Geekopolis, an immersive experience at the borders of reality

Geekopolis, an immersive experience at the borders of reality

A new 2000 m2 space dedicated to imagination and digital entertainment is about to open its doors in the former Christofle factory in Saint-Denis (93). Escape game and virtual reality meet to offer a stunning and totally new experience.

We are in the age of entertainment 3.0. The famous virtual reality. Everyone hears about it, few have ever experienced it. Yet it is a technology that is growing exponentially. In recent years, the growth of the “VR” market is +35% per year.

Seen on the bar inside the futuristic-looking Geekopolis lounge. Geekopolis

Geekopolis had the good idea to bet on this technology that has the wind in its sails, in order to propose attractions of a new kind. In the living room located not far from the Stade de France, we discover five. In “Sky Racer” you are the pilot of a supersonic spaceship and challenge your friends in a spectacular race through the galaxy. In “Lupin” you play as the heir of the most famous thief of all time: Arsène Lupin. During an auction at the Grand Palais, you steal priceless diamonds and flee on the roofs, skilfully crisscrossing the frames several hundred meters high. The whole is in 4 dimensions: in the ship your seat vibrates, rises and descends according to your galactic conduct (for the first) ; a breath mimics the effect of the wind and destabilizes you in your tightrope escape (for the second).

Cyril Villalonga, one of the founders of the show, tells us: “The heart is immersion in all its dimensions: visual, tactile, auditory”. The truth is that we quickly forget the virtual reality headset that we have on our head and that we willingly plunge into these eccentric universes. Far from being reserved for a small community of specialists, the attractions are widely accessible, even for the skittish of video games. The bet of Geekopolis seems raised: in 2019, the geek is trendy.

“Mutations”: the flagship concept that gives chills

One of the many decorations of the attraction “Mutations” (1200 m2). Geekopolis

The great experience of the show is “Mutations”, which occupies 1200 m2 out of the 2000 in total. The game mixes theater (there are interactions with actors), virtual reality and escape game. In movie sets, you have 2 hours to infiltrate a contaminated laboratory and retrieve the antidote that will wipe out the virus. You have to outsmart the security system, solve puzzles, interact with the characters you meet to extract information, and most importantly, play as a team. 12 outcomes are possible depending on your choices, which makes “Mutations” a completely original and unprecedented experience. The adventure is attempted in multiplayer, from 4 people and up to 8. You must be at least 16 years old to participate, and the place costs 60€ per person (90€ if you want to then join the team of actors to stage yourself in front of the next participants).

Before “Mutations”, one of the last experiments of the founders of Geekopolis was the awareness of AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration), a degenerative disease of the retina resulting in the appearance of a black spot in the field of vision with age. Today, ophthalmologists have no other way than to show photographs to raise awareness of this degeneration. The VR experience proposed by Cyril Villalonga is to walk in a virtual apartment and perform daily tasks with the disability present in our field of vision. The innovative idea: virtual reality becomes a solution to help raise awareness in the medical field. The three founders of the show intend to multiply the experiences of this type in the years to come. To follow closely…

Geekopolis. 112, rue Ambroise Croizat, Saint-Denis (93). Prices: between 10 and 90€. Opening scheduled mid-May.

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