Tell me about MagiQuest
September 3, 2014 5:54 AM Subscribe
Recently, my family and I went on vacation at Great Wolf Lodge New England
(their newest resort). My son fell in love with the MagiQuest
game but there isn't as much information about it online as one might expect. Can you enlighten me, Master Magi?
For those who don't know what MagiQuest is, it's an interactive game that spans an entire building. The player gets an IR "magic wand" and points it at screens and artifacts throughout the hotel to solve quests (effectively scavenger hunts with the occasional puzzle to solve).
My 6-year-old loved loved loved the game. We spent 3 days (taking our time) running back and forth across the hotel until he reached Master Magi level. If we had gone non-stop we could probably have finished the whole thing in a couple of hours. Especially with the other friendly players willing to help each other out.
And then.. it kind of ended anticlimactically. We rewarded him with a special "wand topper" after winning (which we of course had to pay for), and tried it out, but the game didn't have anything additional to offer at that point.
But I wanted to find out more about the game.
It turns out that this is a fixture at every Great Wolf Lodge, as well as some other dedicated facilities.
There used to be an online component -- a whole online game, plus a store for wands/accessories and a way to check your own "status" through the website -- but those all seem to have gone by the wayside some time in 2012, disappointingly.
The game website, facebook page, and twitter account also haven't been updated significantly since 2012, long before GWL New England opened.
There's an email address on the site -- email@example.com -- but messages to it are only met with a bounce message indicating a poorly-configured Exchange Server [at greatwolf.com, which is a bit telling in itself].
One of the things I was particularly curious about was from the little bit I found scouring youtube.
Obviously, different locations are going to have different quests. But it seems like they can also have different versions of the same quest.
One of the quests is versus the "Goblin King". In our version, the Goblin King was a small, weak, green guy with a voice reminiscent of Droopy Dog, lamenting the fact that the princess didn't love him boo hoo.
But from what I've found on youtube, and the few assets on the website itself, the Goblin King in other locations is a big scary guy with a growly voice (I'd call him more of an Orc than a Goblin) and seemingly a different method of defeating him. The quests themselves at those locations also seem to have higher "production values"; less of the quest relies on a touchscreen, with more physical elements, and the on-screen graphics seem higher-quality as well.
It also seems like other facilities actually have "higher-level" quests, and the ability to duel against other players, as well as out-of-game rewards like spending your in-game "gold" on prize tickets.
I would expect, with a game like this, that there would be a fanbase, with online forums and such, and possibly more information somewhere.
Is the game simply on life-support now? Or does it have an active fan community anywhere?
Is it worth visiting another one of the locations and bringing my son's wand along so he can "advance"?
Basically, does anyone know anything about this game, other than the little bit I've been able to scrape together from googling?