An escape room unlike anything on earth
Space Squad in Space is a unique Escape Room that I developed for Two Bit Circus in the fall of 2017. The game combines puzzle solving with fast-paced arcade gameplay. 4-6 players take the helm of a spacecraft and must deliver a package to the far corners of the galaxy.
Space Squad features six unique "consoles", each with different screens and controls. Together, the players must discover how to turn the ship on, fly it, and (hopefully) avoid cosmic peril.
One of my design goals with this project was to create a replayable experience. Unlike a traditional escape room, Space Squad is infused with arcade elements (such as health meters and power-ups). Combined with a few randomized elements, players have the chance to return to the room again and again.
exploring the space between physical & digital
Space Squad is a unique hybrid of digital and physical play. When designing it, I tried to leverage the strengths of both mediums.
To create a sense of immersion and place, I leaned heavily on physicality: prop and lighting design, combined with surround-sound speakers. However the majority of gameplay is digital, developed in Unity. That allowed us to prototype rapidly, and means the room has no cleanup time! If you've ever operated an escape room, you know how time consuming resetting a room can be.
Space Squad in Space will be opening in downtown Los Angeles, spring of 2018, in Two Bit Circus' Micro-Amusement Park. Read more about the park here.
Two Bit Circus
‘Space Squad was a great mix of tongue-in-cheek role-playing and collaborative button-pushing.’ -The Verge
‘Everyone works together turning on the ship, getting through an asteroid belt, people playing the captain and different roles. It’s about communicating and having fun.’ -OC Weekly
"The set pieces were well crafted and satisfyingly tactile." -No Proscenium
—Designed the gameplay and puzzles within the room.
—Worked with a small team of engineers and fabricators to build out the space.
—Illustrated UI art and implemented them in-engine.
—Facilitated playtesting of the game.