The Solver Puzzle Hunt is a new type of experience that combines independent film and gaming. Drawn from the world of puzzles, mysteries and escape rooms, the game sets up the characters and conflicts of the forthcoming feature film “Solver,” which is set to launch in early 2018 and stars Custer High School graduate Kerry Knuppe.
“Our fans are disappointed with formulaic, big-budget Hollywood movies that struggle despite millions of dollars in advertising,” says Jack Kelley, producer of “Solver.” “They want a new kind of experience that’s challenging, interactive and meaningful.”
Launching Dec. 1 via social media (Instagram: @solverfilm), the Solver Puzzle Hunt features unique puzzles.
Kelley and the Solver team have bigger goals than just entertainment, though. “Most people don’t equate education and fun. But puzzles and games develop the same kind of problem-solving skills we need from new generations of engineers and scientists,” said Kelley.
To that end, team Solver is working to support several organizations that promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics such as the Smithsonian Science Education Center, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Museum of Mathematics and the Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection at Indiana University’s Lilly Library.
“Developing our mental skills needs to be dynamic, fun and engaging. Puzzles are a great way to do that. Science and problem-solving are cool – and the key to our survival,” Kelley said.
So what makes solving puzzles so engaging? According to Dave Moursund of the University of Oregon, “Your mind/brain learns by developing and storing patterns. As you work to solve a problem […] you draw upon these stored patterns of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom […] The fun is in meeting the challenge of the puzzle[!]”
An all-ages mystery-adventure, the film builds on the world established by the Solver Puzzle Hunt and releases Jan. 29 on National Puzzle Day.