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Edge magazine - Escape Zoom
The Isklander Trilogy mixes detective games, video calls and immersive theatre. We're on a video call with an older woman who's not quite sure how to use the platform, her choppy internet connection causing the audio to stutter and fall out of sync with the video feed...
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Gaumont U.K. Buys Film and TV Rights to Interactive Game Series 'Isklander'
Interactive game series "Isklander" is set for an on-screen adaption. Gaumont U.K. has optioned the film and TV rights to the alternate reality trilogy from London-based immersive entertainment company Swamp Motel...
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How Swamp Motel built the ultimate lockdown escape room
Swamp Motel knows how to put on a show. Founded by Ollie Jones and Clem Garrett, alumni of the experimental theatre troupe Punchdrunk and members of comedy group...
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Review - Isklander Part I: Plymouth Point
The Isklander trilogy is an alternate reality adventure, a virtual escape room. The trilogy is made by the Swamp Motel, an immersive entertainment company and the experience makers behind the London based...
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Isklander Plymouth Point - Virtual Murder Mystery
Our tabletop group has been known to primarily play physical, tabletop games. However, from time to time, we love trying these sorts of digital tabletop games that act a lot like escape rooms or murder mysteries...
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Review - Isklander Part I: Plymouth Point
It's hard to classify the Plymouth Point episode of the Isklander Trilogy in traditional terms, but "an interactive, fourth wall breaking thriller with great immersion" comes pretty close...
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Dark zero Isklander - A video call murder mystery
It starts with a simple premise. At the behest of Kath, the leader of 'The Plymouth Point Residents Watch', find information on where Ivy may be; a local girl that has been missing for several days. This request comes both in the form of a worried member of the neighbourhood watch reaching out to...
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Swamp Motel's Creative Director on why he loves The Last of Us Part 2
One of my favourite things about The Last of Us: Part 2 is hidden in the title. It's the word "part." How easy it would have been to slap on a number at the end and bill it as a traditional sequel? Something aimed towards fans of its predecessor, but also an accessible jumping off point for newcomers looking to hop on board...
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Plymouth Point review - dare you solve this thrilling mystery?
At a particularly tense stage of this online detective thriller, I scream fairy loudly and - not my finest hour - aggressively bang on my laptop. Plymouth Point is seriously gripping stuff. It's best played by a minimum of four, which can be made up of friends from other households (Socialising! Yeah!). While a fair chunk of online theatrical content can feel like...
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The Mermaid's Tongue review - turn detective for this dazzling online gothic thriller
It's bad form to make personal remarks about the performers, but I was rubbish. What were they thinking when they cast me in this online adventure game? I should never work again. Luckily, I'd brought with me a six-strong team of agile minds with the ability to come up with answers before I'd understood the...
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The Kindling Hour review - Arthurian legend meets Hitchcockian thrills
The Kindling Hour is of the moment. It's an escape room-style game that uses online tools to compensate for the demands of social distancing. Throw in a suggestion of whistle-blowing, corporate malpractice and anti-corruption investigations, and you could hardly be more 2021.
Created by Ollie Jones and Clem Garritty of Swamp motel, this is the third in a...
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