In the AK Escape Game, we address the topic of justice and fairness in the workplace, in an augmented reality escape room game that brings the player to perform employee espionage but also help create a fairer work culture on Mars.
“We wanted to find a playful way in introducing new technologies and an idea of the “Arbeiterkammer” to Salzburg's pupils. For this reason, we developed “The AK Escape Games” in a great cooperation with Polycular.”Mag.a Sabine Stadler, Bildung, Jugend & Kultur, AK Salzburg
Power imbalance creates unequal working conditions between companies and employees. That is why the Chamber of Labor in Salzburg was founded, to enforce better rights for employees and thus ensure more justice in Austria. Especially in the context of remote working and the COVID-19 pandemic, AKS wanted to raise questions related to long and stressful working hours, employee monitoring and productivity, workers injustice and the need for healthy work environments.
For AKS, we created an augmented reality escape room comprising two experiences. The first one, “Sherlock Homeoffice”, deals with the topic of monitoring employees during home office. The player is a private detective engaged in an espionage mission, aiming to find out if an employee is really working in the home office or not. Breaking and entering, hacking into smart home devices, the player needs to decide between reporting on what he has found and rising against the employer, to report them to AK for their espionage. Hint: not everything is as it seems and somebody else’s behavior might have been tracked instead.
In the second room, the AK sends out the “voice of justice” to establish an AK-like organisation on Mars, where humans extract valuable resources under terrible conditions. But on the way to Mars, her spacecraft breaks down due to sabotage. The player needs to get the ship up and running again, with the help of a robot, while dealing with the topics of renewable energy, recalibrating space navigation to guide the voice of workers on Mars, hazardous work environments as well as human-robot collaboration.