[VR MAZE]In the Game arcade joins Icon Park lineup with VR, space-themed escape room, more

  In the Game, an arcade featuring virtual-reality experiences, an escape room with an outer-space theme, a maze made of mirrors and dozens of games of feat, strategy and luck, is now operating at Icon Park.

  “The theme is you’re on a spaceship, and you are running into trouble in space, and you have to solve different puzzles to get out of that trouble,” said Randy Schneider, district manager for the Florida market of Illinois-based Family Entertainment Group, which owns In the Game. There are five puzzles to solve during the 30-minute experience designed for 2-10 people.

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  “Our company actually developed the software; everything you see in there is developed by us,” Schneider said. “It’s the second market that we’ve taken that escape room to, and people are loving it.”

  In the Game is an addition to the Wheelhouse for Icon Park. It's now open to the public. In the Game is an addition to the Wheelhouse for Icon Park. It’s now open to the public. (Dewayne Bevil / Orlando Sentinel)

  Adjacent to the escape room is the mirror maze, a twisted hall of reflections. The time needed to complete that attraction varies, but folks usually are wrapped up in about 20 minutes.

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  “We don’t put a time limit on it,” Schneider said. “It’s 800 square feet, although when you walk in, you probably think you’re in about 3,000 square feet.”

  In the Game takes up a total of 7,000 square feet.

  In the Game customers can get lost in the mirror maze. There's no time limit. In the Game customers can get lost in the mirror maze. There’s no time limit. (Dewayne Bevil / Orlando Sentinel)

  The maze and escape room were built in a space that was previously a rarely used theater in Icon Park’s Wheelhouse, and part of In the Game operates where a long ticket counter stood. Its neighbors include Madame Tussauds Orlando, Sea Life Aquarium Orlando and the Wheel. About two years ago, Icon Park did an audit of how it was using its space, said Chris Jaskiewicz, the International Drive complex’s president and CEO.

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  “We saw that we have a lot of space that if it were to be reconfigured, it would be terrific guest space,” Jaskiewicz said. “We filled it in and found a terrific partner to come take the space.”

  In the Game’s VR experiences include a four-person arena called Boxblaster that features shooting and non-shooting games. A two-seater called Virtual Rabbids simulates roller coasters, including Alpine Express, a six-minute experience that gives the feeling of motion (including deep drops), teetering on ledges, encounters with mythical beasts (and whales), vibrations and welcome bursts of cool wind. A third option is a racing experience aboard a virtual motorcycle.

  Virtual Rabbids is a two-seater VR experience at the new In the Game location at Icon Park. Virtual Rabbids is a two-seater VR experience at the new In the Game location at Icon Park. (Dewayne Bevil / Orlando Sentinel)

  There are 40 arcade games, some of which are modernized versions of classics. Basketball meets Connect 4 on one side; across the way is Fishbowl Frenzy, a digital version of the disc-drop game Plinko. There are crane games in which folks (try to) grab a prize.

  In the Game is connected with the nearby 7D theater, which recently was moved across the Wheelhouse and enclosed. It has three movie options for up to eight people.

  That theater, VR games and mirror maze are $12 apiece. The escape room is $20 per person. Game cards are available in multiple denominations. Packages for multiple activities are available. Icon Park also sells a PlayPass combo deal for $69, which includes an In the Game game card, admission to attractions and discounts at select stores and restaurants.

  The I-Drive location of In the Game is the sixth one nationally, including one in Sunrise.

  In the Game prize tickets may be collected digitally or players can opt to watch old-school paper tickets file of the machine for redemption. Kids like the latter option, Schneider said.

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  “They want the instant gratification,” he said.

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  More changes are coming to the Wheelhouse, including a bar, a circular ticket counter and new doorways, Jaskiewicz said.

  “We keep adding, adding, adding,” he said.

  For more information and ticket purchases, go to iconparkorlando.com.

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