I knew it would not be an easy task. If it was going to work well, I really needed to think outside of the box. I began to ask myself a series of questions.
What will my virtual escape room concept be?
After attending numerous in-person escape rooms, I had a general idea of how they worked. You are given a scenario and the clues needed to advance participants, so I knew my escape room had to be, in a sense, relatively similar to that. The first concept that came to mind was a Rock ‘n Roll Virtual Tour.
Everyone participating in the escape room would be told they are going to attend the Rock ‘n Roll Virtual Tour and they can be a VIP — if they can get on each of the six concert registration lists in 60 minutes.
What will the game structure look like?
With the concept created, I got to work on the game structure. Since we were hosting this event on Zoom, I knew I could utilize the breakout room feature. I would start everyone in the main Zoom room, then separate everyone into their respective groups via breakout rooms. Once there, each team would have 60 minutes to solve for the six access codes.
Each team would have a designated team leader and a room moderator. The designated team lead would be the only one with access to the Splash event page, meaning the team lead would share his or her screen. This would make it like they were actually in an in-person escape room — all team players with only one set of information. The room moderator would only be there to assist with technical difficulties and administer hints (three total) if the team needed help. And once they solved each of the six access codes, they could escape the breakout room.
How do I create this virtual game?
No surprise here: Splash made creating the event easy. With the branded themes that exist in Splash, I quickly produced the Rock ‘n Roll Virtual Tour event page and used our designer tools to add some flair.
As I assembled my event page, I thought through places I could hide codes, create hints, and embed the different registration pages. I started to think … What does a concert series event page look like?
Typically, they have different sections like what to expect, featured musical performances, various concert stages, event location, sponsors, and event ticket purchase platform.
I decided that using each one of these sections would be a great way to embed registration pages and hide clues in the information provided. Using Splash, I enabled the privacy gate feature to password-protect the registration pages: a perfect place to enter an access code.