The Strange Secret Of Mr. Adrian Rook
Ever since the Top Escape Rooms Project Enthusiasts’ Choice Award 2020, or TERPECA 2020 for short, where THE MAN FROM BEYOND came in third place as the best-placed Escape Game in the USA, Strange Bird Immersive has become a household name, even for enthusiasts outside of Houston, Texas. Therefore we were all very excited when we received the news that this company was, for a limited time only, offering a virtual Immersive Theatre Mystery. The disillusionment came when we took a look at the booking calendar for this very popular event. The few remaining sessions were not exactly at Europe-friendly times.
But so what? We didn’t want to miss this opportunity, and all the players were willing to stay up late (or set their alarm clocks) for this special event at 02:20 AM of our time. As is often the case in the States, the tickets were sold via public booking. We bought five seats, but the three remaining tickets were also sold out quickly. Bought by single players who obviously had been guests at Strange Bird before and knew what to expect, because they were very well prepared (cocktails, costumes, their willingness to overshare …).
The Strange Secret of Mr. Adrian Rook is an interactive online show (not an Escape Game!), in which the aim is to solve a mystery together that revolves around the mysterious disappearance of the secretary of the Raven Queen. She asked us for help. And so, at her invitation, we visit Strange Bird’s virtual open house. On the third and fourth floors of the facility, we meet several tenants who know Mr. Rook. In 15-minute zoom sessions, we have the opportunity to interact with each of wonderfully strange characters – now we also know why the building is called Strange Bird. Here the attentive listener receives some interesting hints and information about Mr. Rook (or the other tenants) that can help clear up the case.
There is an opportunity to ask questions. Whether it is a funny crash course of accidental photography by Gene Hazard, a forward-looking tarot reading from Madame Daphne, dream interpretation by Dr. Riley E, Newmark, or eliciting secrets from speakeasy owner Vivian Mae, … The more the participants get involved (keyword roleplay), the more exciting and amusing it becomes. But don’t worry, no one will be forced. You can also just sit back and enjoy the show. By the way, the show has been extended until October 10th. If you have the chance to get another ticket, you should do so. I think it was worthwhile to spend the night.