It's Johnny here, or Jacky - whichever version you follow, it doesn't change the fact that another The Shining board game is in the works. "The Op" adapts Stanley Kubrick's horror classic as an escape board game with the subtitle "Escape from the Overlook Hotel". The game is supposed to be released in autumn, in Germany probably via the usual distribution channels, i.e. online shops. 


To clear up a misconception that many film lovers see as a mistake. In the original version, Double-Jack chops out the line "Here is Johnny!" after carefully opening the bathroom door with an ax in the 80s classic - even though the character's real name is Jack Torrence. In the German version, this became the exclamation "Hier ist Jacky!", which seems more understandable, but only for the German audience.

In the US, the call "Here's Johnny!" is a homage to late-night showman Johnny Carson. In this country, nobody would understand that - probably not in modern America today either. And now for The Shining escape board game.

Again: Danny and Wendy on the run 

The horror classic from 1980 celebrates its 40th birthday this year. The US publisher The Op is therefore giving fans an escape game for home that is based on the strip. The title "The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel" does not reinvent the setting - nor should it. And so it's Danny and Wendy again, escaping the axe-wielding Jack Torrance through the spooky hotel.

The game idea is based on what you know from home escape games. In "The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel" you have to solve puzzles, find clues and ultimately find your way out of the hotel. The escape game will also work as a solo game, but it is probably much more fun in a group because solving puzzles is always a highly interactive experience. 

The shining is of course also used. Danny can use his ability to find hidden clues. Wendy, on the other hand, should be able to use objects - very pragmatic, but helpful. The escape experience should last around two hours and be comparatively challenging. Escape from Jack Torrance is unlikely to be a walk in the park.

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Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Ling are responsible for the implementation. The game is again based on The Ops "Coded Chronicles" system, with which an escape game for Scooby-Doo was also implemented. The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel is due out in the fall for around $30.

Incidentally, this concoction is not the first board game for the film: Already at the beginning of the year Prospero Hall announced an adaptationdesigned by the makers of board games like Jaws or Villainous.


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