Last updated 8 months ago by Michael Darmanin
Great news for all you questers out there!
A mobile app is now getting more and more people to go out and explore our great city as they search for The Monster of Utrecht
You will play the role of a person sent by a museum to find a mythical monster that has been sighted in Utrecht. Will you be able to find the creature?
You will start at Utrecht Centraal and go on a quest around Utrecht by solving clues that will unlock stories, all this on your smartphone. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked.
Along the way, you’ll find fascinating stories about the elusive monster of Utrecht, and you will discover secrets about the buildings you visit. It will take you from 1 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. The route is 3km long.
You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure.
As you solve the clues, you’ll discover new locations and stories. See the trailer below:
How to try out the app?
- Download the Questo app from the Play or iTunes store
- Create an account in the Questo app
- Allow Questo to view your location
- You should now see ‘The Monster of Utrecht’ quest show up in your list of quests
- Click on ‘Buy it for 9.99 EUR’
- Click on ‘Coupon Code’ and enter the coupon code ‘utrechtcentral’
Questo is the mobile city exploration game present in 40 European cities like London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Vienna or Budapest. The Netherlands, Questo has quests in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Linschoten, Tilburg, ‘S-Hertogenbosch and Breda.
Questo allows users to explore cities by solving clues in order to discover new places and stories about them. Each route (quest) they explore is based on a specific theme, which can be inspired by a movie, a book, a historical fact or just a legend. In London, for instance, users can explore the city as Sherlock Holmes or Isaac Newton, while in Paris they can play as Hemingway or Picasso.
Alex Govoreanu, CEO and Co-founder of Questo tells us:
“We aim to disrupt the market of city activities and things to do by offering locals and travelers a new fun way to explore cities using their smartphone.
Our mobile app is at the crossroads of guided/walking tours and real-world games, such as Pokemon Go, and that makes it perfect for millennials and generation Zs, who are looking for fun, unique and authentic experiences”. Questo is also a previous winner of the Booking.com Booster Lab 2018 in Tel Aviv.
[gard align=”right”]Last year, an incredible number of 35,000 people finished a quest while walking more than 100.000 kilometers to discover popular and hidden locations, as well as local stories.
As of today, the app has over 100 available quests created by a growing network of local content creators.
Creators can submit ideas using the Questo Creator Room. They can be purchased inside the Questo iOS and Android apps, on TripAdvisor and on GetYourGuide, for prices ranging from 8 to 20 Euro. Govoreanu added:
“Questo offers players the freedom to explore cities at their own pace and on their own terms. They can start and pause the game whenever they want to spend more time visiting an attraction they love, stop to eat at a local restaurant or just take a break. Also, our players appreciate the joy of exploring a city with a group of friends that quickly become a memorable game with friends competing to solve the riddles faster.”,
Questo also works with brands such as Samsung, KFC, Bitdefender, tourism agencies and other companies to create custom quests that offer a unique and gamified experience for their customers and employees.