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Adventure in this ancient Egyptian pharaoh's TOMB, solving hands-on puzzles, dodging traps, and (hopefully) making it out alive...

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This project's funding goal was not reached on July 15, 2012.

About this project

If you ever wished you could climb into Indiana Jones' shoes for an adventure, TOMB is for you.

TOMB is a walk-through, physically immersive adventure game, experienced in a detailed, realistic recreation of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh's burial chambers. You, and your group of adventurous friends, are given flashlights and, after solving the puzzle on the large stone entrance door, enter a ~30 minute long experience where you will need all of your wits to get out alive!

Your team solves puzzles, both mental and physical, as you work together to advance through the TOMB, one room at a time.  You are surrounded by amazing sets, computer controlled lighting, a booming original score, and dramatic special effects, ranging from a dropping ceiling to mind bending illusions.

This is not a video game.  This is not virtual reality.  This is not a board game or tabletop game.  This is a hands-on, puzzle solving adventure in a real, physical setting.

This is not a haunted house or a theme park ride.  The choices you make and the skill displayed by you and your team actually matter -- to the outcome of the adventure and to your score.

Yes.  We can.  We have built four successful walk-through adventures over the last eight years and hosted over 700,000 guests to date.

  • Tomb, the original (now open in Pigeon Forge, TN)
  • Operation Spy (open in the International Spy Museum, Washington DC)
  • Espionage (open at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA)
  • 20,000 Leagues (also open at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA)

This is not a computer rendering or a photoshop creation.  This is an actual photograph of one of the rooms of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh's burial chamber that the 5 Wits team has previously constructed.

We were brainstorming the other day, and I found myself saying “we should put our plans for the new show up on the web and get feedback -- we could pre-sell tickets and give special rewards to the people that support us, and…” and I suddenly realized, I was describing Kickstarter.  There’s already an amazing community of enthusiastic, creative, game-playing, adventure-loving people right here, who would be super psyched to make 5 Wits’ next generation, Indiana Jones-style Egyptian temple adventure come to life. 

We have a dream...  A dream that someday people will not feel confined to staring at glowing rectangles (more commonly called "screens") to experience adventure.  Get off the couch and make it REAL.  The new TOMB will be the culmination of eight years of learning, and we can think of no better audience to be part of our launch than the great community of Kickstarter.

If we are successful in reaching our goal, the money will be used to purchase materials for the show -- both the mundane, like plywood and paint, and the more exciting: electronics, lighting, and control hardware that runs this interactive experience.

The TOMB experience is fully automated, with a control system monitoring your performance and adjusting parameters of the show appropriately.  There are dozens of features like computer controlled lighting, atmospheric effects, illusions, and challenging hands-on puzzles.  The entire experience is accompanied by an original soundtrack to complete your immersion.

If we exceed our goal, we have some great ideas for additions that will blow your mind.  Backers will be part of the exclusive group that gets to weigh in on those decisions and receives the inside story on what to expect in 5 Wits' next venue.

A montage of photos of the original TOMB, giving a flavor for the experience of the new adventure.  The new TOMB will, of course, be better -- we've learned a lot in the last eight years!

Some great "B-roll" video shot and edited by one of the original Tomb guides in Boston.  The new Tomb will be a whole new adventure, with some of the favorite puzzles from the original, plus some entirely new games and special effects.

A photo of the "Dynamo" puzzle in the Diving Bell, the motion simulator finale at 5 Wits' 20,000 Leagues adventure.  This is not a computer rendering, it is a photo, untouched (no photoshop).  We want the environments to FEEL like a video game or Hollywood film... but be REAL.

Infiltrate CABAL headquarters and navigate through the laser grid in 5 Wits' ESPIONAGE adventure.

A group solves a puzzle on the Bridge of the Nautilus in 5 Wits' 20,000 Leagues adventure.

"TOMB is truly a technological marvel"

"Full immersion adventure!" -Boston Globe

"The Future of Entertainment"  -Mix Magazine

"Like stepping into an Indiana Jones movie"  -Improper Bostonian

"A life-sized, hands-on version of Tomb Raider"  -The Boston Courant

"A life sized adventure game"  -Sun Chronicle

"Mind boggling special effects"  -Boston Globe

"Intense... A real-life version of a video game... We've added TOMB to our list of favorite urban adventures."

"Amazing... A truly memorable personal adventure"  -Taunton Daily Gazette

"Effects straight from Steven Spielberg"  -Boston Globe

"A little slice of Disney World in Boston"  -The Boston Phoenix

Yes!  And no!  This new TOMB is being designed and built entirely from scratch: a new set, a new plot, new special effects, new materials and methods...  But, if you are one of the lucky few hundred thousand who enjoyed the original TOMB in Boston, we plan to feature some of our guest's favorite puzzles and effects from the original as well.

We have extensive survey data from the first TOMB adventure, which ran in Boston's Fenway neighborhood from 2004-2010.  The very best gags, challenges, and special effects will be recreated in this new TOMB.  All the rest will be tossed out, and we will be creating many entirely new puzzles and visual "wow" moments for this adventure.

If you liked the first TOMB, you will love the new TOMB.  If you never caught the first TOMB... this is your chance to experience the upgraded version!

Rough draft of the Limited Edition TOMB BACKER T-shirt.


  • When funded, we plan to begin the real estate hunt in Boston, and circle outward from there until we find the "right" spot for the new adventure. Searching for the right location is nearly as hard as designing and building these adventures, in our experience! We'll start looking in the Boston area, and see where we end up...

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5 USD

    Provides the opportunity to provide input to the backers-only online conversation about the design of the TOMB, and our very sincere thanks!

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    1 backer
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    Pledge $15 or more About $15 USD

    Even if you plan to never visit the TOMB, you can still rock this sweet, limited-edition BACKER T-shirt. Shipping within the USA included.

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    8 backers
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    Pledge $20 or more About $20 USD

    Two (2) tickets to the TOMB. Nothing brings people together like a desperate struggle to escape alive!

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    10 backers
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    Pledge $30 or more About $30 USD

    SUPPORT FROM AFAR 2. Can't make it to New England, but want to support this project anyway? Receive a limited edition Tomb T-shirt (shipping included) and a digital copy of the original Tomb adventure sound track.

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    3 backers
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    Pledge $40 or more About $40 USD

    HOT DATE. Two (2) tickets to the TOMB experience, AND grab two (2) supa-dupa limited-edition T-shirts while you are here. Also includes your very own download of the original TOMB soundtrack.

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    6 backers
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    Pledge $50 or more About $50 USD

    BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY. Admission for your entire family, up to 6 guests. Unbeatable family entertainment value. Cheaper than going to the movies -- and cooler!

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    7 backers
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    Pledge $100 or more About $100 USD

    TOMB PARTY! You and up to 12 of your closest friends get a private adventure through the TOMB. Best entertainment bang-for-your-buck out there.

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    4 backers
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    Pledge $150 or more About $150 USD

    PLAY-TESTING. You and one friend will be invited to preview the TOMB and help us debug BEFORE it opens to the public. Insider access for the real fan. Receive two (2) limited edition T-shirts and the TOMB soundtrack to commemorate your experience.

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    Limited 6 backers
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    Pledge $200 or more About $200 USD

    BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR. After TOMB is completed, receive tickets for you and up to 10 friends, and get the VIP treatment: a private tour for your group to see the control room and hear how the games and special effects work.

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    Limited 6 backers
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    Pledge $400 or more About $400 USD

    REWARD FIT FOR A PHARAOH. We will translate your name into heiroglyphics and carve it into the interior wall of the actual TOMB itself. Also includes twelve (12) tickets to the show, and the TOMB soundtrack. Impress your significant other on your first journey through by saying, "Hey, that's me!"

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    Limited 0 backers
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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000 USD

    TRUSTED ADVISER. At this level, please accept our invitation to tour our Massachusetts production facility while the TOMB is being fabricated. We will buy you lunch, and seek your feedback on various design features of the TOMB, so you personally have an unprecedented level of input into the design process. Also includes twenty (20) tickets for use after opening and the TOMB soundtrack.

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    Limited 0 backers
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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000 USD

    TOMB WALL HANGING. Receive a custom made, superbly carved wall panel. This piece of art, roughly 36"x36" will be identical to those used in the walls of the TOMB, and will include your own name translated and inscribed in Egyptian hieroglyphs. Shipping anywhere in the continental US included. Also includes a dozen tickets to the show and the original TOMB soundtrack.

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    Limited 1 backer
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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500 USD

    PRIVATE EVENT. The Tomb is yours for the night, completely staffed and ready for adventure. Bring up to 100 guests ready for a party like they've never seen. Also great for corporate team-building outings, school field trips, and camp or youth groups.

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    Limited 0 backers
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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000 USD

    PHARAOH. Receive a limited edition T-shirt. And the sound track. And the wall hanging. And the play-testing and behind the scenes tours. Oh, and free admission for life... A complimentary private show for you and your guests, every time you come in. To any and every adventure 5 Wits ever operates. And thank you.

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    Limited 0 backers

Funding period

- (37 days)