Theater and escape room games collide in The Last Day
What happened on The Last Day? That’s the question players will answer in the latest interactive story from Theater Ninjas, Cleveland’s purveyors of out-of-the-ordinary experiences. This time around, the “theatrical food truck” is taking up residence in the Gordon Square Arcade, creating a unique immersive storytelling experience. Audiences will solve puzzles, manipulate arcane machines, and investigate the life of a mysterious woman’s magical past.
The Last Day is a giant, explorable puzzle box full of tantalizing clues and whispered secrets. Like walking inside a three-dimensional novel, this interactive experience creates a rich universe inside a series of rooms filled with lost letters, sketches of fantastic beasts and lands, postcards from unseen spirits, missing memories, and exotic artifacts. Borrowing from video games—like Myst and Gone Home—and ‘escape the room’ games, The Last Day is an intimate encounter with the unknown.
In Suite 2 of the historic Gordon Square Arcade, teams of 2 to 8 players will have an hour to collectively explore a fantastic world of impossible places as they unravel riddles, brew potions, and follow a trail of poetic breadcrumbs to discover the story of The Last Day. Unlike a traditional play, there are no actors; players move at their own pace and can influence the character’s fate.
“With The Last Day, we want everything in the room to tell a story. There’s no real way to ‘lose’ this game, just different paths and chapters to find. Even “red herrings” can be revelatory in this strange environment,” said Artistic Director Jeremy Paul.
This is the latest phase of Theater Ninjas’ exploration of game-like theatrical experiences starting with last years Adventure workshop at Tabletop Cafe, Turing Machine Puzzles or the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure structure of Code: Preludes.