It can be difficult to keep your teens away from their video games, but the Viva Las Vengeance: Army of the Dead VR experience in Paramus might be approved by even the most screen-obsessed teens as it combines zombies, games. escape and a virtual reality gaming experience. My 15 year old daughter and I tried this recently and it was really fun, and I’m not even a gamer. In addition, there are tacos after!
Viva Las Vengeance: Army of the Dead turned the old Best Buy near Garden State Plaza into a real zombie fighting experience. The film Army of the dead is now available on Netflix and forms the basis of this new experience of Netflix and Fever. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen the movie. There are plenty of videos and staff to get you up to speed, but knowing the movie will definitely improve the experience. All you need to know upon entering is that you are going to be equipped and dispatched to fight the zombies.
Once you have entered and passed the giant Siberian Tiger zombie, you will need to register. Customers must wear masks during the entire stay (except while eating) regardless of their immunization status. The experience is recommended for ages 13 and up, as the graphics are super realistic and the movie is rated R, but a 12 year old who loves zombies and video games might be in itâ¦ you know your kid better. All children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Then comes the fun part. You will enter a room where you can choose your character (and the weapon of your choice), you will also be able to choose if you want to sit or stand. I have motion sickness so I chose to sit down, and if you’re a bit overwhelmed with VR you might want to go for that too. Then you are debriefed by someone who is trying to fight off the army of the living dead. These staff have character and you will feel like you are in an escape room on your way to a mission. Once prepared, you can store your loose items in a locker (trust me, the vehicle moves, so you’ll want to do that), then head over to the vehicle and into your assigned seat. You can be part of a team of up to six people who go on a rescue mission.
You’ll don your glove sensors and hat sensor, pick up your weapon (they’re surprisingly heavy), and you’ll be completely immersed in the experience. Worried about germs? The helmets and VR gear are passed through a UV lamp and the trucks are cleaned between each guest. Because the vehicle you find yourself in is moving and shaking with the VR action, they don’t recommend heels or flip-flops, and instead suggest sneakers, especially if you’re on your feet. And for the duration of the adventure, you will be shooting zombies (in the head, this is the most effective) as they try to take down your vehicle.
The entire experience takes around 30 minutes, and you can then take photos with some of the cool props around the building. And don’t forget to throw C3’s Sin City Tacos when you’re done fighting the zombies. They have a menu of tacos and burritos themed items and sides.
Viva Las Vengeance: Army of the Dead is now open at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, One Garden State Plaza. The RV The experience will be open Wednesday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets start at $ 24 and advance reservations are highly recommended.