By Florie Cedolin
It is an activity that has the wind in its sails : them escape games. In the Yvelinessince the opening of the first escape game in Maurepas in 2017, many other structures including open including Gear at Versailleswhich has two sites.
Engrenage opened its doors in 2018 in Versailles, rue Clemenceau. There, Eric and Laurent Baissette, brothers, have set up two rooms with totally different atmospheres : Great century for one baptized the iron maskagonizing in the kitchen of a psychopath for the other, named get out or die. The scenarios were written by the two brothers who took care of the details, the sets and the effects (chills guaranteed in the kitchen, we tested…).
Building on their success, in 2021, the Baissette brothers are doing it again and opening another place in Versailles, this time rue du Maréchal-Foch. There they offer three new adventures, written and directed by them : Viking Night, the Poison Affair and Chernobyl H-1.
“The players must find the poisoner, save the soul of a Viking leader and avoid the explosion of the Chernobyl power plant, summarize Eric and Laurent. Our stories are written from real facts, from characters who really existed. Some are still mysteries, like the poisons affair, which adds to the suspense. »
The Queen’s Necklace Affair
And lately it’s a outdoor escape room which enriched the Engrenage offer, in partnership with Escape the city.
Everything takes place on a smartphone. We designed the scenario around the affair of the Queen’s necklace (we are in Versailles!). Through the telephone, a character speaks to the players, posing puzzles to be solved. The game takes place in the Notre-Dame district. You have to observe the facades, the monuments, etc. It’s like a classic escape game, with clues to move towards the solution.
Count 1h30 to 2h for this outdoor escape game which, for once, can be done without time constraints. Once the online purchase has been made, players receive a link and then a team code which will allow them to enter the game.
“If there are more than three telephones connected, there is a distribution of the indices, specifies Laurent Baissette. This brings more collaboration in the team because information has to be shared. »
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