The entertainment options at Cape Cod Mall continue to expand with the announcement that Ryan’s will bring Virtual Reality Gaming and Escape Rooms to the mall early this spring. This comes as Ryan’s, in partnership with Chapin’s Restaurant Group, is in the midst of developing Ten Pin Eatery, a 25,000 square-foot, multi-faceted entertainment complex also at the mall.
The 3,300 square-foot Virtual Reality and Escape Room space will be located in Macy’s Men’s Wing, where Ryan’s currently operates an arcade. The games in the current space will be relocated to Ten Pin Eatery, which is across the hall and will feature an arcade, along with bowling, laser tag and dining.
“Virtual gaming and escape rooms are reinventing the way we play,” said Michael Crowley of Ryan’s. “They transcend all ages and demographics, which makes them universally appealing. They’re as appropriate and enjoyable for a family with children as they are for a corporate group. We are thrilled to bring these concepts to the Cape.”
Escape Rooms, which are experiencing a boom in popularity across the country, allow a small group of players to work together to solve a challenge in a themed room within an allotted time period. By finding clues and solving puzzles, the group works its way out of the room and “wins”. Ryan’s will offer three themed rooms – “Pharaoh’s Revenge”, “Inventors Workshop” and “Mayday”.
Virtual Reality Games bring players into a three-dimensional world, allowing them to fully interact with their environment. Players wear state-of-the-art headsets with motion detecting sensors, allowing them to play in a post-apocalyptic wasteland in a single player or team environment. Ryan’s will feature two Virtual Reality units, each which can accommodate four players at a time.
The Virtual Reality game rooms will also bring an added entertainment value, as they’ll be fronted by a glass wall. This will allow the public to view the action from the mall.
“We’re beyond thrilled that in addition to Ten Pin Eatery, we will continue to introduce distinctive entertainment concepts like Virtual Reality and the Escape Room to our shoppers here at Cape Cod Mall,” said Jason Huer, Mall Manager of Cape Cod Mall. “These new openings will provide Cape area residents and tourists unique experiences that will complement our vast retail mix, truly offering something for everyone who visits the mall.”
Both concepts are powered through two of the industry leaders in this new form of immersive entertainment: Hologate and Creative Works. The games are expected to open in April, about a month after the official opening of Ten Pin Eatery.