The Cabaret Voltaire was once nothing but a philosophical discussion about Art, culture, and politics—fueled by a few anise-flavoured absinthes. As time passed, however, it would rapidly become the most popular spot in Zürich. Nestled in the back of the once empty Gottfried’s Bar, it would draw crowds from all corners of the city, and from all walks of life.
This drove its creators absolutely mad.
Every word that is spoken and sung here says at least one thing: that this humiliating age has not succeeded in winning our respect
Although the Cabaret Voltaire had been founded as a sophisticated rejection of wealth, war, and the culture of its age, the very people who partook in the culture being maligned would arrive in droves. This contradiction led to the acts shifting to the exaggerated and extreme, with some shows famously featuring nothing but performers mocking their audience or spastically flailing with little to no intention of entertaining. Pianists would deliberately strike the wrong notes, singers would sing off-key, but nothing could deter their audience from attending. In disgust, its creators eventually constructed a brick wall to keep anyone they did not wish to attend barricaded from entering the Cabaret. Somehow, this still proved to be a poor deterrent and, ultimately, the Cabaret was forced to close.
Your friend Hans, a bartender at Gottfried’s Bar during the Cabaret’s run, has uncovered a dastardly plot from the creators of the Cabaret—in an act of defiance, they have managed to steal famous pieces of Art from all around Europe, and plan to destroy them at the strike of midnight. You have an hour to get inside the Cabaret to either stop the destruction of priceless pieces of Art, or steal them for yourself. Your time starts now.