Up to 4,000 players will attempt to battle their way out of Yio Chu Kang Stadium next weekend, in what is being billed as Singapore's largest-scale and most ambitious escape game to date.
The hour-long game, titled Escape From The Walled City, is based on the popular Japanese anime series Attack On Titan.
It will be held at Yio Chu Kang Stadium over four sessions from Dec 13 to 14. Events company Vivid Creations is partnering the Japanese creators of the Real Escape Game to import the game from Japan. Each session is expected to draw between 800 and 1,000 people.
The game is set in a world where most of humanity has been devastated by a mysterious group of human-eating giants known as the Titans. The survivors have to flee for their lives when the fortress they are holed up in is eventually breached by the Titans.
This is the first time that such a large-scale game has left Japan, says Mr Danny Widodo, business development leader for Real Escape Game in Singapore. The firm has held such games here in the past, but with 200 players at most.
"I remember how it felt so different when I played it in Japan and saw so many people running around, trying to solve the puzzle and get out," he tells Life! at a media preview of the event yesterday.
"We decided to bring this to Singapore because the response to our previous escape games was heartening."
The game was first played in a stadium in Yokohama, Japan, in February with only 120 out of 1,600 participants making it out.
It features a series of intricately designed and interconnected puzzles, which individuals have to solve in a race against a ticking clock. They can opt to play alone, but are advised to team up.
"It's really not easy," says civil servant Andrew Lee, 30, an escape game fan who has tried 10 such games here and played in a trial for the event.
"I would give this a 11 out of 10 for difficulty. This is a challenge that will test your thinking and deduction skills."
Another escape enthusiast, engineer Alvin Koh, 34, says: "The secret to success in such games is team spirit and communication. It's enjoyable as you have to work with others to escape."
Real-life escape games, where about eight to 10 participants are trapped in rooms and must solve puzzles and clues to break free, are drawing more people here. There are now at least 10 companies offering such games, up from three in 2012.
They are also a hit in countries such as Japan and Hungary, where rent for abandoned buildings to stage them is cheap.
Coincidentally, the Asian Civilisations Museum is also organising a similar game on its premises next Friday and Saturday - the first such event to be held in a museum here.
Response to the museum event has been "overwhelming", with all 2,770 slots for the public sold out, a spokesman told Life!.
About 60 per cent of slots have been taken up for Escape From The Walled City, says Mr Widodo.
Vivid is organising one more mass- scale escape game, to be held in February at Gardens by the Bay while another islandwide one is being planned for the later half of next year.
ATTACK ON TITAN X REAL ESCAPE GAME: ESCAPE FROM THE WALLED CITY
When: Dec 13 and 14, 1 or 5 pm on both days
Where: Yio Chu Kang Stadium
Admission: $27 for standard ticket, $33 at the door
Info: Go to www.realegame.sg
This article was first published on December 3, 2014.
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