THE MACKEM MONSTER HUNT
WHEN THE MONSTERS TAKE OVER SUNDERLAND
THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN...
Thirteen - an unlucky number for some but not when you're monster hunting in Sunderland!
From Friday 23 October until Sunday 1 November, you can find your favourite creatures hidden on landmark buildings.
You will find a combination of fun inflatable and Augmented Reality Monsters in the form of an outdoor community trail for all.
The monster trail can be downloaded via a bespoke app on to any smartphone, which will guide you to the various locations across Sunderland city centre.
The MaCkem Monster trail and app will be available from Friday 23 October.
HOW TO START MONSTER HUNTING!
Download the app
Meet Triff one of the AR characters that can be captured at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens!
You will be able to download the 'Sunderland Experience' app from your app store from Friday 23 October.
You will find six inflatable monster installations alongside seven Augmented Reality creatures!
You will be able to use exciting augmented reality technology alongside a GPS enabled map which tracks your location in real-time, to discover the City like never before.
Capture and share moments with family and friends as you interact with our fun virtual characters and physical installations along the route in a safe, socially distanced way.
You will find the app on the apple store and google play please search for 'Sunderland Experience'.
Get the Google Play link - HERE
Unfortunately, some phones are just not AR compatible, which is why we have a mixed trail of fun inflatables and AR creatures for you to enjoy.
BE SAFE, BE AWARE
Please watch your step, mind your phone and adhere to the guidelines.
It's not only monsters you can collect
Asiana Fusion Restaurant
Receive £5 off any dine-in main course.
FLOWERS BY JENNIFER
Get 10% off with any in-store purchase.
Show the app to receive your Halloween offer.
20% off when you spend over £40 on clothes and/or beers.
Bou-chique women's clothes
10% discount to all in-store customers.
Grinder Coffee Co.
Enjoy a coffee and a cake for £4.
THE LOOKING GLASS
Free kids Halloween dessert with every meal.
Xtras in the Bridges
Spend £10 on Halloween products and receive
a free tube of blood.
Coffeehaus. Independent Coffee Shop
A free hot drink with any purchased bake over £2.
HARRY'S GAME SHACK
Receive 25% off gameplay on Sat-Sun.
Pop's Candy Sweet Shop
Get 10% off with any in-store purchase.
THE BRIDGES SUNDERLAND
Enter your details in-app to be in with the chance to win a £100 gift card.
The Monster Hunt App
Our Monster Hunt has been designed for you to enjoy the city centre in a safe and socially distanced way. There are 13 spooktacular monsters running riot around the city and we need you to join our team of Monster Hunters to capture them once and for all. There are 6 inflatable monster installations and 7 virtual augmented reality monsters to discover at ghostly locations across the city.
Use the map in the app to find and capture each one. Stay safe out there and have a wonderful time!
FAQ for SUNDERLAND EXPERIENCE APP
Is the app free?
Does the app use lots of battery?
Does the app take a long time to download?
Is the app family-friendly?
How do I know where I’m going?
How do I find the monsters?
How do I get access to, and use the local retail offers?
Will there be future trails?
How do I use AR?
Can I share my monsters on social media?
Yes, the app is entirely free and has no in-app purchases.
Game-based and AR (Augmented Reality) apps do use quite a lot of battery, so make sure your device has a full charge before you embark on your trail. Perhaps make sure someone else in your group has a device with them in case the battery runs low, and you need a phone to coordinate your return home!
The app will download with a four or 5G connection but, because of the AR, it is quite large. We recommended you download the app where you have a WIFI connection if at all possible.
Yes. However, some (but not all) of the monsters might be a little frightening for very young children. Adults should use their judgement, but we believe the app is appropriate for children aged at least six years and up. For young children, please ensure the app is used with the supervision of an adult. However, remember there are Six not-so-scary inflatable monsters too!
GPS has been used to track your location within the City Centre. On the map view, you’ll see an icon moving along the trail route (the icon is you!) and this will help you find your way along the trail and identify where the real and virtual monsters are hiding.
After you’ve successfully captured a monster, the app will notify you of an offer. The app will store your offer in the offers section of the main menu, see ‘Sign Up & My Offers’ which includes details of how to redeem the offer.
Yes, we are planning seasonal trails for you to enjoy. The next one is Christmas where you’ll meet all your favourite traditional Christmas characters, launching 19th November.
AR places a digital character into the real world setting in front of you. The app will automatically open your camera view to trigger the digital monsters. It will look for a flat surface to put the monster onto so please follow the instructions carefully and point your device at the floor before looking at and enjoying the virtual monster.
Yes. The app lets you capture an image of your monster once you’ve found it. Try and catch a great photo of your or a family member with the monsters and share your favourite pictures online using @SunderlandBID #makemmonsterhunt.
TAKE YOUR MONSTERS HOME
Create your own monsters at home with our colouring-in templates.
CREATE YOUR OWN MONSTER HUNT!
MONSTER COLOURING SHEETS
ARTventurers has created these templates for you to colour in and create your own monster hunt at home - Why not share with friends and family to create a community trail.
We'd love to see your creations on the Halloween Virtual Parade.
KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE
HELP TO Stop The SPREAD
To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe this The Council is asking us to avoid trick or treating at Halloween.
We've created this polite notice for you to use if you wish.