Setup Guide for the GAME MASTERS
Hello parents, teachers, and other creative people ☺
We are so glad that you chose this game, because we truly believe your kids are going to have a lot of fun with it. Preparing the game can be as much fun as playing it, and this guide will help you create the most amazing experience for your children.
You are going to be directly involved throughout the game while interacting with the whole group.
Actually, you are going to have two roles:
1. Setting up the game, and
2. Playing the role of Lau Kamau – the friendly giant guardian.
This role will allow you to guide the kids, monitor their progress, and help them if necessary. And because we made a special guide for you, your job will be a piece of cake! But first let’s start with the setup!
The basic setup will take around 15-30 minutes, but if you’re willing to put in more effort, you can make it even more amazing (bonus: make it more special).
So let’s start!
Step 1: Download and Print
There are three ways to download your game kit:
- After the purchase, you will receive an email from email@example.com with the download link.
- You can download it on the purchase confirmation page, or
- In the My Account page.
Open the PDF file “THE GAME” and print it on a regular home/office color printer. Go to printer properties and select:
- Letter or A4 paper size
- Fit to paper
- One-sided printing
- Color mode: Color
For a better feeling, use thicker paper, but any paper will get the job done!
“Wooka Booka Island” is played as one team (2-5 players), or by multiple teams – like a competition.
If there are more than 5 players, don’t worry – just divide them into teams and print out one copy for each team. This way, they can compete against each other, and the first team that manages to find the long-lost treasure wins it all.
2-5 players – print one copy
6-11 players – print two copies
12-17 players – print three copies, and so on
Remember that you can print the game as many times as you want. If you are a teacher, for example, it means that you can use this game for every class and become the coolest teacher in your school.
Step 2: Make sure you grab:
Almost everyone already has these items in their homes, and that’s why it’s very easy to start preparing the escape as soon as you buy the game. One of our goals was to make this game accessible at any time form the comfort of your home and to be playable using these everyday items on a budget.
Step 3: Set up the game
Few of the puzzles need your final touch to become wondrous tricks. Preparing these puzzles takes no more then 5-10 minutes and within the game kit you will receive a detailed manual describing how to do it properly. You only have to:
1. Cut the snake cards
2. Cut and Hide the circles
3. Separate the four challenges
4. Choose an empty table where the game will be played!
…. AND THAT’S IT, A PIECE OF CAKE.
You will get more detailed information about these steps in the “Setup Guide” that comes within the game kit!
Step 4: Print or open the CHEAT SHEET
From now on, your role is to moderate the game, using the “Cheat Sheet”. This guide will help you with:
- Observing the team’s progress
- Assisting the team if needed
- Explaining the game rules to the kids
- Reading your lines (for the role of the giant guardian Lau Kamau)
You can use this “Cheat Sheet” directly from any device, so it’s not necessary that you print it.
Step 5. When the players arrive
The Escape Room game is more than just solving puzzles or challenges. Actually, the experience very much depends on the smallest details. So in order to increase the player’s immersion into the story, try spicing your lines with a dramatic voice or, even better, use some of your acting skills. Now is your chance to show off in front of the kids and establish your status as the coolest parent/teacher ☺ Well, it’s all about the fun, isn’t it?
What about after the game?
You should get the kids involved even after they finish the game by making a short debrief. At this point, the kids are having a blast, they feel smart and accomplished, and they want to talk about the game. Go through the puzzles, ask them what they found the most interesting, which was the hardest challenge, etc. Sharing these impressions brings the game full circle, making the experience more complete and fun. Better yet, make a themed photo with all the posters included in the game kit and post it on your social media profiles.
Bonus: Make it more special
With a little more effort, you can make this game even more amazing.
Since every kid loves surprise, we recommend you make a real treasure chest. Given that the final challenge (opening the treasure chest) is being solved by finding the 3 digit code, you can create a real treasure chest.
- Take an empty cardboard box, or any kind of chest,
- Fill it up with anything that will make your kids happy (lots of chocolates, jelly beans, toys, or even a birthday present),
- Seal the box with a three-digit combination padlock (code 274).
This way, you increase the anticipation of what’s inside the box, which brings a whole new level of excitement to the game. The kids will have greater motivation getting to the final solution and achieving the goal.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your creative ideas. There isn’t much room for error, but there are many opportunities to make it amazing.
Send invitations to the players
We have created editable invitations. Change the name, place, and date of your party and send it to your guests via Facebook, Instagram, email, etc. If you want to go old-school style, print the invitations and send them via the local post office.
Create a better atmosphere
• Play background music from our playlist. Check out the “Wooka Booka” playlist. The music adds so much to the experience.
• Get toys/items/decoration that suit the storyline.
• Hang posters around the room. You can find them in the game kit.
• Serve some drinks and snacks. The game tastes better this way!