Excitement, trepidation, and a whole lot of awesome. That was what the NTP crew experienced when we checked out Singapore’s inaugural Real Escape Game at CHIJMES Hall last Friday.
For an hour, we were invited to immerse ourselves in an interactive production filled with puzzles galore, to beat the clock and to find a means of egress from The Mysterious Cathedral.
The game was reminiscent of Japanese video games such as 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Hotel Dusk: Room 215, and Real Escape Game players are tasked to solve a series of math, logic, and word puzzles, piece together clues, and to uncover key lock combinations, and passwords instrumental to making good their escape.
We were certainly impressed by the depth and complexity of the puzzles, which required a fair bit of ingenuity, lots of scrambling around, and deductive reasoning to complete.
Hats off to Mr. Takao Kato, the 36-year-old creator of the game for bridging the virtual world and reality, and for bringing this amazing concept to life.
We had a great time at the event, and while we didn’t escape in time (we were stumped by the final puzzle and solved it only at the very last instant), it was truly an hour well spent and an unforgettable experience.
If you’d missed the Real Escape Game last weekend, fret not. Volume 2’s in the works, and it’s set to take place at youth haven *SCAPE sometime in May. We also got wind that it’s gonna involve werewolves this time, so it’s definitely gonna be a game with bite!
That’s it from us for now. We’ll see you at Volume 2!