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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 2, February 2013, Posted On: 2/1/2013

Namco Pushes Arcade Video Thrills To New Height; Dark Escape 4D Ships With Heart-Rate Sensors

Nick Montano
TAGS: Dark Escape 4D, Namco video game, Namco Bandai, IAAPA Brass Ring Award, arcade shooter, coin-op video game, heart monitor

Dark Escape

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL -- The winner of IAAPA's Brass Ring Award for Best New Product in the arcade category, Namco Bandai's latest arcade shooter is well positioned to be one of the most talked about games of 2013. Because Dark Escape 4D takes videogame thrills to new heights, Namco decided to furnish its new game with heart-rate sensors.

"[Dark Escape 4D] is an entertainment experience that bombards your senses," a Namco America spokesman said. "It has repaved the path and created a new standard for video arcade games."

Dark Escape 4D has air blasters in the front and rear of its enclosed cabinet to simulate the breath of lunging zombies. The sensation runs down the back of a player's neck to create a full body experience. Rumble seats and heavy recoil guns augment the physical experience. Stunning 3D HD graphics make it seem as if zombies are leaping out of the screen. The game cabinet also features a player-specific 5.1 surround sound system that further enhances the 3D experience.

Medical-monitoring sensors on the unit's gun grips scrutinize a player's heart rate throughout the game; Namco calls this a panic detection system. The system records so-called "panic attacks," and the number of attacks of each player is displayed at the end of each stage. | SEE VIDEO

The new game's installation dimension is 63" W. x 96" D. x 89" H. The action takes place on a 46" high-def screen and players wear 3D glasses with an antibacterial coating. The objective: Players try to escape from a mad man's twisted game by shooting their way out with weapons that he provides to stop experimental creatures and the undead that leap from the screen.

Players can choose to play any of the four fear-themed stages. A bonus fifth stage is available once all four stages are completed.

Namco said the first Dark Escape 4D production run was sold out at the end of the IAAPA attractions Expo in November. The next limited run will begin shipping in March.

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