The Port Game is a tablet-guided hybrid live game in the Port of Amsterdam. We designed it as an experiment to see if we could deviate from the by- now-conventional game mechanics of live escape room games, and create competitive game that consists of a number of ‘mini’ escape rooms in an open field. Connecting these challenges is a custom-created iPad app that serves as both a classic ‘treasure hunt’ GPS guide, as well as a console for the different puzzles, adapting to each of the challenges.
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Digital-Live action hybrid
Our vision for The Port Game is for it to be a game that grows and becomes more amazing over time, so we couldn't use technology that would limit that wish. We decided to make a completely custom app, so that we could more easily expand it when desired. And sure enough, halfway through the production phase, we had an idea to add an optical pattern recognition puzzle to one of the challenges. Thanks to it being our own app, by our own developers Thomas and Mattia, this was actually quite quickly implemented. I hope we will experience many more such enrichments over time.
*Speaking of 'over time' - officially The Port Game is a one season only production, but if successful enough, we will bring it back for two more summers, as well as look for an indoor location massive enough to house all its challenges.
Pushing our industry
We've tried to push the boundaries of our still young industry. Escape rooms are ever blossoming worldwide, but we expect the market soon to transcend this format and evolve into a broader live game industry. The Port Game is our second project breaking with the escape room format, and with it, we literally broke down the walls. Instead of a maximum of 6 people per experience, we can now host 42. We've also doubled the playtime to 2 hours instead of the standard 60 minutes. We don't know which our experiments will prove themselves on the long run, but we're really excited to be innovating and experimenting with the genre.