MINERVA'S ESCAPE

Minerva's Escape is a free multi-part puzzle scavenger hunt in Ann Arbor. The adventure centers on Minerva, an adolescent artificial intelligence with ambitions too big for her motherboard.

Minerva has escaped to the internet, and she’s determined to improve our world. She wants your help, but first you have to earn her trust. Can you follow her clues around the city and gain her confidence? Your adventure begins below ...

Start Your Adventure


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  • Pick A Mission

    Each Mission Has A Starting Location And An Estimated Duration

  • Find The First Location

    The Whole Mission Is Within Walking Distance Of The First Location

  • Follow The Clues

    Look For An Item With The Decode Detroit Logo And Try To Decipher The Clue. If You Run Into Trouble, Use The Mission Hints Below

  • Use Your Badge

    When You Solve The Final Puzzle, Use Your Decode Detroit Badge To Earn Minerva’s Trust And Unlock Minerva Project Archive Files

Mission Notes: Look for shops which have a Minerva Sighting sign in the window. Please thank the shops that are hosting a puzzle and support them if you can!

CHOOSE YOUR MISSION

MISSION A


This Adventure Takes
0
Minutes

Open
Mon-Fri: 11am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 6pm
Sun: 11am – 3pm

Start your adventure at Ann Arbor Spice Merchants in Kerrytown, Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor Spice Merchants

HINTS

Lost or stuck? These hints will point you in the right direction.


ANSWERS

Frustrated?
Here’s the answer to the first three. But you still have to earn Minerva’s trust at the last puzzle.

MISSION B


This Adventure Takes
0
Minutes

Open
Mon-Sat: 10am – 6pm
Sun: Closed

Start your adventure at Motte & Bailey Booksellers near Kerrytown, Ann Arbor.

Motte & Bailey Booksellers

HINTS

Lost or stuck? These hints will point you in the right direction.


ANSWERS

Frustrated?
Here’s the answer to the first two. But you still have to earn Minerva’s trust at the last puzzle.

MISSION C


This Adventure Takes
0
Minutes

Open
Mon-Sat: 11am – 6pm
Sun: Closed

Start your adventure at Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger in downtown Ann Arbor and check out the bonus puzzle in the burger line!

Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

HINTS

Lost or stuck? These hints will point you in the right direction.


ANSWERS

Frustrated?
Here’s the answer to the first three. But you still have to earn Minerva’s trust at the last puzzle.

MISSION D


This Adventure Takes
0
Minutes

Open
Mon: 11am – 7:30pm
Tue-Thur: 11am – 8:30pm
Fri-Sat: 11am – 9:30pm
Sun: 1pm – 7pm

Start your adventure on the second floor of Crazy Wisdom in downtown Ann Arbor.

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room

HINTS

Lost or stuck? These hints will point you in the right direction.


ANSWERS

Frustrated?
Here’s the answer to the first three. But you still have to earn Minerva’s trust at the last puzzle.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

MISSION A

Select the Archive File that corresponds to your Mission
and enter the correct password to unlock the file.
(Find passwords by playing Part 2: Minerva's Escape with your Decode Detroit badge.)

MISSION A

Click Here

MISSION B

Click Here

MISSION C

Click Here

MISSION D

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