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Get Trapped For Real In A Zero Escape Puzzle Room

by Joe Buchholz on Feb 19, 2016 at 10:56 AM

999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors opens with the player waking up in a grimy cruise liner cabin. The doors are locked, you’re wearing a mysterious watch displaying the number 5, and the room is slowly filling with water. Does this sound like the kind of claustrophobic situation you would want to escape from? Then Scrap games has just the place for you.

Scrap is a Japan-based game company that creates “real escape games,” locking participants into various situations where they have to escape using clues in their environment. For example, you may be tasked to escape a prison cell with cryptic symbols referencing puzzles and a distorted message blaring out of a handheld radio. Scrap aims to bring a Zero Escape themed room to its Little Tokyo location in Los Angeles this April.

Real Zero Escape: Trust On Trial will pit players against a scenario set in the Zero Escape universe. Players will have a brief 60 minutes to escape the room, which won’t be easy if Scrap’s other games are any indication. Scrap boasts that its games have a 2% success rate.

If you’ve ever wanted to feel hopelessly trapped at the mercy of a mysterious and manipulative person, this may be your closest simulation. Real Zero Escape: Trust On Trial will be open at Weller Court in Los Angeles on April 15 and tickets go on sale February 29.

If you want to experience Zero Escape’s story and are nervous about the whole escaping part, check out 999: The Novel on iOS. It's a version of the game that strips out the puzzle solving elements in favor of the story. Also, stay tuned for more information on the upcoming entry in the Zero Escape franchise.