IF YOU happen to see people hurling giant dice in central Edinburgh this weekend do not worry, your eyes are not deceiving you.

A giant-sized board game has been installed on Castle Street as part of a £1 million campaign to attract more people into the city centre.

The Great Time Game is played on a board measuring 7.5 square metres and offers players the chance to to win more than 2,000 prizes in a head-to-head battle against the clock.

The aim of the game is to reach The Greatest Time Podium, with top prizes including overnight stays at Eden Locke, cooking lessons at restaurant Chaophraya and an interior design service from Bo Concept.

Advertising, events and a social and digital media promotion are part of the campaign, which is being funded by more than 600 businesses belonging to the Essential Edinburgh BID (Business Improvement District). The BID stretches from West Princes Street along to the new Edinburgh St James and up to George Street.

Roddy Smith, chief executive of Essential Edinburgh, said: “I am so excited to bring a giant board game to Edinburgh.

“Not only is The Great Time Game really fun to play, and a first for the city, it perfectly depicts the aim of The Sign of a Great Time campaign, to show just how much variety is on offer along Edinburgh’s city centre streets.”

“I’d encourage locals and visitors alike to come down to Castle Street and try their hand at The Great Time Game, it’s free to play and will really show how much is on offer in Edinburgh’s varied and vibrant city centre.”