Factsheet

Developer:
apelab
Based in Geneva, Switzerland / Los Angeles

Production:
apelab
RTS
SRG SSR
Oculus

Release date:
TBD

Platforms:
Samsung Gear VR

Website:
apelab.ch/breakaleg

Description

An unknown species has kidnapped you to unleash the ultimate power of the Galaxy. Only a human from planet Earth is able to unleash its force by going through the ancient book of Stellar Tricks written by Houdini himself. For centuries, they have been looking for the master illusionist who would have the skills to master this universal force allowing them to rule the galaxies and worlds beyond. But be careful, they do not like failure…

Break a Leg is a VR experience getting its inspiration from the magic shows of the 19th Century such as Houdini and Kellar. Built to entertain the crowds based on tricking the mind through misdirection and routine, the conjurers obeyed drastic rules to fool the mind of the audience.

Break a Leg immerses you in the offbeat adventures of an improvised magician who will have to go through multiple stages of a conjurer’s performance without missing a beat.

History

The idea for this project is rooted deeply into the ancient art of stage magic or conjuring. For years it was one of the most of popular of entertainments. The illusionists would fool the crowds into thinking they were able to conjure the forces of evil and communicate with the underworld.

We digged deep into its history to find some of the oldest “Guide Books” of stage magic to inspire the different tricks of the experience. From Jean-Eugène Roubert Houdin, to Kellar, Houdini and Daniel Fritzkee.

The rules of magic are extremely precise. It involves rhythm, miss-direction, the art of presentation and dexterity. A combination of elements that make a natural translation to an interactive Virtual Reality experience.

The staging of ancient magic show is also an amusing mix of bad taste in clothing and music which gives the experience a fun and always surprising taste to it, reflected by our love for works like the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1980), and Terry Gilliam’s Holy Grail.

Features

  • Don’t be shy ! Enter the stage and do something…
  • Use your eyes: Your gaze has the power to hypnotise the audience.
  • What a peculiar audience…Don’t be shy, go amaze them!

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Award

  • “GDC Best in Play” Honorable Mention, San Francisco, 2017

Boilerplate
apelab is a production studio specialized in interactive storytelling for virtual reality and mobile devices. Their focus is on creating accessible and engaging user experiences through compelling storyworlds and innovative gameplays.

More information
More information on apelab, our logo & relevant media are available here.


About apelab

Boilerplate
apelab is a production studio specialized in interactive storytelling for virtual reality and mobile devices. Their focus is on creating accessible and engaging user experiences through compelling storyworlds and innovative gameplays.

More information
More information on apelab, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Break a Leg Credits

Emilie Joly
Director

Maria Beltran
User Experience

Michael Martin
Technical Direction

Sylvain Joly
Art Direction

Elise Ramseier, Stéphane Meury, Maeva Marie-Céline
Art, Illustration, 3D Artist

Bastien Cerutti
Sound Design

Marcus Berry
Voice Artist

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