A real-life version of popular escape games for the PC, players are trapped in a room and have to figure out clues in order to free themselves within a time limit.
The idea of making these virtual rooms a physical reality was hugely popular and really took off in Japan.
Nazo Tomo Cafe reflects this diversification and the games on offer vary to suit all tastes.
Aimed at teens of 15 years and above, the first range was introduced in March this year and sold so well that a brand new line has just gone on sale. Costing just ¥200, the new styles include Mount Fuji, a banana print and lurid pink.
The “Pipo-kun Song” video, made to celebrate the fact that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s counter crime initiative Twitter account now has more than 60,000 followers, is a collaboration between a synthetic voice and the police headquarters’ orchestra.
However, the consensus on the web seems to be that there is no mistaking that Pipo has Hatsune’s distinctive saccharine sweet voice.
When asked by J-Cast if this was a correct assumption, the police replied, “The identity of the singer hasn’t been announced.” One wonders why they’re being so reticent as Hatsune’s “dulcet” tones are now commonplace, having been widely used in the many commercials and TV show theme songs. 6 and Sept 23, the Nazo Tomo Cafe is a mystery waiting to be solved.
A pop-up shop with a difference appeared on the fashionable streets of Shibuya last month. Inside, for ¥1,000, customers can team up with strangers or friends to solve a puzzle of their choice.