When I realized my husband would be turning 30, I decided I wanted to do something a little more memorable than a dinner or a gift card for his birthday. So, I rented him a spaceship. More accurately, I booked us a trip to Proxima Command, an escape room-style experience in Toronto, Canada, that’s much closer to an extended, Choose Your Own Adventure-style session of Star Trek: Bridge Crew than a traditional, puzzle-based escape room. We headed down to Christie Street, one of the quiet and enigmatic stretches of Toronto filled with charming independent shops and restaurants. We showed up as a group of six for our booking and were invited into a briefing room, where we were asked if we had any sensitivity to a water-based smoke machine or flashing lights, and received a brief rundown of the journey we were about to embark on. Proxima Command takes place in a dark room that has been outfitted with dozens of tablets and monitors on the wall, a speaker system that projects the voice … [Read more...] about Proxima Command blends escape rooms with Star Trek bridge antics
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Happy holidays! Time to see what’s in your stocking. Oh, it’s another copy of The Golf Handbook (Third Edition). And some toenail clippers. Great. No, honestly, that’s fine. It’s not like little Jemima over there is dashing about in her cool lion slippers, making you ache for an era of innocence and novelty that you can never revisit. And who cares if she’s clashing her dinosaur figurines over the ruins of a Lego city? You certainly don’t. Why, you barely notice as her damned wonderful slippers go “rarr” with every step. Oh well, better go set the table for dinner. No! We won’t allow it. Turn that holiday frown upside-holiday-down, adult friend of mine. Children do not have a monopoly on fun. Here are six playthings that’ll make you click, smile, discover, and giggle. These are all toys as much as they are games, and they’re your real stocking fillers. Enjoy. Ah, Vectorpark. King of the clickytoys. Boss of baubles. … [Read more...] about 7 toylike games to play during the winter holidays
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a visual novel in possession of a good plot must be in want of at least half a dozen grizzly murders, a dollop of deep philosophy lectures, time travel and lots and lots of escape-the-room puzzles. After all, simply clicking your way through a story one text box at a time is BORING and TEDIOUS and not at all fun, especially when there’s nobody getting mysteriously offed behind the scenes whenever you stop looking at them for one goddamn second. Did I mention the thing about the murders? Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is actually two visual novels in one, which arguably just makes it even better and further cements its place as top bestest best visual novel of all time, fact, no recounts. The first is a remastered version of the Nintendo DS classic, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, in which you and eight other kidnapped strangers wake up on a replica of the Titanic with bombs strapped to your wrists in the form of handy … [Read more...] about Have You Played… Zero Escape: The Nonary Games?
At this year's E3, perpetually young actor Elijah Wood giggled his way onto the stage to announce Transference, a psychological thriller being made by his film company SpectreVision in collaboration with the development team at Ubisoft Montreal.Whilst Transference can be played in non-VR for those without headsets, the proper way to experience this trippy take on an 'escape room' is in virtual reality. I was able to test out a 15 minute slice of the action on the Oculus Rift this week at Gamescom and you can watch my escapades in the video below. The demo kicks off with a live action cutscene featuring actor Macon Blair (Blue Ruin, Green Room) talking directly to the camera as he records some sort of cryptic video message. One of SpectreVision's aims with Transference is to bridge the gap between films and games. As a result, short live action videos feature regularly throughout the gameplay where they flash up like fragmented memories that serve as hints to the protagonist's back … [Read more...] about Hands on with Transference, an abstruse VR thriller that’s part movie, part game
My nerves have been sufficiently jangled and my trigger-finger sufficiently itched by the glut of action games which landed in the closing months of last year. I crave an altogether more sedate beginning to 2018, and so my mind turns to games in which violence, reflex or any other kind of unblinking attentiveness takes a back seat. Primarily we’re talking violence-free games here, but I wanted to drill a little deeper than that – so nothing that generally requires a competitive streak. I’m chasing a certain feel rather than a certain category. Flying, walking, puzzling, driving, building, dreaming, climbing, stretching, swinging (not like that), swimming, wondering: these are just a few of the ways in which flashing pixels can make you feel a very different sort of accomplishment. And, of course, these are not even slightly the be-all and end-all of non-violent games on PC – please do nominate more in comments below. Superflight (official site) An extremely … [Read more...] about The 20 best non-violent games on PC