Sunday, June 28, 2009

Da Dells Part 2: Geek's Quest

One of the many free attractions offered was one called Wizard Quest. From the way it was described to me and the way their website looked, I imagined a name like "Geek's Quest" to be more appropriate.

I knew that it was a fantasy-themed labyrinth where you interact with a computer to complete some quest. My mind created an image of pimply tweeners dressed as fairies and mages playing something like Dungeons and Dragons while entering info on a Commodore 64. I was not very excited to say the least. Nevertheless, we heard good reviews about it and everyone else wanted to go. So in we went.

Yeah, turned out that this was our favorite part of the whole trip. Every team is given a barcode to interact with scanners and computers (which are modern touchscreens, not C64s) scattered across the labyrinth. Your progress and time remaining are tracked through this system. Despite a time limit of 90 minutes, we were there for 2 hours and still didn't find everything there was to find. The whole point of the attraction was to free four wizards, but to do so you had to collect points by searching for clues. We managed to find about 80% of the clues, but we only found 3 of the wizards and saved 1 of them before our time limit was up. I couldn't believe how hard it was to find those wizards! All in all, I highly recommend Wizard Quest if you're planning a trip to the Dells.

I was really bummed when our time ran out and we hadn't completed everything. I really wanted to go back again and find that fourth wizard. I'm sure we'll go back again someday with visiting family members. Problem is, the puzzles change every year, so it will be just as hard next time!

Cameras weren't allowed inside the building, so here's a clip I remixed from their promotional video. Bonus points if you can figure out what song I added. Still, the video doesn't do the place justice. Just go try it out.


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3 comments:

  1. The music? Piece of cake! Neptune, the Mystic from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst. Written for a "large symphony orchestra" meaning he doubled the size of the brass players and added 2 harps and for the final movement, a women's chorus. First performed under the baton of Sir Adrian Boult, who was also the guest conductor at one of my concerts and I even took a few conducting classes from him! He was a great conductor, true British conductor in every respect!

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  2. LOL! Showoff! ;) I considered adding in the statement "bonus points for everyone but my dad" but I felt that would break the flow. Congratulations, regardless...here's your brownie!

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  3. Um, yeah, that was my guess also. -_-

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