Zombie-slaying in Hong Kong with Sandbox VR

Ever get that itch to kill zombies that just won’t go away? If you know what I’m talking about, READ ON. This is about to get exciting…

*Note: All the videos have the same intro but different clips

The part where you have to avoid the deadly laser beams passing overhead

It was one of those weekends in Hong Kong when the rain just went on, and on, and on… I had a couple of girlfriends visiting me from Manila, and I needed to entertain them somehow! So what did I do? Open my handy list of Things To Do in Hong Kong When It’s Raining, of course…

  1. Hong Kong Heritage Museum
  2. Escape Room
  3. Tai Kwun
  4. Sandbox VR
  5. Boardgame cafe
  6. Karaoke
  7. Trampoline
  8. Wall climbing

I literally e-mailed the above list to myself as I need to constantly amuse my inner child…


Hong Kong’s first hyper-reality escape room

Of that list, Tiffany and Jewel decided to go for the Virtual Reality escape-the-zombie-mansion experience. It was apparently a novelty since we don’t have something similar (or as good) in Manila. So we booked around 45 minutes’ worth of exhilaration at Sandbox VR, Tsim Sha Tsui branch. It was a steep HK$288 each for under an hour, but hey, we millennials. We splurge on “experiences” 😛

I was elated they chose that, of course, having been a Left 4 Dead addict during my university days. Deadwood Mansion, the VR game, reminded me a lot of Left 4 Dead, actually. I’m sure some characters were ‘inspired’ by, say, the “Smoker” (a long-tongued zombie hanging from the ceiling that pulls you by the neck). Another teammate has to save you while you’re incapacitated; in Sandbox, they have to physically revive you by touching your shoulder long enough to ‘heal’ you. There was also a version of “The Tank”, an almost impossible-to-kill ‘special’ zombie…

The part where we have to shoot rats on the floor and Sebastian does a little dance with his feet to avoid them even if they’re not real

So we were actually eight (8) who went to Sandbox VR together! Unfortunately, however, only six (6) are allowed at a time / per game. So we had to split half and half. As we were just four in the room, I wonder if that hampered our chances in escaping, because in the end, we got trapped and died in there.

TIP: If you take these games seriously and / or want to actually escape / survive, do some research on how to defeat the big bad guy when the horde comes?!

The part where I start to shriek in the most high pitched and irritating way (read: turn your sound down)…

We were actually sweating in our gear by the end of those 30 minutes of zombie-slaying. We could have easily gone for another 30 minutes. Or 30 HOURS.


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