ARctic Escape: Promoting Social Connection, Teamwork, and Collaboration Using a Co-Located Augmented Reality Escape Room

Theodore Knoll, Amna Liaqat, Andrés Monroy-Hernández

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Abstract

We present ARctic Escape, a co-located augmented reality (AR) escape room designed to promote collaboration between dyads through play. While physical escape rooms provide groups with fun, social experiences, they require a gameplay venue, props, and a game master, all of which detract from their ease of access. Existing AR escape rooms demonstrate that AR can make escape room experiences easier to access. Still, many AR escape rooms are single-player and therefore fail to maintain the social and collaborative elements of their physical counterparts. This paper presents ARctic Escape, a two-person AR escape room with clues emphasizing player interaction and teamwork. We evaluated ARctic Escape by conducting semi-structured interviews with four dyads to learn about participants' interpersonal dynamics and experiences during gameplay. We found that participants thought the experience was fun, collaborative, promoted discussion, and inspired new social dynamics, but sometimes the escape room's reliance on virtual content was disorienting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2023 - Extended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450394222
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 19 2023
Event2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Apr 23 2023Apr 28 2023

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityHamburg
Period4/23/234/28/23

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

Keywords

  • Asymmetric Visual Information
  • Augmented Reality
  • Co-Located
  • Collaboration
  • Escape Room
  • Games
  • Mobile AR
  • Playful
  • Social

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