If you always dreamed of stepping into your favourite childhood video games…
…here’s something to console you.
Electric Gamebox is basically a tech-fuelled gaming experience that sees you and your friends take on classic arcade-style challenges inside a trippy, projection-filled pod. It’s a new kind of activity that somehow combines the high-tech bits of VR bars like Otherworld, with all the camaraderie of something like karaoke. And it’s a recipe that works, with branches now open in Southwark, Wandsworth… and America.
The original Electric Gamebox is tucked into a railway arch by Southwark station, and houses eight different digital rooms – or ‘Gameboxes’ – for teams of up to six to play in. Inside you’ll find four walls of projection-mapped touch screens, which respond not just to hand contact but your movements, too. That’s all taken care of by the visor you’ll be wearing, equipped with ping pong ball-like antennae that make you look a bit like the cooler, more slender, fifth Teletubby.
There’s a suite of team-oriented games to pick from (lasting either half an hour or an hour), most of which include several sub-games within. Almost like a virtual escape room, your job is to infiltrate Francisco Salamander’s casino and take him down by defying a raft of increasingly fiendish puzzles, all set to a soundtrack of big band showtunes.
Other challenges include taking an 80s-themed Alien Aptitude Test; mining for Elonium on Mars; pitting your wits against a CIA training programme; and a game called Rescue the Royals, set in the year 2026. Britain has lost the monarchy and thus, inevitably, has become a giant game show for the benefit of an American live streaming channel. The Queen’s being held somewhere in Scotland, and it’s up to your team – plus your host, Hamish Macbagpipe the flying Scotch robot – to get her back to safety…
…it’s no fer the weak and tweedy.
NOTE: Electric Gamebox is open daily, and has another location in Wandsworth. You can find out more, and book a slot (from £10pp), right HERE.
Electric Gamebox | Arch 3, 83 Scoresby Street, SE1 0XN
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