We just went and visited the new Sandbox VR in Murray, Utah. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had! From the minute we walked in the door we felt comfortable and welcome. Nerm did a fantastic job taking care of my family and me. We laughed and had fun while we were getting set up. My kids play VR regularly, but I haven’t ever tried it. I had heard about Sandbox VR and was excited that they brought a location to Utah!
My daughter’s 16th birthday is soon, so we went there for her party. I loved the extra attention they focused on her to make sure it was special. For the experience overall, I had watched a couple of videos about it, so I thought I knew what to expect, but really it was so much better than anything I had imagined! The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. They had my whole group up and running (all equipment, etc) within minutes, and it was way fun to interact with each other and the “VR” environment.
In case you are wondering what I am even talking about, lol, Sandbox VR is a virtual reality platform where they can hook up to 6 people together to play immersively in one game. We have sensors on our ankles and wrists as well as on our headsets and “weapons” so it really tracks all your movements. You wear a backpack (not heavy) and it vibrates when you are hit or get attacked so it really feels like you are in the movement. They also have other elements like fans, etc that help place you right in the moment.
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Because we were there for Brooklyn’s 16th birthday, they also did a fun little birthday “party” at the end of our experience. We LOVED it! The Sandbox VR in Murray is located on the south end of the Fashion Place Mall (close to the Corner Bakery Cafe). Here are some tips for your visit to the Sandbox VR in Murray:
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Take jewelry off while playing
- Take off jackets/coats
- You can take off shoes (as long as you have on socks)
- Make sure your phone is charged (the worker can take pictures and videos on your phone for you)
- There are cubby’s in the room where you will doing your experience to keep your personal belongings
- There are bathrooms and a drinking fountain
- It gets busy – make a reservation
- Have fun and enjoy every minute!
What is Sandbox VR
At Sandbox VR, groups of up to six friends freely roam VR spaces together, exploring virtual worlds and relying on each other to succeed in games specifically designed to be social experiences. When guests step into our virtual worlds, they experience the world’s most advanced virtual reality.
Our proprietary, patented technology combines full-body motion capture and high-quality haptics to provide unprecedented realism and complete immersion that’s not possible with home VR or other location-based VR platforms.
Guests choose from six exclusive experiences created by our AAA in-house development studio, each designed to make them feel like they are the stars of their own action movie.
Players experience heart-pounding, exhilarating gameplay when they fend off zombie hordes, enter a world of swashbuckling adventure, soar into the clouds in a space elevator or compete against one another in a futuristic combat arena – the true future of immersive entertainment.
What experiences are there at the Sandbox VR in Murray
At the Sandbox VR in Murray, there are 6 experiences (as of now) that you can choose from. Since we had youngish (11 yo +) kids but still wanted something a little intense, we choose Amber Sky 2088. Here is a breakdown of each one offered.
Deadwood Valley – Deadwood Valley is Sandbox VR’s newest VR Experience. By far our most visually stunning and immersive experience yet, your squad will face off against a variety of terrifying zombies in an epic battle across multiple locations. Deadwood Valley raises the bar for interactivity. Your interactions with the characters you meet change how the story unfolds. Plus experience the NEW enhanced Nightmare Update featuring a new deadly weapon, gruesome enemy, and difficulty mode for the most experienced zombie hunters! Discover the ultimate experience in action-horror today.
Deadwood Mansion – The Deadwood Mansion Experience is the one that started it all – the very first hyperreality escape experience ever created. Recently remastered with haptics technology, for the first time you’ll feel the fear as the undead zombie residents of Deadwood Mansion reach out and touch you.
Amber Sky 2088 – Amber Sky 2088 is our 3rd and most ambitious experience. Journey from the futuristic city of New Hong Kong and soar through the clouds via Earth’s last standing space elevator. Take in the cityscape, the curvature of the Earth, and space itself while escorting a mysterious package that could be humanity’s last line of defense from the Rawcor invasion of Earth.
Star Trek: Discovery – Built in partnership with CBS Interactive, Star Trek: Discovery Away Mission fully immerses you in the world of Star Trek like never before. You and your friends will join the crew aboard the U.S.S. Discovery. In your role as Starfleet officers, you’ll have the chance to stand on a transporter pad with your own two feet and get beamed to your Away Mission. Guiding you on your mission is Starfleet officer Sylvia Tilly (voiced by Mary Wiseman). As an Away Team, you will investigate a mysterious distress signal originating from an unexplored alien world. Using iconic Starfleet equipment like the phaser and tricorder, it is up to your crew to work together to solve the mystery and survive the perils along the way.
Curse of Davy Jones – Your guild of treasure hunters has finally tracked down the lost treasure of Davy Jones. Will you find the treasure in time, or will the Curse of Davy Jones strike again and claim your souls?
Unbound Fighting League – Limited release at select Sandbox VR locations. Unbound Fighting League (UFL) is a player versus player (PVP) fighting experience that combines physical sports and esports. It’s a world where you can fight without being limited by the confines of reality. Duel your opponents in breathtaking arenas with full body motion capture—your virtual body is your real body. Control how you look, where you fight, how you fight, and what weapons you’ll wield. Transform yourself into a fighter that’s unbound by physics, reality, and your own limitations. Go beyond the limits of traditional games and sports. You’re unbound.
A huge shoutout to Nerm at the Sandbox VR in Murray! He is a rockstar. Totally made the whole experience unforgettable!
Have you been to Sandbox VR in Murrary (or another location) before?
What did you think? (If you haven’t – find one close to you now and go, lol)
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