“I love working with the Wild Optimists as they always make each collaboration a wonderful experience. Their endless talents never cease to amaze as they not only come in with unique and fully thought out concepts but also have an excellent understanding of what will play well in different mediums.”
Jared Morell, Den of Thieves
To promote the release of the Invisible Man DVD during the height of the COVID 19 pandemic, Universal Pictures wanted to give press and influencers a memorable and entertaining experience they could do in the safety of their own home.
The Wild Optimists created an activity book with a wide range of unique puzzles that jumped off the page for a truly immersive experience. Set in the world of the film, the activity book allowed players to aid Cecilia in her quest to "Find The Invisible Man."
Players thoroughly enjoyed the experience, enthusiastically capturing the fun on social media and creating a swell of buzz for the DVD release.
CW'S NANCY DREW
How do you engage a virtual audience? With puzzles of course! For the 2020 ATX Television festival, the CW hired the Wild Optimists to create an online puzzling experience to promote their hit show, Nancy Drew.
The Wild Optimists brainstormed with the writers to create a narrative that was cheeky, fun, and completely on brand. They designed a series of puzzles that led players on an exciting adventure with their favorite tv stars. Finally, the Wild Optimists worked with the cast to create compelling videos and unexpected reveals.
The result was a puzzle quest that was fun and approachable, both for diehard fans and those new to the show.
"Holy sh*t. This might be one of my favorite mailers ever! This was an absolute blast to try to figure out!! It wasn't easy but I did manage to #FindTheInvisibleMan."
Perri Nemiroff, Collider.com
ESCAPE ROOM MOVIE
For the DVD release of the Escape Room movie, Sony commissioned a bespoke game to send to influencers, press, and talent.
We created a game that expands the world of the film. There are hidden Easter eggs for the die hard fan, and it is a blast even for those with no prior knowledge of the film.
The puzzle flow is exciting, unexpected, and visually interesting (perfect for filming and getting viral shares).
"The Wild Optimists embody all the best qualities of great game design: they're delightful, surprising, innovative, and thoughtful, much like the wonderful games they create. These ladies are truly passionate about what they do and it shows in their work."
Cara Mandel, Meow Wolf & Interwoven Immersive
ELECTRIC FOREST MUSIC FESTIVAL
A four day music festival that draws over 45,000 attendees to listen to music, experience immersive art installations and… play puzzles.
We designed two puzzle quests and an immersive event. The quests spanned the forest, art installations, and village area.
These quests were fun, durable and were played by thousands of people over four days. Many attendees cited our games as their favorite part of the festival.
CREATE THE ESCAPE
KIDS TV SHOW
Universal Kids wanted to tap into all the stem learning and fun inherent in escape rooms with their pilot, Create the Escape. In the show, teams of kids work together to create an escape room for their parents to run through.
We worked as puzzle consultants, helping to shape the narrative to make sure the challenges were inherent to the story. We presented a variety of puzzle ideas that would be visually interesting and exciting for the viewer at home to watch, then worked with the production team to decide which ones would be best for the kids to create for their parents.
“Loved working with Juliana & Ariel. They created a magical experience for our Anti-Gala. It got attendees making new friends and playing together in a matter of seconds. Can’t wait to find more things to build together."
Brent Bushnell, Two Bit Circus