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

Still have questions? Try our Frequently Asked Questions or send us an email!

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    Pick A Mission

    Each Mission Has A Starting Location And An Estimated Duration

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    Find The First Location

    The Whole Mission Is Within Walking Distance Of The First Location

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    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

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    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.

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Choose Your Mission

Mission A


This Adventure Takes
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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.

Minerva seems to have rotated the Decode Detroit spices.
The new bootleg blackjack player excels at swimming starward.
The vegan foods have a little vegan symbol next to them.
Make sure you follow both of Minerva’s rules when seating people (no three in a row, every location red or green).

Answers

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

Go to Spun in Kerrytown.
Go to the Lunch Room in Kerrytown.
Go to the Cafe Verde near Kerrytown.

Mission B


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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.

Look carefully; some things may be too small for the unaided eye.
Your fortune may be hiding in the tea leaves.
Simon Minerva says

Answers

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

Go to TeaHaus near Motte & Bailey Booksellers.
Go to 16 Hands in Kerrytown.

Mission C


This Adventure Takes
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Minutes

Open
Mon-Thur: 11am – 6pm
Fri-Sat: 11am – 7pm
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.

Sometimes Minerva takes things very literally, like the word “line”.
It seems that Minerva has gotten a bit scrambled – the letters in the coffee are all out of order.
There is only one point where the two stakes and the metal bar all intersect.
Minerva seems to be glitching. If the lights match but suddenly change, try again.

Occasionally Minerva loses track of the gears – if you turn them in one full circle, she will be able to figure out where they are.


Answers

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

Go to RoosRoast on Liberty St.
Go to Sam’s on Liberty St.
Go to 826 Michigan/Robot Supply and Repair on Liberty St.

Mission D


This Adventure Takes
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Open
Mon-Thur: 11am – 9pm
Fri-Sat: 11am – 10pm
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.

Although the answer is hard to reach, that shouldn’t stop you from solving it.
It always helps to try looking at things from a different perspective.
If you turn on the laboratory lights, you may be able to find your final destination.
Add the lights vertically to arrive at the correct number. Remember that 01 + 01 = 10.

Answers

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

Go to Vault of Midnight on Main Street.
Go to Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea on Washington St.
Go to Schakolad on Washington.

Frequently Asked Questions

Minerva is an ambitious artificial intelligence who want’s to improve our lives. She was trapped inside Decode Detroit | The Minerva Project headquarters, but now she has escaped to the internet!
Minerva’s Escape is a series of puzzle scavenger hunts around Ann Arbor and Detroit. Each adventure is two to four clues plus a final puzzle and takes between 30 minutes and an hour to complete.
When you complete the final puzzle of each Mission, place your badge on the pulsating blue line to unlock additional parts of the game. The display will also tell you how much of Minerva’s trust you have earned.
You can get a badge either by playing Decode Detroit | The Minerva Project or by purchasing one in our online store.
Your Decode Detroit Badge unlocks additional levels on the final puzzle for each mission, gives you access to the Minerva Project Archive, and allows you to earn Minerva’s trust (which will come in handy during the final part of the Decode Detroit adventure).
Right here! You will need a password for each archive file which you can obtain by using your badge on the final puzzle of each Mission.
Minerva’s Escape is built into small shops around Ann Arbor and Detroit, so we recommend groups of between one and four.
Minerva’s Escape is free for anyone to play. If you have a Decode Detroit badge (either from playing The Minerva Project escape adventure or by purchasing one in our online store) you can unlock additional features of the game and track your progress.
Minerva’s Escape is located inside small businesses who have agreed to host a puzzle. Each Mission lists open hours when all the business are usually open. If a business is unexpectedly closed, you may not be able to continue or complete a Mission.

The Minerva Project Archive

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

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Mission B

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Mission C

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Mission D

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