If you’re the sort who simply can’t stand the idea of participating in an Escape Room-esque experience, then it probably means you haven’t been to Virtual Room SG yet. With bases set up across the world in countries like Paris, Brussels, Geneva and São Paulo, Virtual Room SG has completely re-written the rules of the local Escape Room experience despite its relatively recent entry into the market here in Singapore.
For starters, Virtual Room SG focuses on quality, not quantity. That’s exactly why it’s games are capped at a minimum of two players to a maximum of four players per mission. Forget ever having to mull around large groups to solve problems which most of the time, don’t exactly make for excellent bonding time. Even though you have to work alongside partners on each mission, each participant is assigned to an individual room—giving you the space and freedom to move and experiment while keeping you connected with your buddies the entire time. Don’t ever worry about running out of rooms. Virtual Room SG has 22 rooms to choose from(they basically occupy the entire basement of Lucky Chinatown), making it the largest outlet in the world.
In a world where the term VR is thrown about so carelessly, it’s heartening to know that establishments like Virtual Room SG actually care about delivering a full-fledged VR experience. This boils down to the fact that each room is fitted out with HTC Vive VR headset and a pair of Knuckles controllers supported by a state-of-the-art PC with an Intel Core i7-7700 processor, 16GB of DDR4 memory, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. The proof is in the pudding as the seamless VR experience speaks volumes about the quality of the system, with no glitches and hang-ups, adding to the life-like experience of it all.
Your partner/s and you will be transported through a diverse array of missions ranging from outer space to medieval times and ancient Egypt to name a few and you’ll have about 5-7 minutes to complete each mission. This gives you more than enough time to both have fun and still ensure you complete the mission especially if you are mucking around with the props and surroundings (which is what everyone does anyway). An entire mission lasts about 45 minutes which is just the right duration to leave you wanting for more without being a complete overkill.
Despite the life-like experience, the missions are pretty family-friendly for now. So don’t expect a whole lot of gore or violence. But fret not, a new mission is launching real soon which we’ve been told will take the game to a higher level so fingers crossed, we’ll be shooting the heads off zombies soon.
by Prabhu Silvam