Who is it for?
Escape Fake is an ideal tool for workshops and school classes in media literacy and fake news education. You can also play Escape Fake in non-formal education contexts, as a family, or alone.
What is the ideal age group?
The game is designed for 12 to 18 year old students, but can also be played as early as 10 years old. If you are playing it with younger students, they might need a bit more support or more time to solve the rooms.
Are there any costs?
The game is free to use for everyone, has no in-app purchases and is free of ads. We are grateful to our donors and sponsors for supporting the development of the game, so we can keep it free for students, educators and families.
How long does the game take?
The game consists of two escape rooms. Each room takes about 30 min to play, so the whole game should be solvable in an hour. Advanced players who are used to problem solving games can finish both rooms in about 40 minutes.
Is there a best practice of use?
In classes and workshops, we strongly recommend that you pair 2-3 players as a team using one device. The team experience and solving riddles together make this game so much more fun.
We recommend that you use this game in a 1,5 to 2-hour workshop format. You can start with a presentation or input on fake news, and continue with the game. Alternatively, you can start directly with the game, after giving a basic briefing and instructions, and follow-up with theory at the end.
Escape Fake works best as a tool to become engaged with the topic of fake news. We are currently working together with partners in advocacy, journalism and non-profit sectors to develop a toolkit and a training course for educators, offering additional input and exercises for educators. Please check back on our website for updates.
Which languages are supported?
So far, the game is available in English and German, and we are working on translating the game to Hungarian, Italian and Romanian. If you would like to have the game in your language, and would like to volunteer with translation, feel free to contact us.
Will there be more rooms, topics and educational fun in the future?
We are currently working on an update for the Escape Fake game, which will be released in atumn 2023. If you would like to support us financially or put us in contact with grant-givers and donors to develop more rooms on different topics, feel free to reach out to us.
How to use the game?
A. Download & Install the game app Escape Fake on your mobile device (available on iOS & Android).
B. Download the Marker-Set (here)
print it on A4 or A3 and place the prints according to the instructions in the room.
C. Play and enjoy it.
D. Any feedback? You can fill in the feedback questionnaire for educators, or for players. You can sign up for our newsletter to receive regular updates on Escape Fake. Additional comments and ideas? Contact us.
What is the marker-set? What do I need it for?
The marker-set is what is required for the augmented reality experience, so the camera of your phone or tablet can augment your physical room with the play elements and riddles. The markers work in the same way as QR codes. The marker set can be found here.
Where can I print the marker-sets?
All the required images/marker-sets can be found here with all the instructions on how to use them properly.
How do I play the game and complete the levels (spoiler alert)?
All the instruction on how to complete all the levels can be found on this link and/or on this video.
How can I leave feedback?
What if the game doesn't work?
Please check the following:
- Have you accepted the use of your smartphone or tablet camera? This is a must as the app must see through the camera to augment the physical room with virtual objects.
- The game only works if you place the images you printed on the walls of your room or floor, and then scan them with your mobile phone or tablet.
Still having trouble? Contact us
How can I support you?
- If you want to be a part of the Escape Fake community, please subscribe to our newsletter to stay in touch and follow us on our social media channels.
- If you would like to support us with translations in other languages, please contact us.
- If you are a non-profit or media organisation, donor, sponsor or interested in supporting the further development of the game, please get in touch with us to see how you can support us.
- Follow us.
What kind of data are you collecting?
We take data privacy very seriously and are not collecting any information about our users, especially due to their young age. We only track the number of downloads and times the game was played on a device.