Weekly Panda Roundup – Snake Pass and Zelda Escape Game – Defenders of the Triforce

Hi everyone! Welcome to the second edition of Weekly Panda Roundup! Happy Belated Easter! My wife and I had a jampacked weekend with family and friends, including our first road trip with the Switch and a very special experience. We got to participate in Defenders of the Triforce, the premiere “Real Escape Game” based on The Legend of Zelda. I have some spoiler-free impressions about the event.

Let’s start with this week’s uploaded videos, starting with a very special video that where we experience co-op in a unique way! Without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!

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Snake Pass – 2 Players with Separated Joy-Cons

Our first video is very special! We played Snake Pass for Switch together, each holding a separate Joy-Con for a unique co-op experience. Crystal Dragon was in charge of steering the snake, and I pushed its gas pedal. Attempting to coordinate our controls made us laugh so hard, despite all the frustrating deaths. This is worth watching just to see our ridiculously silly faces, because yes, we now have a facecam! It’s definitely odd for us to see our faces on the YouTubes, and we hope it looks good! This was a very fun experiment that we want to continue, so please enjoy!

Currently, my plan is to upload them on Saturdays, but I may move it to an earlier day of the week, so be on the lookout. Either way, the playlist can be found here – http://bit.ly/2pezKUq

Pandas at Play – Snipperclips

Part 3 of our playthrough of Snipperclips is up! If you haven’t watched the first episode, you can start with this one or catch the first part here. In one of our oddest episodes yet, we destroy tons of Easter eggs, contemplate bird parenthood, and give birth to the Owl Rangers! GO GO OWL RANGERS!

You can find the full playlist starting at Part 1 – Stabby Sticks here: http://bit.ly/2nFmc5v

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Defenders of the Triforce – Zelda Escape Game Impressions

Note: There are no spoilers for any clues or solutions. These are impressions of the event itself.

This past weekend, my wife, some of our very close friends, and I participated in Scrap Entertainment’s Real Escape Game based on Zelda – Defenders of the Triforce (http://scrapzelda.com/). It was our first time being in an escape game, although we’d always wanted to try one ever since playing through the excellent Zero Escape trilogy. If you’ve ever played an escape room, the concept is very similar. Instead of being locked in a room, you and your team of six sit at a table in a large banquet hall.

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The premise is that you have one hour (which Zelda informs you in a humorous video) to retrieve the Master Sword to defeat Ganon. And what an hour of puzzles it is! Though you start out solving brain teasers together at the table, the game requires you to physically explore the hall to reach locations based on Ocarina of Time – for instance, Zora’s Domain and Kokiri Forest. In each station, cosplaying actors guide you inside the areas, provided you have access. As you get more clues, props, and additional puzzles, you are tasked with putting all the pieces together in mind-benders that test all kinds of intelligence, including thinking outside the box.

Our group was one of the 13 out of 32 that successfully obtained the Master Sword! It didn’t come easy, but I was so proud of our team’s excellent camaraderie as we moved from puzzle to puzzle. This escape game values teamwork and the different strengths each member may have. It’s a thrill traveling with your team and making huge revelations that others may have missed.

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After the hour was up, the emcee went over the answers with the group, resulting in laughter and sighs. Afterwards, we took photobooth pictures with fun Zelda props. Finally, we all got to play in a special Switch lounge, where we could try out Breath of the Wild, Snipperclips, and 1-2 Switch. Of course, I tried out 1-2 Switch, playing the notorious milking game and “copy dance,” which actually ended up being fun, especially in an energetic setting.

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Overall, I had a blast in the Defenders of the Triforce. It was one of the most unique and fun experiences that I was so thankful to have finally had. I had qualms going in, thinking that it wouldn’t be as good as a traditional escape room and that having 31 other teams would be distracting. The game does an excellent job putting clues all over the place, preventing it from being a strict paper-and-pencil ordeal. And even though the tables are bunched up next to each other, we were so focused on our own puzzles that we did not overhear other teams (and vice versa). The cosplay actors and props were pretty good, and the OoT domains looked decent with colored curtains surrounding them. However, I wish there was more of an effort to pretty up the banquet hall. The setting literally consisted of round tables in a warehouse-looking joint.

Obviously, I wouldn’t be able to do this game again, but I’d love to try other Real Escape Games. They advertised ones based on Final Fantasy XIV and Attack on Titan, and I’d jump on any of those opportunities. Currently, the Defenders of the Triforce game is reaching its end. Chances are, you either went or didn’t at this point. That said, I hope that if they do a second round of cities, that anyone who wants to try it out gets the chance. It’s an awesome experience to share with friends – and they don’t even have to like Zelda to solve the puzzles or enjoy themselves! I highly recommend the Defenders of the Triforce and eagerly anticipate anything else Scrap Entertainment puts out!

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Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading this issue Weekly Panda Roundup! On Thursday, I’ll hopefully be posting a special video that our subscribers will appreciate! Thanks again for your support! See you next time!

How was your weekend? Did you have a great Easter if you celebrated it? What did you think of the videos? Have you ever done the Zelda Escape Game or any other kind of “Escape Room” experience, and what did you think? What kind of themed escape games would you like to try? Let me know in the comments section below! Have a great week!

20 thoughts on “Weekly Panda Roundup – Snake Pass and Zelda Escape Game – Defenders of the Triforce

  1. It’s hootin’ time! Mega Mocking Birds what quite a challenging final first world level. I wasn’t quite ready to be thrust into bird parenthood. But I’m very proud of all the owl rangers we were able to bring into the world. It took a lot of teamwork and a little thinking outside the shell. I look forward to World 2 next time!

    This was my first experience splitting up the controls for a 1-player game. Snake Pass is already challenging as a single player. I had so much fun laughing and grimacing through our serpentine challenges. I had no idea what to expect going into this game, but I’m glad we chose this one for our makeshift 2-player experiment. They hide those coins in very unforgiving places! I have a feeling that Doodle the hummingbird makes it hard on purpose… This was also my first time being on camera while playing. I hope you enjoy watching our hilarious reactions whenever Noodle falls to an untimely death.

    Wow! The Zelda Escape Game was such an awesome, novel experience! As a fan of the Zero Escape series, I’ve been wanting to try a real escape room for quite some time. While this isn’t a self contained room, I had a lot of fun with this team building puzzle game. The puzzles were pretty challenging and required a lot of thinking outside the box. The cosplaying staff were really in character and contributed a lot to the ambience of the game. It was more interactive than I was expecting for a game based on paper and pencil puzzles. We went with a party of 4 and got paired with 2 other strangers who turned out to be really good at this game. I’m so proud to say that we actually finished and obtained the Master Sword–with time to spare! I heard this game had a low completion rate and had my doubts, but here stands a proud Defender of Hyrule!

    I would love to try a Zero Escape themed escape room someday! The Final Fantasy XIV-based Trials of Bahamut sound cool, but unfortunately I haven’t played that one. They should make more Final Fantasy themed games. I’m looking forward to the Attack on Titan Real Escape Game!

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you’re having so much fun playing these games together! It means so much to me that you enjoy playing and recording. I have so much fun too! 😀

      And the Zelda Escape Game was so awesome! It exceeded my expectations of what a non-escape room “escape game” could be. I hope that the FFXIV is just as good, and hopefully, we can participate! It feels so good to have earned the Master Sword with the team! I’m so proud of you and our awesome friends! We all worked together and had such a great time! I’m so happy to have gone with our group. 🙂

      I can’t wait for the Attack on Titan game! I would love more Final Fantasy themed games, like one for FFXV. That’s what you want, right? 😛 I wouldn’t mind one for other Nintendo franchises like Metroid (I think that would work really well actually). We’ll see! Hopefully, Scrap delivers! 😀

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    1. I sincerely hope you enjoy them! 😀 And I agree, having played some of the later levels alone too. It’s really difficult with just 1 player! You can imagine how we fare with only 1/2 of the controls, haha!


  2. I didn’t know they had a Zelda escape game. (Although I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since they seem to be becoming more and more popular.) Looks so cool! Glad you and your group had a blast! And congrats on your victory!

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    1. Thank you! We had such a great time! And we weren’t even expecting to win, given the notoriously low success rate. The Zelda escape game is very new, having just been announced this January for only 8 U.S. cities. Hopefully, they’ll be able to host more around the world. Every timeslot near me was sold out, so people are interested. They just have to be able to get it out there. I’ve always wanted to do one of these, so I’m incredibly lucky to have done a Zelda-themed one!

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      1. I just checked the event’s website, and it looks like they’ve added at least 8 more cities, including Canadian ones. So there’s hope for more locations throughout the year!


  3. Good stuff my friend! Congratulations on finding the Master Sword and unmasking yourself to the Youtube viewing public! They should do a BOTW escape game where they dump you off in a national park.

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    1. Thank you my friend! The only thing that would have made this better is to have had you on Team Triforce! Maybe we can do the Attack on Titan one together. I hope that involves trying to escape from a Titan’s stomach. And thanks for the congrats on unmasking myself! Hope you like what you see! 😀

      I really think we’re all living a BotW escape game everyday called life. The entire experience is open-ended and there’s very little handholding. I wish the dungeons were better though.


  4. Happy belated Easter to you! I’ve never tried any Escape Room games. It definitely seems like an interesting idea! It also looks like you had a blast 🙂

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  5. Congrats on securing the Master Sword. Two people playing on one controller sounds like a recipe for disaster, although it would probably work quite well in a game like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

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    1. Thanks! We all had so much fun in the Escape Room. And yes, two people on one controller has been a great source for repeated death and hilarity, haha. I’ve been meaning to check out Brothers. Sounds like it would be doable in that shared controller setup!

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  6. Hmm, a Zelda Escape Room… what an interesting idea! There are a couple escape room places near me, but I haven’t tried any of them. I feel like I would probably suck at them and not escape in time, haha! 😉

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    1. Haha! Thing about it is most escape rooms are team games, so as long as you have a great team, there’s always the chance to win! I know that it’s only because our team worked so well together that we could get out. Strength in numbers. Definitely something I loved and would try again given the opportunity! I really want to try the Final Fantasy XIV one coming up!

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  7. As always epic write up!! I’ve not really tried or played any escape room games before but they’ve always intrigued me to attend. If this however came to my country I would definitely attend no matter what!!

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    1. It’s definitely worth asking the company, Scrap Entertainment, to bring it over to your country. They are only now bringing it to Canada, and with any luck, they’ll have it in other countries in the future. It’s such a fun experience, and I’m very happy you enjoyed reading about it! 😀

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