iReal Zero Escapen/a    Readers' selection (2016-04-19)

I just got back from the Real Zero Escape game in Los Angeles!

Real Zero Escape is organized by SCRAP, which had its start in Japan. They have organized several anime themed Real Escape games, not limited to Neon Genesis Evangelion, Attack on Titan, One Piece, and Space Brothers.
Real Zero Escape is based on the Zero Escape game series (999, Virtue's Last Reward, Zero Time Dilemma).

I have no idea how many people are fans of the series here, but it was definitely worth it!

There's not quite a requirement to have played the games before going to this Real Escape game, but the hidden Easter eggs and immersion is definitely better if you've played and loved the series.

I'm not gonna give any puzzle spoilers here, but attending it was an emotional roller coaster.

[SMALL PLOT SPOILER AHEAD (though if you're familiar with the Zero Escape series, it's gonna be a given)]

When I first got "kidnapped" I was actually pretty afraid, which soon gave into a mild panic as my friends and I were split and locked into 3 separate rooms. The puzzles were challenging, especially since it required teamwork and support from all participants.

When I finally escaped the first room and reunited with my friends, it was so emotional and I nearly cried and my friends held each other and we laughed at our success.

Of course the entire game was not so easy, as we were tasked with more and more puzzles.

This story is not a completely happy one, as I'm disappointed to say we didn't survive the challenge and were "killed" in the end due to the time limit. It made me frustrated to feel so close to escaping with everyone, and knowing we were on the cusp of victory... If we had 10 more minutes.

The challenge is hard! I underestimated the difficulty and came in thinking I was going to escape "alive" but I was pretty naive. So far only two out of 12 teams these past 3 days have succeeded in escaping! I really wanted me and my group of friends to be the third escaping group but we failed oops.

Real Zero Escape is still ongoing and will run for a few more months as far as I know. I do recommend it very much, so if you have the time I highly suggest you grab a few friends and get ready to escape or die trying!

Would you try Real Zero Escape?

  • 6.12%
    Already did it/bought tickets!
  • 22.45%
    I'd love to do it!
  • 61.22%
    I would go if it was in my area
  • 4.08%
    Nah, I'm no good under that pressure...
  • 6.12%
    It doesn't interest me

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01 year ago (1 year ago)trapartrapar
Speaking of real escape. Seems Universal Japan is going to be making one themed on Deathnote.
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01 year agokakaokakao
I'll be going Friday!

I get spooked by music easily so thanks for the mini spoilers....I'm going to bring kleenex...
01 year agoUntramenUntramen
Pluanda (1 year ago) #8880998There are all kind of escape rooms opening here in Germany everywhere. It seems to be a new trend. But I don't think they will be cool like the Real Zero Escape Room. That kidnapping part actually sounds really cool, I would be afraid too but I don't think they would do that in any other copycat escape room. Which makes it pretty unique. I hope I can finally motivate my friends to visit the nearest one here. It seems to be Acient egyptian themed.

Well the scenario was that we were "kidnapped" but the fear really set in when the creepy music was playing TBH haha
Real escape games are very fun! I hope you can go with some friends.

Bioburn (1 year ago) #8906045Ahh I'm going may 4th, excited, don't think I'll cosplay this time

Aww no cosplay? The staff really adore it when people come in cosplay (my friends and I actually went in more "casual" ZE cosplay for comfort and maneuverability). I hope you have fun and good luck on escaping! You won't be getting any hints from me though!
01 year agoBioburnBioburn
Ahh I'm going may 4th, excited, don't think I'll cosplay this time
11 year agoPluandaPluanda
There are all kind of escape rooms opening here in Germany everywhere. It seems to be a new trend. But I don't think they will be cool like the Real Zero Escape Room. That kidnapping part actually sounds really cool, I would be afraid too but I don't think they would do that in any other copycat escape room. Which makes it pretty unique. I hope I can finally motivate my friends to visit the nearest one here. It seems to be Acient egyptian themed.
11 year agoUntramenUntramen
Demitria (1 year ago) #8840059All the coolest things are always in another country :\

I say this all the time whenever something interesting happens somewhere not in my corner of the world so I understand haha

Shaolan-kun (1 year ago) #8841488I loved playing 999, so trying it IRL must be awesome!

It was a blast! The whole aesthetic of it was really authentic, but the fact you can't actually die/get killed probably took away some of the thrill and tension of the game haha but it still felt very high stakes in that locked room.

Acid08 (1 year ago) #8842844This is one of my favorite series ever and I'd be super down to try this! Unfortunately it probably won't happen, just not feasible to get down to LA anytime soon :(

Aww well they're hopefully going to extend the event and bring it elsewhere and I know it may be wishful thinking but I really hope you find the time and funds to try it out sometime!

justineski (1 year ago) #8843980I'd love to do this. I'm a big fan of the series and I've done a couple room escapes before (not video game themed though). Too bad this is on the other side of the world~

I'm curious what escape rooms you've done! Were they organized by SCRAP too or no?

Cloudy_Cat (1 year ago) #8858216Ahh, I love the games and escape the room puzzles, it's awesome you were able to go! I'm glad someone on mfc went, I was hoping to read about the experience somewhere online :)
How many rooms were there to escape from?
Yeah I'd love to go but LA is pretty far from where I am, plus they're all sold out ;p


Oooh man that's a loaded question. I mean it's kind a huge spoiler to say how many rooms were present, since I went in there without knowing either! If I knew how many rooms there were I probably would've done a little better. My group made it to the final challenge though I can't say for certain there the amount of rooms we had to escape from in the last part. If you really do want to know the number of rooms I escaped from (and perhaps if you really are curious, some plot and puzzle info which are spoilers) please PM me!
The staff was super friendly and we chit chat like old friends before and after the Real Escape game and I promised them I wouldn't post any spoilers publicly anywhere. I wouldn't want to break their hearts by being a spoilsport and posting spoilers where it's easily seen by interested parties!

dymitr (1 year ago) #8872726I'm a big fan of the series and am highly anticipating the final installment.
I would go instantly to participate in the real zero escape, but I live in Europe, the Netherlands, where anime still has not gotten a real foothold for anime inspired events.
I will have to stick to the mainstream escape rooms.


I do believe SCRAP does have a location in Europe (Spain and France I believe!) though I have no idea if they would be able to bring this particular theme room over. It might be good to contact them and let them know there's interest, if you're willing to travel out to those countries to try it of course. Real Escape Games are pretty niche, and it matters a lot to express interest and support them.
11 year agodymitrdymitr
I'm a big fan of the series and am highly anticipating the final installment.
I would go instantly to participate in the real zero escape, but I live in Europe, the Netherlands, where anime still has not gotten a real foothold for anime inspired events.
I will have to stick to the mainstream escape rooms.
01 year agoCloudy_CatCloudy_Cat
Ahh, I love the games and elapse the room puzzles, it's awesome you were able to go! I'm glad someone on mfc went, I was hoping to read about the experience somewhere online :)
How many rooms were there to escape from?

Yeah I'd love to go but LA is pretty far from where I am, plus they're all sold out ;p
01 year agojustineskijustineski
I'd love to do this. I'm a big fan of the series and I've done a couple room escapes before (not video game themed though). Too bad this is on the other side of the world~
11 year agoAcid08Acid08
This is one of my favorite series ever and I'd be super down to try this! Unfortunately it probably won't happen, just not feasible to get down to LA anytime soon :(

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