Scilly Features In New Video Game

Screenshot from the game.

Screenshot from the game.

Many islanders and visitors know how weather and sea conditions can easily scupper plans to travel from Scilly.

And now, getting off the islands has become a ‘virtual’ experience after one company has developed an online challenge game.

Escape From the Isles of Scilly is centred on getting out of the islands, with the player taking on the role of a tourist who is trapped and needs to get back to the mainland.

Players answer puzzles, which allow them to pick up tools such as a lifebelt, seashell and a starfish to use in in making their escape from the isles.

It’s been created by India-based company Eight Games.

Developer Bret Lee says the research team heard how popular Scilly was and they wanted to serve fans of the islands with this special edition in their ‘Escape Games’ series.

So far around 75,000 players have enjoyed the challenge online and it’s received more than 7,500 downloads on Android.

They’re yet to release an Apple-friendly iOS format version of the game.

The challenges include on screen images of islands’ landmarks including Juliet’s Garden, Tresco Abbey Gardens, St Mary’s golf course and a number of the burial chambers.

7 Responses to Scilly Features In New Video Game

  1. Adrian J,G. Davis October 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Dear Cuthbert,
    Spot On!
    I have had such thoughts for some time after seeing a link Adam Morton added some months ago for a smaller faster ( catamaran?) such as that which serves the North sea rigs all year round.
    How about a small fleet (3/4/5/….) of faster fifty seat (approx.) replacing the single large vessel but retaining the valiant Gry (or similar) for freight.They could then be scheduled to leave a.m. each day from each side offering a ‘Seabus’ service. This would enable a flexible service covering the ten fold variation in the seasonal passenger demand and when weather allows, could run a shuttle service at busy times. That is a similar service as now offered by Skybus, with more rapid ‘turn arounds ‘ etc. which, of course will always as is flying. be constrained by the weather. A more flexible timetable would answer the requirements of Locals and visitors enabling more joined up travel plans.
    I spoke to Rob Goldsmith and Andrew May with theses ideas at their open meeting at the Scillonian Club and was pleased to hear that many such options are being discussed.

    We need to think ‘outside the box’!!



  2. Snake Pliskin2 October 29, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I think you are all going off topic here!! I think it should be looked into doing a minecraft style online arena of the islands to explore. Denmark is in the process of doing it for their whole country!

  3. Mrs E Windsor October 27, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    The hardest part of escaping is having to use the sole transport provider, who seems to chop and change the boat times at will, or cancel planes because a little bit of bad weather

    • Mrs E Windsor's sister October 28, 2015 at 7:47 am

      That’s because the IOS Steamship Co is run for the sole benefit of the directors, I think all of them Scillonians, so when we moan about boat times not being helpful for onward links it makes no difference. The directors just don’t care about you.or Scilly’s transport problems because they are sitting on a nice profitable business monopoly.

      It wouldn’t take much for the boat to leave twice a week at 3pm so everyone could take advantage of onward travel or even better have the Scillonian stop over for one night and return the following morning.

      Perhaps one of the directors would like to comment or are you all too scared?

      • Cuthbert Collingwood October 28, 2015 at 6:09 pm

        I am no expert (and therefore obviously not a Scillonian) but what about replacing the Scillonian III with 3 boats? Two smaller boats for passengers, luggage and freight. Each day, one could start from St Marys and the other to start from Penzance. The third could be a faster boat (not really designed for freight) for day-trippers only – leaving from Penzance. There would be greater flexibility in the event of engineering issues and bad weather. Also, Day trippers might get a ‘day trip’ (rather than the rushed couple of hours as now) – giving them more opportunity to enjoy the experience and, perhaps, spend a bit more money on the islands.

      • just saying October 29, 2015 at 9:23 pm

        only half of them Mrs E windsor’s sister so get your facts straight (or google them)

  4. Carole Cilia October 26, 2015 at 11:02 am

    they’ve obviously been to Scilly in bad weather then …