Finnish National Railways (VR) is bringing Murder on the Orient Express to life on a long-distance passenger train on December 13th.
The game is set on a 13-hour journey across the country, from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, in what is arguably the longest-running escape room in history.
“We are a partner of Nordisk Film, the distributor of the film in Finland and we saw a unique opportunity here to utilize the partnership by bringing the film to life,” says Outi Lahtinen, Marketing Manager for the Finnish National Railways.
“Solving puzzles is an essential part of escape rooms and that is why this seemed like a good fit. At the same time, this in an opportunity to delight the movie buffs and escape room fans”
The game is designed and built by one of the leading game-makers, and a pioneer in the Finnish escape room scene, InsideOut Escape Games.
The tasks will be inspired by the movie, and two train carriages have been reserved entirely for their execution, with more than a dozen cabins for the players to explore. The game-makers are also adding features for the online audience to influence the game as it unfolds, taking full advantage of the special circumstances.
“This is a rare opportunity to build a whole new type of game. It taking place on an actual train, with other passengers on board, adds a lot to the dynamics of an escape room experience. To my knowledge, it is the longest-running game ever made, and we are very excited to be able to design it in the spirit of the new hit movie. It’s a dream come true, both for us and the players!”, says Ágnes Kaszás from InsideOut Escape Games.
The players of the game will be recruited through an online competition. The winners will form two teams, each of which will be led by a celebrity captain.