It can be hard to drag your teens out of their video games, but the VR experience of Viva Las Vengeance: Army of the Dead in Paramus can get even the most screen-obsessed teenager as it combines zombies, escape fun room and a virtual reality gaming experience. My 15 year old daughter and I have tried this recently and it has been a lot of fun, I am not even a gambler. Plus, there are tacos afterwards!
Viva Las Vengeance: Army of the Dead has transformed the former Best Buy near Garden State Plaza into a complete zombie fighting experience. The movie Army of the Dead it now comes out on Netflix and is the basis of this new Netflix and Fever experience. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen the movie. There are plenty of videos and staff to catch up on, but getting to know the film will definitely enhance the experience. All you need to know is that you will be prepared and expelled to fight the zombies.
Once you enter and overcome the giant zombie of the Siberian tiger, you will have to register. Guests must wear masks throughout their stay (except eating) regardless of vaccination status. The experience is recommended from the age of 13, as the graphics are super realistic and the film has an R score, but a 12-year-old who loves zombies and video games could be there … you know better your child. All children aged 15 and under require an adult to be with them at all times.
Then comes the fun part. You will enter a room where you can choose your character (and the weapon you choose), you will also be able to choose whether you want to sit or stand. I’m annoyed by the movement, so I chose to sit back, and if virtual reality invades you a little, you might want to opt for that. Then you will be informed by a person who is trying to fight the army of undead. These staff members are of character and you will feel a bit like you are in an escape room going out on the mission. Once ready, you can store the loose items in a closet (trust me, the vehicle is moving, so you’ll want to do so) and then head to the vehicle and your assigned seat. You can be with a team of up to six people going out on a rescue mission.
You’ll put on the glove sensors and the hat sensor, pick up the weapon (they’re surprisingly heavy), and you’ll be completely immersed in the experience. Worried about germs? Headphones and virtual reality equipment are passed through ultraviolet light and trucks are cleaned between each customer. Because the vehicle in which it moves and shakes along with the action of the RV, they do not recommend heels or flip flops, but suggest sneakers, especially if you are standing. And during the adventure, you will shoot at zombies (the boss is the most effective) as they try to shoot down the vehicle.
The whole experience lasts about 30 minutes and then you can take pictures with some of the coolest accessories in the building. And don’t forget to hit C3’s Sin City Tacos when you’re done fighting zombies. They have a menu of tacos and burritos and sides themed items, as well as beer, hard seltzer and margaritas.
Viva Las Vengeance: Army of the Dead is now open at Paramus Garden State Plaza in One Garden State Plaza. He RV the experience will be open from Wednesday to Thursday from 12 to 19 h and from Friday to Sunday from 11 to 20 h. Tickets start at $ 24 and advance reservations are recommended.