows what she will do … Are you ready?

Book Now
 
Or Buy A Gift Certificate

 
Still have questions? Try our Frequently Asked Questions or send us an email at booking@DecodeDetroit.com.

Groups Who Escape
49.5%
Groups Who Work With Minerva
43.6%
Groups Who Work Against Minerva
56.4%

NORMAL HOURS

Thursday – Friday:     6 PM – 11 PM

Saturday – Sunday:     10 AM – 11 PM


Open other times for groups of six or more by request. To book your game during other times, call us (313-438-8054) or send us an email at booking@DecodeDetroit.com.

Part 1: The Minerva Project

The Minerva Project is a one hour escape adventure where your team of friends is dropped into a fantasy world and must work together to save humanity! Our story centers around Minerva, an adolescent artificial intelligence who has ambitions that are too big for her motherboard.

Will you help Minerva escape her computer-controlled prison cell, or take a risk by working against her? She may not have a physical body, but she’s smart. And if she makes it onto the internet, who knows what she will do … Are you ready?

Book Now
 
Or Buy A Gift Certificate

 
Still have questions? Try our Frequently Asked Questions or send us an email at booking@DecodeDetroit.com.

Part 1:
The Minerva Project

The Minerva Project is a one hour escape adventure where your team of friends is dropped into a fantasy world and must work together to save humanity! Our story centers around Minerva, an adolescent artificial intelligence who has ambitions that are too big for her motherboard.

Will you help Minerva escape her computer-controlled prison cell, or take a risk by working against her? She may not have a physical body, but she’s smart. And if she makes it onto the internet, who knows what she will do … Are you ready?

Book Now
 
Or Buy A Gift Certificate

 
Still have questions? Try our Frequently Asked Questions or send us an email at booking@DecodeDetroit.com

Normal Hours


Thursday – Friday:     6 PM – 11 PM

Saturday – Sunday:     10 AM – 11 PM


Open other times for groups of six or more by request. To book your game during other times, call us (313-438-8054) or send us an email at booking@DecodeDetroit.com.

Meet Minerva

Meet Minerva

What Others Are Saying About The Minerva Project

What Others Are Saying …

“My friends and I are escape room nerds and we do these things all the time. The Minerva Project by Decode Detroit is hands down the best one we’ve been to. The puzzles were deliciously challenging and I loved how so many of them were custom-built for the room.”blee977 on TripAdvisor
“We’re regular escape room goers. So often, tech sacrifices immersion and narrative, but the team at Decode Detroit did an AMAZING job of connecting everything to the Minerva storyline. Minerva was a hilarious treat to listen to in the background – nothing makes me happier than a sassy AI and she was a gem.”882angelicah on TripAdvisor
“Love that they can modify the room to different group sizes/levels of experience. Good for seasoned veterans and rookies alike. Looking forward to more rooms and puzzles from Decode Detroit in the future!”Troy S. on Facebook
“I have been to about 20 escape rooms throughout the country (in probably about 10 states) and in all honesty, this one was the best. Far and away the most complete escape experience from start to finish. If you are into escape rooms, you will be impressed. If you’ve never done an escape room, this is a great place to start.” pjb4438 on TripAdvisor
“You can tell they have passion for the game.”Lindsay V. on Google
“The staff was phenomenal. They had a sign out front wishing my son a happy birthday, and another in the puzzle room itself. … The puzzles were challenging but the kids did not get frustrated, and we know from a prior experience here that the staff would have been ready with subtle clues if needed to keep the action progressing. For kids of the digital generation, it was fun to do something that felt video-game like but with real, tangible buttons to push, drawers to pull out, and clues to pick up and examine. It was also great to see the kids working together!”Mary J. on TripAdvisor
“My friends and I are escape room nerds and we do these things all the time. The Minerva Project by Decode Detroit is hands down the best one we’ve been to. The puzzles were deliciously challenging and I loved how so many of them were custom-built for the room.”blee977 on TripAdvisor
“It was wayyyyyy more fun than expected, even proved the skeptics in the group wrong … This is no amateur operation.”Kendal H. on Google
“The puzzles required teamwork, closed loop communication, resource sharing and cross monitoring of team members! As a person who trains teams to work better together, I think this is an exceptional team building exercise.”hbb207 on TripAdvisor
“I have been to about 20 escape rooms throughout the country (in probably about 10 states) and in all honesty, this one was the best. Far and away the most complete escape experience from start to finish. If you are into escape rooms, you will be impressed. If you’ve never done an escape room, this is a great place to start.” pjb4438 on TripAdvisor
“You can tell they have passion for the game.”Lindsay V. on Google
“Love that they can modify the room to different group sizes/levels of experience. Good for seasoned veterans and rookies alike. Looking forward to more rooms and puzzles from Decode Detroit in the future!”Troy S. on Facebook

Press


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Games for Individuals and Groups

New Friends

The best way to meet new people?
Save the world with them, of course. If your group is fewer than four, we recommend booking a time that already has a few people. Don’t worry – Minerva will help you get acquainted.

Team Building

Looking to bond with your new team members? Decode® Detroit is a fun way to improve your group dynamic. Learn more about special packages on our team building page: decodedetroit.com/team-building

Parties of All Kinds

Our reception area has space for 30 guests. Whether it’s a company holiday party, a birthday party, or a wedding party, we have the experience to make your celebration a blast. Get in touch at booking@decodedetroit.com.

New Friends

The best way to meet new people?
Save the world with them, of course. If your group is fewer than four, we recommend booking a time that already has a few people. Don’t worry – Minerva will help you get acquainted.

Team Building

Looking to bond with your new team members? Decode® Detroit is a fun way to improve your group dynamic. Learn more about special packages on our team building page: decodedetroit.com/team-building

Parties of All Kinds

Our reception area has space for 30 guests. Whether it’s a company holiday party, a birthday party, or a wedding party, we have the experience to make your celebration a blast. Get in touch at booking@decodedetroit.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Decode Detroit | The Minerva Project is a one hour, real-life interactive story where you are the main character. Team members must work together to make decisions, solve challenges, and save the world!

The adventure continues around Ann Arbor and Detroit with Minerva’s Escape!

To experience all the adventure has to offer and have a real shot at success, we recommend between six (6) and ten (10) players per game. You can sign up with a full team, or join a game on your own and make new friends!
Although we recommend a group of six or more to have a real shot at success, you can play will smaller groups. Sign up for a game that already has a few people, or sign up for an open time and we will adjust the difficulty appropriately.

Playing with strangers may sound scary, but just like a game of pickup soccer, groups of strangers tend to do better and have more fun!

Decode Detroit | The Minerva Project is $28 per person. Each ticket includes a Decode Detroit badge which unlocks the second part of the adventure: Minerva’s Escape!
Players under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Although people of all ages are welcome to play, keep in mind that younger players may find the games too challenging.
You only need to bring your everyday self!
The game will start at your designated start time, so we ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes early. Traffic can be unpredictable, and we don’t want you to miss out!

Each game takes around 75 minutes (including introduction, time inside the game, and debrief).

Parts of the game have multiple solutions, and we encourage you to find them all! However, we do ask that if you’ve played The Minerva Project before, you don’t spoil a puzzle you’ve already solved for the other participants.

If you’re looking for more adventure with Minerva, play part 2 of the adventure: Minerva’s Escape and sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on new parts of the adventure!

Cancellations are accepted with a full refund up to 24 hours before your game time. Alternatively, we can provide a rain check anytime before your game starts.
If you bringing a group of six (6) or more players, we can close your game to other players. Please email us if you’d like your game to be private: booking@decodedetroit.com.

If you are interested in booking a private or corporate event during non-normal hours, please contact us via email at booking@decodedetroit.com, or via phone at (313) 438-8054. The Minerva Project is a great team bonding experience that tests your team’s ability to work together, and we are happy to accommodate your needs!

Our facility and game are completely physically accessible and do not require any feats of athleticism to play.

If you or someone in your group is colorblind or hard of hearing, we recommend having someone in your group who will be able to perceive those puzzles and clues.

Although we strive to make our game available to everyone, those with impaired vision will have trouble playing the game.

Our regular hours are
Thursday-Friday: 6 – 11 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10 am – 11 pm

Although we are often onsite during these times, to make sure we’re available to give you a tour or run the game, please call 313-438-8054 before your visit.

If you would like to book a game outside normal hours, give us a call (313-438-8054) or send us an email at booking@decodedetroit.com.

Decode Detroit | The Minerva Project follows the same basic format of an escape room. However, we believe that a strong theme and an engaging story transform an interesting puzzle room into an exciting adventure!

The Minerva Project and Minerva’s Escape are the first two parts in a multi-part urban adventure game set in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know about new parts of the story!

Decode Detroit | The Minerva Project and Minerva’s Escape are the first two parts in a multi-part urban adventure game set in and around Detroit. Sign up for our mailing list or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to be the first to know when new parts of the story open!
We hope to open in New Center/Milwaukee Junction in 2017! Keep up to date on our progress here.
Decode Detroit | The Minerva Project is a one hour, real-life interactive story where you are the main character. Team members must work together to make decisions, solve challenges, and save the world!

The adventure continues around Ann Arbor and Detroit with Minerva’s Escape!

To experience all the adventure has to offer and have a real shot at success, we recommend between six (6) and ten (10) players per game. You can sign up with a full team, or join a game on your own and make new friends!
Although we recommend a group of six or more to have a real shot at success, you can play will smaller groups. Sign up for a game that already has a few people, or sign up for an open time and we will adjust the difficulty appropriately.

Playing with strangers may sound scary, but just like a game of pickup soccer, groups of strangers tend to do better and have more fun!

Decode Detroit | The Minerva Project is $28 per person. Each ticket includes a Decode Detroit badge which unlocks the second part of the adventure: Minerva’s Escape!
Players under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Although people of all ages are welcome to play, keep in mind that younger players may find the games too challenging.
You only need to bring your everyday self!
The game will start at your designated start time, so we ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes early. Traffic can be unpredictable, and we don’t want you to miss out!

Each game takes around 75 minutes (including introduction, time inside the game, and debrief).

Parts of the game have multiple solutions, and we encourage you to find them all! However, we do ask that if you’ve played The Minerva Project before, you don’t spoil a puzzle you’ve already solved for the other participants.

If you’re looking for more adventure with Minerva, play part 2 of the adventure: Minerva’s Escape and sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on new parts of the adventure!

Cancellations are accepted with a full refund up to 24 hours before your game time. Alternatively, we can provide a rain check anytime before your game starts.
If you bringing a group of six (6) or more players, we can close your game to other players. Please email us if you’d like your game to be private: booking@decodedetroit.com.

If you are interested in booking a private or corporate event during non-normal hours, please contact us via email at booking@decodedetroit.com, or via phone at (313) 438-8054. The Minerva Project is a great team bonding experience that tests your team’s ability to work together, and we are happy to accommodate your needs!

Our facility and game are completely physically accessible and do not require any feats of athleticism to play.

If you or someone in your group is colorblind or hard of hearing, we recommend having someone in your group who will be able to perceive those puzzles and clues.

Although we strive to make our game available to everyone, those with impaired vision will have trouble playing the game.

Our regular hours are
Thursday-Friday: 6 – 11 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10 am – 11 pm

Although we are often onsite during these times, to make sure we’re available to give you a tour or run the game, please call 313-438-8054 before your visit.

If you would like to book a game outside normal hours, give us a call (313-438-8054) or send us an email at booking@decodedetroit.com.

Decode Detroit | The Minerva Project follows the same basic format of an escape room. However, we believe that a strong theme and an engaging story transform an interesting puzzle room into an exciting adventure!

The Minerva Project and Minerva’s Escape are the first two parts in a multi-part urban adventure game set in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know about new parts of the story!

Decode Detroit | The Minerva Project and Minerva’s Escape are the first two parts in a multi-part urban adventure game set in and around Detroit. Sign up for our mailing list or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to be the first to know when new parts of the story open!
We hope to open in New Center/Milwaukee Junction in 2017! Keep up to date on our progress here.

Ann Arbor Location

Home of The Minerva Project


Hours

Thursday – Friday 6 PM – 11 PM

Saturday – Sunday10 AM – 11 PM

Please call or email to make a booking outside normal hours.


Directions

4072 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108Click Here for Google Maps

On AAATA Bus Route 5Plenty of Parking

Phone(313) 438-8054

Emailbooking@decodedetroit.com

About Us

Created in 2016 by a group of MIT, UMich, and Florida-trained storytellers, engineers, and urban planners, Decode® Detroit is an urban adventure game built into the fabric of Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit. The first part of the adventure opened as Ann Arbor’s newest escape room (The Minerva Project) in fall 2016, and the second part of the adventure opened as a puzzle hunt in Ann Arbor (Minerva’s Escape) in winter 2017.

Our vision is to use fun puzzles and an engaging storyline to introduce locals and visitors alike to unique places in Southeast Michigan that they might not otherwise discover. Want to be the first to know when the next part of the adventure arrives? Sign up for our email list below:

We’re proud of our commitment to sustainable business and to free and open source software. Our website is powered entirely by wind, and we use open source software almost exclusively in our business and support the organizations that develop our software.

Team Photo

Created in 2016 by a group of MIT, UMich, and Florida-trained storytellers, engineers, and urban planners, Decode® Detroit is an urban adventure game built into the fabric of Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit. The first part of the adventure opened as Ann Arbor’s newest escape room (The Minerva Project) in fall 2016, and the second part of the adventure opened as a puzzle hunt in Ann Arbor (Minerva’s Escape) in winter 2017.

Our vision is to use fun puzzles and an engaging storyline to introduce locals and visitors alike to unique places in Southeast Michigan that they might not otherwise discover. Want to be the first to know when the next part of the adventure arrives? Sign up for our email list below:

We’re proud of our commitment to sustainable business and to free and open source software. Our website is powered entirely by wind, and we use open source software almost exclusively in our business and support the organizations that develop our software.

Team Photo

Minerva’s Return
the end of Minerva’s adventure


Open to the Public September 7th!

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Minerva’s Return
the end of Minerva’s adventure


Open to the Public September 7th!

Book Now