This Free Mystery Game Takes You Around the Philippines in an Hour

Enjoy it from the comforts of your home.

Free Mystery Game
El Nido, Palawan
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( Visiting the Philippines' more than 7,000 islands can take a lifetime, unless you're one of the intrepid travelers who are on a mission to tick off the country's 81 provinces on your bucket list. But with a cool gamified virtual tour by Mystery Manila and Department of Tourism, you can discover the country's famous landmarks and destinations from 60 to 90 minutes. Where In The Philippines Is Sam San Mateo? is available for free all Sundays of December. You can also book a private game for your family or friends for P399 per player.


Through the help of live tour guides from various parts of the country, you are to track down fictional travel vlogger Sam San Mateo as he goes from one province to another and leaves behind clues to his next stop. You get to interact with locals, participate in local activities, and make choices that will affect your mission.

Pre-pandemic, Mystery Manila is known to host escape room games at their branches in Makati, Pasig, and Quezon City. But with current restrictions, they've decided to go online and set up mystery games via Zoom—aptly called "Zoomdunnit." Aside from Where In The Philippines Is Sam San Mateo?, they also have The Murderous Meeting, where you take over a virtual-board meeting; Revenge at the Reunion, where you're reunited with high school friends and enemies and figure out who's the killer before another one of you gets murdered; The Missing Masterpiece, where you have to figure out why a million-dollar masterpiece went missing right before an art auction; and more.

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To book any Mystery Manila Zoomdunnit game, head over to their website and select a game, date, time, and number of players. Payment can be done via online bank transfer, Grabpay, GCash,, over-the-counter banking, and business centers.

For more information, follow Mystery Manila on Facebook. To register for a free Where In The Philippines Is Sam San Mateo? game, visit the booking page.

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