Red Bull Mind Gamers – Escape Room World Championship

redbullThe Red Bull Escape Room World Championship in Budapest ended after weeks in full swing! Readers from Essa’s Intervirals  probably knew that the finals were going t happen this weekend, when 24 teams from all around the world competed for the title.

If you missed it (maybe because the transmissions were at 6am of a Sunday!), Red Bull has uploaded the finals here. It was a crazy dispute between Ukraine and Slovenia – we won´t say more than that! You can find more details on what happened on Red Bull TV’s Facebook page.

Do you think you could have done it? Then test yourself with the Red Bull puzzle games used during the wildcard entrant selection phase here. Wanna try the puzzles from the final? Here is the online version. Some of them do not seem the hardest thing in the world if you are playing from the comfort of your room… But we cannot imagine how it felt for the teams to do it live to the world!

Now that this is all over, head over here to hear what the UK team had to say about their experiences.


Valiant Hearts: The Great War [Game Review]

Valiant_Hearts_artFormats:  PC (Windows), PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Steam Price: $14.99USD

Genre: Platform puzzle

Theme: World War I

Creativity: 6; Difficulty: 3Atmosphere: 8.5; Fun: 8.5

Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish

At this time every year, on 25th April, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate the involvement of both nations in the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign in World War I through an annual event called ANZAC Day  (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day). It is not a celebration, but rather a somber event that seeks to remind future generations on the suffering endured by those in Gallipoli and later on, the Western Front and the Palestine Campaign. These days, ANZAC Day commemorates the veterans of all of Australia and New Zealand’s conflicts and acts as a reminder of what war is really about.

It is in this frame of mind that I introduce the first computer puzzle game review on this blog. Valiant Hearts: The Great War,  developed by Ubisoft, is an easy platform-puzzle game which educates players on World War I’s Western Front in an artistic manner.

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