A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published April 30th 2019
Get your Game Face On
Several years ago I wrote an article reviewing Twisted Science in Echuca a wonderful place for children to indulge in all kinds of STEM activities (education buzzword: acronym for science, technology, engineering and maths) which my children literally adored. You can read my original article here. Whilst investigating another potential trip to the Echuca Moama region recently I discovered that a lot has been happening at Twisted since our last visit namely a unique installation called 'Climb' which looks set to scale new heights in the world of virtual reality.
Climb is the only climbing wall of its kind in the country
Climb is a climbing and gaming wall which is the first of its kind in Australia. It has come to our humble shores all the way from chilly Finland. Fill in a waiver, make sure you're wearing appropriate clothing and running shoes, and take to the wall to complete challenges individually, or battle a friend in a head-to-head competition. As you make your way up and across the wall as you would on a regular climbing wall images are projected onto the surface which create an interactive gaming experience.
Whack-a-bat is one of the games you can choose from. As you may have guessed, the objective is to see how many bats you can whack before the time runs out (whilst concurrently staying on the wall!). This game is suitable for all abilities as it has different levels depending on your skill. It can be played individually or with a friend. If you don't have a friend (sad face) you might like to try Sparks. In Sparks, you need to get from one point to another without touching the electrical lines. Sounds simple? Not when said lines are moving! Again there are a range of levels to keep everyone challenged. Climball is the final game, in which there are two modes: competitive and collaborative. If you're feeling competitive, you need to get the ball past your opponent to the opposite wall a bit like slamming the puck into your goal in air hockey. In collaborative mode players work together to try and keep the ball in the middle of the wall for as long as possible.
Twisted Science is well worth a visit, particularly now Climb has been added to the repertoire. If you're in Echuca Moama for a day or two, you could combine a visit to Twisted with an exploration of the historic port of Echuca or hitch a ride on the mighty Murray from a passing paddle steamer. I feel a mini-break coming on