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Australia Escape Room Week – 11th to 17th Sep 2017

Play an escape room in Australia this week for a good cause.

The owners (Jesse & Chris) of Riddle Room in Canberra have organised Australia’s first Escape Week! 20% of all profits during the week will be donated to The Black Dog Institute.

The goal is to raise $30,000 AUD for the charity.

Jesse and Chris said, “We chose Black Dog Institute because we wanted to support a charity that has an impact on our biggest demographic of customers [who are] 20 to 40 years old.”

“Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Australians and Black Dog is doing great work to understand, prevent and treat mental illness around the country.”

Find a list of participating escape rooms across Australia at: www.escapeweek.com.au

Or donate to their online campaign via EveryDayHero:
https://give.everydayhero.com/au/escape-week-australia-2017

Essa 🙂

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KFC Virtual Training Escape Room: The Hard Way

Tell me, do you like games?

Until you learn how to make my chicken right, you will not be allowed to leave.

KFC have created a virtual reality escape room to teach new trainees.

The Hard Way is a five step process on how to cook fried chicken. To escape the kitchen, trainees will need to play the mini games and pass the final challenge.

The virtual experience is powered by Oculus Rift head sets and runs for ten minutes. Here’s a full walk through of the experience – warning: spoilers!

 
Best comments seen so far:
– From Youtube:
Five nights at KFC
I didn’t know Aperture Laboratories had a KFC

From Eator: You can’t escape the room until you learn how to fry chicken

Polish Escape Room Championships at WroEscape 2017


Wroclaw, a city in western Poland is the home of the country’s first escape room.

So it’s fitting the city plays host to a huge escape room event in October.

WroEscape2017 is a three day escape room conference for fans and owners to come together. Attendees will hear from industry speakers and have the chance to view exhibitor stalls on the day.

The biggest event the conference will have is the Polish Escape Room Championships. Teams of 2-4 players had to compete in an online qualification game.

The top teams are currently competing at the regional stage until the end of September. They must visit their region’s allocated escape room and qualify with a fast time to reach the finals.

At the finals, three special rooms will be built and played by the top ten teams from across Poland.

Which team will become the first Polish Escape Room champions?

Thanks to the Logic Escapes Me who told me about this championship back in June. ;D

 

Escape the Night: Season Two on Youtube

One night to escape.

Escape the Night is back for Season Two on Youtube. Last season, the evil house was contained but the evil found its way back to Joey.

Another ten Youtubers are transported to a new era (Victorian style) and to a new house of evil.

As the party starts, we’re introduced to Allison who warns people to leave. Her father Dorian is up to something.

The guests soon realise they have walked into a trap – a dinner for vampires. To save their friend Joey, they’ll have to destroy Dorian with three things – purified salt, a sun stone and a stake from Van Helsing.

This season looks to be even better – more explosions and the actors engage in amazing fight scenes. There are even animations on the video to help viewers see how puzzles are being solved.

The first episode is available for free on Youtube now, while the rest of season two is on Youtube Red.

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/