Robot Review: October 21, 2018
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire was released last year as one of the titles at The VOID – a 3D virtual reality experience where you walk through and interact with the story’s environment.
Recently we visited their store at the Glendale Galleria Mall in Glendale, CA to check it out.
Here We Go!
First you’ll suit up in a hefty vest and helmet. Each helmet has a microphone so your team can communicate and the VR visor flips down to cover your eyes.
After watching an introductory video, you move into the Staging Bay where your virtual reality experience begins. What was previously an 8x8ft barren walled room is now a spaceship approaching the Empire facility on Mustafar, a molton lava planet.
Your mission is to access the facility disguised as a squad of stormtroopers. We won’t give away much about the details of the experience, but here’s a few highlights…
You will feel the heat of the burning lava around you.
You will feel afraid of falling off the edge of a platform.
You will frantically try to solve puzzles while ducking enemy fire.
You will probably get shot by a stormtrooper’s laser – it won’t kill you, but you will feel it in your vest.
The Robot Cast has some well-known faces from the Star Wars films:
- K-2S0: From Rogue One, this Imperial-turned-Rebellion droid will guide your squad through the mission.
- MSE-6: This little Imperial service robot, nicknamed mouse droid, looks like a black lunchbox and zips around on wheels. You’ll cross paths with it in a hallway, just like Han, Luke and Chewbacca did in Episode IV – A New Hope.
- Astromech Droid: This chrome R2-D2 style droid also supports your squad and appears at various points in your mission.
You’ll see other random robots such as a Loading droid and a Control Room droid as well.
And there will be stormtroopers. Lots and lots of stormtroopers. Shooting at you. From all directions.
By the time you get home, you’ll receive your Wanted poster via email with a link to view your mission statistics.
But Wait There’s More!
The VOID also has a Ghostbusters experience and a fantasy-haunting Chicago World’s Fair experience called Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment.
Robots-in-Film favorite Wreck-It Ralph is coming soon at The VOID. And because of a recent partnership with Lucasfilm and Disney, future experiences will include additional Animation and Marvel film themes.
For more info and available locations go to thevoid.com.