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This adventure isn’t just bizarre, it’s puzzling. Puzzling with poses.

The staff of Anime Now! has gone through its fair share of anime-themed real escape games. Our latest one from the live-action escape game producers at SCRAP is a JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure-themed one. Unlike the previous escape game that was based on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable (the fourth JoJo story), this one is based on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (the third story).

Titled, JoJo no Kimyou na Yakata kara no Dasshutsu (Escape from JoJo’s Bizarre Mansion) the story takes place during Jotaro Kujo and his companions’ journey to Egypt. Five companions and one dog: Jotaro, Joseph Joestar, Muhammad Avdol, Noriaki Kakyoin, Jean Pierre Polnareff, and Iggy stop at a hotel. Upon relaxing in their room, the group is informed by the hotel owner that they are currently prisoners of owner’s Stand and that they have one hour left to live…

The game also features an original character, the hotel owner Dija Maker who has the Stand ability House of Holy which manifests itself as a building. Anyone who checks in and does not check out within one hour is erased. Dija is voiced by voice actor Hiroki Yasumoto.

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The basic setup of the real escape game is similar to most timed escape games. Six players have to work together to solve various puzzles within the set time limit. The puzzles vary in complexity and completing one set of puzzles progresses the story and unlocks more puzzles until the finale.

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Every themed real escape game has its own unique gimmicks to give it a sense of being part of the world in which the story takes place. For this JoJo escape game, the gimmick is in the characters and their individual Stand abilities.

Whereas most themed real escape games has the players being themselves working alongside the characters in the story, the JoJo escape game has each member of the team taking on a role of one of the six characters. If on the off chance there aren’t enough participants and your team doesn’t have six people, some will have to double up on characters. Each player is then given access to their character’s Stand ability.

To add to the immersion—and just to make things more fun—in order to use a Stand ability, a player must strike a pose and shout their Stand name. Each Stand has a specific ability that must be used to overcome certain obstacles in the game—and the posing is mandatory.

I’ve played several real escape games at this point and the creators never cease to amaze me with some of the ingenious puzzles they come up with. The puzzles are fun to try to figure out and that rush you feel when you figure something out is nothing short of exhilarating.

Like every timed puzzle I’ve gone through, the battle against the clock is a close one. You won’t want to waste a single second, but at the same time, you will need to be sharp. Every bit of information provided, from the story to the setting to the tools provided to the puzzles themselves is vital to your team’s success. You will need to be sharp and attentive if you want to successfully escape.

Sadly, in the end, our team was unsuccessful—as was every other team in our game. We ran out the clock at the last moment. Perhaps if we had be quicker in figuring out some of the earlier puzzles or if we had a full team of six—we only had four—we might have made it.

In addition to the real escape game itself, a bunch of tie-in merch will also be available.

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An official JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure clipboard for A4 size paper. Each clipboard costs 1,800 yen (about US$15)

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There will also be an official hoodie in S, M, L, and XL sizes for 5,800 yen (about US$50)

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There are also tattoo stickers of various symbols or JoJo onomatopoeia available for 500 yen (about US$4)

There is much more merch like badges, key holders, and accessories that will be sold for anyone who wants something to remember their bizarre puzzle-solving escape adventure from.

Escape From JoJo’s Bizarre Mansion will run from November 2, 2017 in various locations all over Japan. You’ll need at least an elementary schooler’s grasp of the Japanese language to participate, and knowledge of the source material can be beneficial. Check the official website for the game for details on locations and tickets.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders can be viewed with English subtitles on Crunchyroll.

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