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Beta testing an escape room at Improbable Escapes
Whenever we design a game at Improbable Escapes, we always go through a beta testing process. We typically go through multiple rounds of testing to ensure that our games are of the highest quality. Beta testing is an opportunity for real players to play the first iteration of a game to uncover any bugs or issues before we release our games to the public.
This is one of the most important parts of our game design process – without feedback, we aren’t able to improve our game design!
We also use beta testing as a method of training new employees – your feedback helps them ensure they provide the best possible experience for our customers.
How does Beta Testing work?
We typically begin the beta testing process by testing individual puzzles, to ensure that they’re solvable and enjoyable. After this process, our game design team then creates a “rough draft” version of the game. This is the version of the game that we ask our customers to beta test for us.
As the game is in rough form, we anticipate speed bumps in the design potentially including puzzles that aren’t even solvable. That’s why we need your help! We rely on your honest and open feedback so that we can understand what the designers need to change before releasing the final version of the game.
We ask that when signing up for beta testing, you put aside 2 hours to be safe. Players may be asked to finish the entire game. Depending on the experience, this can take up to 2 hours to complete.
Whenever we have available spots for testing games, they will be posted below. All spots are first come first serve, and completely free. If you’d like to be notified of beta testing opportunities, please fill out the form below and you’ll automatically be notified of any new opportunities!
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The Undersea Overthrow
We’re currently beta testing our newest game to be released in Spring 2022.
The purpose of this beta test is for our game development team to see the user experience and understand how to alter the game before launch.
This game is not 100% complete – which means if you want to be able to play the full final version of the game, we highly suggest that you do not sign up to beta test the game.
This game is located at Improbable Escapes HQ – located in downtown Kingston.
What to expect:
- There may be puzzles that do not work
- There might be puzzles that are very difficult
- Items might break during the experience
- There might be pauses as a game developer needs to assess a situation
Players must have played one game with us previously.
Beta test experiences are first come first serve, and can be reserved below.
Please note: if you sign up for a beta test, you may be photographed or filmed. By signing up, every team member is giving consent for their images and videos to be posted on social media, the Improbable Escapes website, and other marketing platforms.
Your beta test is subject to cancellation or game shortening if any issues arise with the game prior to beta test, or if anything malfunctions that’s not passable in your game. We will notify you as soon as possible if your beta test spot needs to be cancelled.
Spots are first come first serve – if you see that the booking spots below are full, there aren’t any spots left. Please do not send us an email or call to book into a full spot – it overwhelms our communication channels.