You’ve heard the saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” One reason that people visit Las Vegas is that they want an escape from real life. And, truth be told, Vegas can feel like another world sometimes. You can visit Paris, Venice, and New York without ever leaving the Nevada desert.
While many head to Vegas for gambling, fine dining, and shows, there’s a new trend that’s gaining popularity. Virtual reality experiences have taken hold and offer tourists a chance to fight zombies or visit a haunted house that feels completely real.
The latest addition to the growing virtual reality choices in Vegas is at Madame Tussauds. The attraction is best known for its lifelike wax figures, but visitors can now enjoy a challenging virtual reality game if they choose.
Problem Solving in VR
While many of the VR entertainment in Vegas focuses on bringing video games to life, the new attraction – which you can find at the Grand Canal Shops at the Venetian – has aspects of game play combined with those of popular escape rooms.
Visitors to Madame Tussauds can choose between four virtual rooms. They are:
- A prehistoric setting complete with dinosaurs
- Ancient Egypt
- A medieval castle
- The moon
Each option is designed to be played by a team of two to four people. Team members are placed in separate pods, where each is provided with VR goggles and two controllers that function as “hands” within the game. (In other words, when a player closes his hand on the controller, he can pick up items within the VR world.)
One of the most intriguing things about the rooms is that the players are given no information in advance. In the moon setting, for example, players will find a rocket ship and piles of crates. Working together, they must determine what the items mean and what the objective of the game is. Then, they must solve the problem to complete the game.
Advanced VR Technology
One issue with early VR equipment is that players sometimes experienced negative side effects such as dizziness and nausea. Madame Tussauds is using HTC Vive technology, which represents the latest in virtual reality.
According to the Madame Tussauds website:
Each player will wear the most comfortable immersive headset available, the HTC Vive, guaranteeing an experience with no “seasickness” or migraines (often the case with more intense or lower quality VR headsets).
In other words, the VR experience at Madame Tussauds is designed to ensure the comfort of the players so they can enjoy full immersion in the game.
Age Limits and Prices
While the VR attraction at Madame Tussauds is suitable for families, children must be 12 or older to participate. This is, in part, because younger children may be frightened. Each player is in a separate pod, so children must be old enough to be unsupervised during game play.
The website for the virtual rooms also mentions that people who have epilepsy and pregnant women should not play. At present, there is no accommodation for people in wheelchairs, although that may change in the future.
The cost for the virtual rooms at Madame Tussauds is $12 per person, and you do not need to buy a ticket to the wax exhibit to play.
Visitors to Las Vegas who want an alternative to gambling may enjoy the immersive virtual rooms at Madame Tussauds. They provide a unique experience that you won’t be able to find at home.
Watch this video, it will give you a deeper insight into Madame Tussaud’s Virtual Reality Experience: