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Google Made an Escape Room That Uses Apps to Get Out

Google Made an Escape Room That Uses Apps to Get Out

When Liam Neeson dealt with entrapment in Paris, he called upon a “particular set of skills.” And as everybody saw, marksmanship and interrogation were the most relevant parts of his skill set. That was Taken, though. What if another predicament required a… less shocking set of skills? Like, say, the skill to Google movie release dates efficiently? Or to pointedly chat in a Hangout? Or to navigate HD photos of artwork? You know, the kind of skills we simple civilians are probably sharpening everyday?

Première Pièce makes the realism of the escape room experience even more relatable with team-based challenges which require the deft handling of a half-dozen smart phone apps. Check the clip below for a frantic, anxious, and all-too-fleeting glimpse of how exactly that might work.

To get more specific about Première Pièce’s challenges, one has players don Google Cardboard visors in order to locate glyphs hidden in a 360° VR space. Another reflects this game’s cosmopolitan nature, calling on Google Translate to decipher clues in a variety of languages. And yes, one finally puts movie trivia to good use. Players use Google Search (presumably to scour IMBD) in order to crack a safe with a combination based on the years Back to the Future and A New Hope came out.

Astute observers might’ve noticed these are all Google apps. That’s because Première Pièce is a collab between Google France and We Are Social. And that company connectivity is only going to continue. While there’s a currently a long, long waiting list to get into (and then out of) this room, a handful of vloggers from YouTube (a Google-owned video site you might’ve heard of) will be live-streaming a play session soon. Viewers will not only be able to vicariously experience this entrapment, they’ll also be able to control parts of the room around the players. So, Première Pièce’s escape room innovation seems to extend to putting people in the role of captors, too?

What app has gotten you out of some sticky situations? Would you use AirBnB and TripCase for a quick trip to Paris just to play this? Flex your typing skills in the talk back.

Featured Image Credit: Google

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