Pokemon Escape Room starts in Japan this July

Become a legendary Pokemon trainer.

SCRAP has partnered with Nintendo to promote the new movie, Pokemon: I Choose You. A Pokemon themed escape game will follow Ash Ketchum and Pikachu from the beginning.

The pair’s journey will involve finding the legendary bird pokemon, Ho-Oh. (Check out Ho-Oh in the image above!).

Players will get to choose one of three Pokemon – Charizard, Squirtle or Bulbasaur – at the start. Depending on which Pokemon you choose, the order of the puzzles will change in the game.

There’s also two levels of difficulty to choose from. The Doctoral Course is for adults while the Trainer Course is more suited for kids to teenagers.

The escape game will test each player’s knowledge of Pokemon and visit eight cities in Japan. The cities include Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Miyagi, Kanagawa, Aichi, Okayama and Fukuoka.

The official site already warns players that waiting in the lobby can take up to fifty minutes. Once inside, players will get to enjoy the Pokemon escape game for two to three hours.

You gotta catch ’em all(!) before the Pokemon escape game ends in December 2017.

http://realdgame.jp/pokemon/main/

Thanks to Room Escape Artist for the tip!

Escape Room Movie directed by Will Wernick set to premiere in Seattle

Escape Room is set to premiere at the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) this weekend.

Here’s the back story for the movie: To celebrate Tyler’s 30th birthday, his girlfriend Christen has booked an escape room to celebrate.

The six players walk into the room but the puzzles become deadly. Soon the players realise it’s not a game and they need to win.

Otherwise it’s game over.
 
 
The festival’s website describes the movie as “the latest underground party craze, escape rooms”.
 
And the same site shares this piece of dialogue from the movie – “Fuck this puzzle!” cries out one of the frustrated players in the face of certain death.
 
 
There’s two movie screenings in Seattle with tickets costing $14 USD per person.
Friday June 9th, 9:30pm – 805 E Pine Street, Seattle
Saturday June 10th, 9:30pm – 600 Pine Street, Seattle
 
Bonus: The director Will Wernick will be attending both screenings.

There’s also no movie trailer for this Escape Room movie online yet.
 
 

Escape Room
Director: Will Wernick
Tagline: Six friends test their intelligence in a game that takes a dark turn.

Terminus – An interview with the Room Escape Divas!

The Room Escape Divas are getting ready for their next event.

An escape room.

On a moving train.

For three hours(!?!).

Thanks to Errol, Manda & Mike from the Room Escape Divas for discussing their newest adventure.
 
 
Q. Who is involved with this event and how did it get started?
Errol: There are three groups involved in this: the York Durham Heritage Railway [in Ontario, Canada], Panic Factory, and the Room Escape Divas. The railway approached Nick and Ray of Panic Factory about an escape room on a train.

They said yes.

A few weeks later, the divas did a room at Panic Factory. Afterwards, Ray casually mentioned the event they were doing.

Apparently, as soon as he said “train”, I took off my coat, sat down, and began to drill them with as many questions that I could think of.

At least, that’s the story they told me. And then I told them I was going to be involved with the project.
 
 
Q. What inspired Terminus?
Errol: I am a huge fan of adventure games, and one I particularly enjoyed was The Last Express (video game), set on the Orient Express in 1914.

The game had characters with their own agendas and would even change their plans in case the player intervened.

It was also one of the few real-time adventure games: if multiple events occurred at 4:00pm, the player could only see one of them at the time. And of course, it’s on a train.

To be honest, I create games I want to play myself. I want to feel like I’m involved in some nefarious plot and I want the environment to match that.

I’ve played a few adventure games on a train, and it’s always been one of my dreams to make an escape event on one!
 
 
Q. Are you playing as an Non-Player Character (NPC) on the night? If so – what’s your role?
Errol: Yes, I am playing a ‘train official’ for the night. We won’t have that many NPCs for this event, though.

Manda will be Train Announcer, so she will be on the intercom the whole night. And we do have on other actor, but then that goes into spoiler territory!
 
 
Q. How many cars are on the train? And how many people does each session take?
Errol: There are 144 people on this train and five cars!

They will be split up into two groups so each group will see three train cars at the most.
 
 
Q. Will teams get to wander in between train cars or will they need to visit each train car in a sequence?
Errol: For the most part, in sequence. The two main cars are the dining car and the bar car.

People will be in one or the other, but because of the tight fit walking down the cars, we don’t encourage a lot of wandering.
 
 
Q. The fourth session of Terminus is almost sold out! Are you planning a fifth session to be held?
Errol: Oh dear, no. *laugh*

As of writing, the fourth session is now sold out which is terribly exciting for us!

This is taking up the majority of my summer and is like putting on a theatre show, so as exciting as it is, I will also look forward to having one month where we can relax!

http://ydhr.ca/train/escape/
 
 

The Mummy Escape Room, kicks off in LA then heads to Tokyo


Can your team survive a battle with an undead mummy?
 
The Mummy Escape Game premiered in LA last Saturday to the media. For the general public, ticket sales are now open for games that start on June 9th.
 
Participants enter the story as security guards and encounter an ancient princess, Ahmanet. She’s risen to gain some sweet centuries old justice and potentially kick your butt along the way.
 
The story takes players through multiple rooms to outwit the warrior princess in 60 minutes. Up to ten players can play during one session.
 
Be prepared for moments in the game involving blackouts and loud noises. And the FAQ says, you’re allowed to bring a camera to help your team “capture clues” and to not upload any spoilers to the internet … uh oh.
 
And a solution walkthrough is provided at the end of the game.
 
This is SCRAP’s first movie partnership with Universal according to their press release. Hopefully there will be some other Universal movies that will also get turned into escape rooms.
 
After its LA run, the escape game moves to Tokyo and opens there on July 27th.
 
www.TheMummyEscapeGame.com
 
Los Angeles, USA
Price: $40-$45 USD per person
Location: Real Escape Room Hollywood – 6801 Hollywood Blvd 3F, Hollywood, CA

Tokyo, Japan
Price: 3,200 – 3,700 yen per person
Location: Gunkan East-Shinjuku Building, Shinjuku
 
 

Rabbits Podcast – R U Playing?

A mysterious alternate reality game on a podcast?

Sign me up.
 
Rabbits is a new podcast series and its description goes –

“When Carly Parker’s friend Yumiko goes missing under very mysterious circumstances, Carly’s search for her friend leads her headfirst into a ancient mysterious game known only as Rabbits. Soon Carly begins to suspect that Rabbits is much more than just a game, and that the key to understanding Rabbits, might be the key to the survival of our species, and the Universe, as we know it.”
 
New episodes are released twice a month on Tuesdays.
https://www.rabbitspodcast.com/

If alternate reality games had a type of mascot – it would definitely be a rabbit. And its a nod to the way how these games start – usually found by chance, like when Alice first fell through a rabbit hole and into a story.

Check out GhostInTheMachine’s blog which has a in depth review of the first episode –
The ‘Rabbits’ Podcast Has Declared “Game On” & The Stakes Are On The Rise
 
 

// Other News
The next two weeks are going to be exciting with TWO(!) escape room conferences on with Transworld’s Room Escape Show kicking off tomorrow in Canada.
 
A/N: Getting back on schedule now, apologies there have’t been many blog posts over the last month.

Behind the scenes at the Red Bull Mind Gamers competition in Budapest – Part One

Remember how the Red Bull Escape Room competition was taking a second wildcard team to Budapest?

“For four lucky players there’s still one more way to get into the Red Bull Escape Room World Finals. … A second Wildcard team will be chosen via the DxM Wildcard competition on the Red Bull Mind Gamers website.” – Intervirals

I entered the DxM Wildcard competition and decided to try my luck. For the next week I thought of the competition most days – on the train to work, at work and even before I fell asleep.

And then one day there was an email from the Red Bull team.

There was a spot on the DxM Wildcard team for me.

Fast forward to a week later and our Red Bull contact Martin introduced the Wildcard team to each other.

Our team included –
– Nick from the US, who has been the captain of Team USA at the World Puzzle Championships and an International Puzzle Party organiser.
– Megan from Canada, one of the owners of an escape room in Hamilton, Ontario called The ? Adventure. Plus according to her, has a great personality.
– Valentin from France, a student studying coding at a developer school
– And me!

Our team communicated a few times over Skype before the competition to build some rapport and finding the right time to chat across four time zones was a challenge we had to face. The only time we ever messed up a Skype conversation was because of daylight savings.

 

Flying to Budapest
Getting to Budapest required two flights, a layover in Qatar and 20+ hours of flying time – compared to most of the European teams who only had to deal with a few hours of flying. But it was all worth it to attend the competition!

Above: CSOPA Science Center

Day One
Red Bull decided to split up the competition based on proximity to Budapest and since our team was made up of different countries we got the day off. Teams playing on semi-final day two headed to CSOPA Science Center to explore some scientific exhibitions (while messing with a statue of Isaac Newton) and played one of the four escape rooms at the location.

In the afternoon, teams headed to another location to play three rounds of laser tag but after two sweaty rounds, a few people then headed to MacDonald’s.

And to finish off the day, teams then got a chance to watch the movie that brought all of us to Budapest – Mind Gamers. The DxM team was asked to stay behind after the movie and from one of the movie’s producers we got some free swag, a tshirt with the DxM logo on it.

Day Two and Day Three coverage will be posted soon.

Essa

Tune into the first ever global Escape Room World Championships this weekend in Budapest!



If you’re an escape room enthusiast, then your weekend plans are already sorted.

This weekend sees 24 teams from around the world compete in the first ever global escape room competition being hosted by Red Bull. Teams will battle it out over two semi-final days, with the tops teams then moving onto the finals on March 25th.

To catch all the action, you’ll need to tune into Red Bull TV by downloading their app.

For iPhone users: iTunes Store
For Android users: Google’s Play Store

If you have an Amazon Kindle, Chromecast, AppleTV, Amazo TV, Playstation 3/4, XBox One/360, Samsung Blu-Ray or a Windows 10 – then check out Red Bull’s instruction page here to see how to download the Red Bull TV app.

Red Bull Mind Gamers – Escape Room World Championships
Date: Saturday 25th March 2017
Time: Starts 7pm (Budapest – Hungary; UTC+1)
| Other timezones:
Sun 5am Australia; Sun 2am Singapore;
Sat 6pm London; Sat 2pm Toronto – Canada/New York, Sat 11am Los Angeles |