RECON Boston 22: Spotlight on the Games

Games are an integral part of RECON. They provide examples of other creators’ work so we can learn and be inspired. They give our community members a chance to meet each other and connect. Plus, games are fun!

Today we are shining a spotlight on the games of RECON Boston 22.

The RECON team is bringing a varied collection of game types to this event. This includes traditional escape rooms, a large-group ballroom game, two different styles of multi-million dollar challenge arcades, and whatever Brett Kuehner has in his pockets. This all adds up to more than 8 hours of gameplay, all included with your RECON ticket. 

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Trapology

In-game: wide angle of a the bunks in the submarine.

Trapology was one of the earliest escape room companies in the US. They currently offer 6 very different escape rooms in their impressive facility. It covers two floors of a building whose large windows give great views of Boston Common, located right across the street. Beautiful, comfortable TrapLounges welcome their guests.

Crush Depth is a more intense, physical and heavy duty submarine game complete with the evil ghost of the former captain. The Institute (review coming soon) volunteers players for a questionable research experiment. The Boobie Trap is a racy, 18+ game that includes plenty of laughs for players and a terrific actor interaction.

Red Fox Escapes

In-game: A portrait of Marilyn Monroe made out of pennies beside a geometic sculputre.

Red Fox is one of the premier escape room companies in Boston. Located in the basement of a former boxing gym, Red Fox specializes in beautiful and elegant set design that expertly utilizes the constraints of that physical space as they build out their detailed worlds.

Their mission-driven games contain clever and inventive puzzles built around unique, one-of-a-kind objects and period-perfect set pieces and props. The Heist is a terrific take on the museum heist trope that includes some things you probably haven’t seen before, and clever twists on things you have. The U-Boat is a feast for the eyes: a submarine game that shows off Red Fox’s talent for sets and décor and also includes some big surprises!  

Boxaroo

In-game: the wooden wall of a cabin with small shalves and hooks displaying many different trinkets.

Boxaroo is one of the top escape room companies in the US, located right in downtown Boston. At Boxaroo, they push themselves to try something different. Being different is risky and that risk-taking has really paid off with their standout escape game Storyteller’s Secret. Room Escape Artist described this game as “A serene adventure through the mind of a novelist. Intimate, mellow, and heartwarming. This combination is one of the least-explored territories in the escape game world. Boxaroo set off on an adventure to chart this mysterious land and struck gold.”

Conundrum Museum is a top-notch puzzle-driven adventure. It is a cerebrally satisfying team experience. Mystery of the Magician’s Study is not your ordinary office escape game. The magic of this game is well concealed, as magic should be.

100 Earth Days is Boxaroo’s ballroom-style game that we will all be playing together at RECON. It features great puzzles with a focus on super-satisfying aha moments that will please even the puzzliest of crowds. With high-quality props and character interactions, this event also has a ‘live’ progress board, which gives it a fun, competitive edge.

Boda Borg

Boda Borg's logo beside some of the militaristic props from their game Platoon.

RECON is taking all of us to The Malden Gaming District which is anchored by Boda Borg. Boda Borg isn’t an escape room…but it is on this spectrum.

Boda Borg is a large entertainment facility outside of Boston. It contains separate physical puzzle challenges called “quests.” These challenges range in intellectual difficulty and physicality. Perhaps the most interesting challenge Boda Borg has to offer is its total lack of hints or instruction.

Boda Borg is a strange beast. We love and hate Boda Borg; I mostly mean this as a compliment. The hybrid of challenging gameplay, automation, and some basic flaws in the human brain makes Boda Borg both brilliant and messy. Players learn how to puzzle through each game with trial and error. Failure isn’t just inevitable; it’s how you learn to play in a Boda Borg game.

Level99

Exterior of the Comic Smash game.

We are going to Level99! If you enjoy puzzles, physical challenges, art, food, beer, or discovery, visit Level99 and surrender to this weird world where time disappears and fun remains. Level99 was built into a space that used to be a Sears store. It is big, and everything about the space was deliberately designed; it is beautiful and exciting. It feels like a sleek escape room arcade. Players are surrounded by cubes, each containing their own games, and art installations (that are part of scavenger hunts).

Rooms – These are mental and physical challenges made for 2-6 players. Everything within them is automated. You play until you win, or you fail and get ejected. The challenges within Rooms range from intensely puzzley to incredibly physical, with a ton of content in between.

Arenas – These are 1-on-1 battle games that are played competitively. These are more skill-based and don’t have a puzzle component.

Hunts – There are art installations scattered all over Level99. Some of them are part of a set of scavenger hunts.

Experience immersive games of all sorts and so much more at RECON Boston 22 on August 21st and 22nd. Get your ticket now at realityescapecon.com.

See You at RECON Boston 22

We can’t wait to experience these RECON talks with you. We hope you’ll take advantage of the early bird discount and get your ticket today.

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