Save Our Rocket Launch
TELUS World of Science (TWOS) is a broad-based science centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada operated by the (non-profit) Edmonton Space & Science Foundation.
TWOS new online program Lab Rat Escapes allowing you to experience the science centre in a completely new way. In the first edition Save our Rocket Launch you are hosted live in the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery where you have to find clues in the physical space to solve puzzles and complete your mission.
Due to the relatively large time difference between Edmonton and us, as well as the limited time slots, finding a date was a bit more difficult. Many thanks to the friendly Lab Rats Escape team for making it possible for us to play at a convenient time with this extra slot.
Was the Apollo 11 moon landing all just a big lie that actually took place in a Hollywood movie studio? At least that’s what the notorious science denier Chad claims, which is why he infiltrated the S.P.A.C.E. gallery and sabotaged the rocket that is to be fired in one hour to celebrate the historic moon landing. Our team was hired to solve the problem and ensure a smooth launch of the rocket.
A funny introductory video gets us in the mood for our mission, and throughout the game there are video sequences that further advance the story.
The picture and sound quality was consistently good throughout the game. Our avatar also did a very good job and went along with our jokes. It’s fun to look around the deserted museum and go through the different puzzle stations. The game is accompanied by a Telescape Inventory, in which there are some interactive puzzles to be solved. The number of varied puzzles and tasks is relatively large and their level of difficulty is quite demanding.
It all reminded me a bit of the TECHNORAMA – the Swiss Science Center in Winterthur – which runs two nice technology and science based Escape Rooms (Spectrum & Continuum) together with AdventureRooms. In TELUS, we also had some very interesting tasks with experimental approaches and nice “aha” effects. I found it very entertaining, instructive and I hope for a sequel.