What is Activate Games in Gatlinburg? A look behind the scenes

Activate Games in Gatlinburg

Activate Games in Gatlinburg is one of only a handful of locations of its kind in the whole nation (media photo courtesy of Activate Games)

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Breakout Games and Activate Games, two unique entertainment concepts originally based in Kentucky, have officially made their debut in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The brand new attractions opened last year in downtown Gatlinburg.

The two new gaming centers, Activate Games and Breakout Games, are sister companies and share a location in downtown Gatlinburg.

What is Activate Games?

Activate Games is a unique gaming experience that fuses technology and physical activity to create a live-action gaming experience for its guests.

Similar to escape rooms, Activate Games ignite the senses with a series of high-tech challenges. But unlike escape rooms, you go through a series of short challenges and track your score with an electronic wristband along the way.

Activate Games offers high-tech games created to test players’ physical and mental agility across a wide variety of real-life challenges.

This experience blends active play with the digital gaming experience.

Teams have the opportunity to choose difficulty levels, giving participants a one-of-a-kind adventure. There are hundreds of combinations of games to choose from.

For example, in Arena, players attempt to hit hexagon targets on the wall using dodgeballs. They aim for accuracy and try to avoid the red targets.

There’s also a combination of memorization and speed that is key to obtaining a higher score.

Grid consists of pressure-sensitive tiles that light up in a variety of different colors. The team steps on or avoids tiles. The game requires agility, strategy and teamwork.

In the Laser game, you make your way along the color-changing, touch-sensitive handholds using the safe green holds. Players work their way back and forth through a changing sequence of lasers in the laser beam.

There is a limited amount of time to get to the safe zone. And in the Trench game, you use a laser gun to aim at lit-up targets. Be fast and accurate for the highest score.

In Hoops, the electronic basketball arcade-style games, players score on specific baskets, memorize sequences and answer trivia questions.

Interactive colorful puzzle at Activate Games
Activate Games in Gatlinburg offers a variety of high-tech games that test your physical and mental agility (media photo courtesy of Activate Games)

Are reservations required for Activate Games?

Walk-ins are welcome at Activate Games.

However, you can reserve a spot online to secure your plans. To book online, reserve a spot here. Activate Games is recommended for ages 10 and up.

For ages 11-13, an adult must be present at the facility during the game play.

How much is Activate Games?

Admission for Activate Games is at the time of this writing, $20 per person, which includes 60 minutes of play.

If you have 2-5 players in your party, you may play as many 1-3 minute games as you can in that time frame.

For groups of 6 or more players, you can create multiple teams and switch them as much as you like.

Whether looking for a casual night out or some intense competition, there is fun for everyone in the group.

Game at Activate Games
Activate Games will challenge your mental and physical skills (media photo courtesy of Activate Games)

What kind of escape rooms will Breakout Games have?

If Breakout Games sounds or looks familiar, it’s because they are a well-known industry leader in the escape game industry.

They currently operate several locations across the country.

With escape rooms, players search for clues and solve puzzles within an hour using a combination of skills to see if they can “escape” the room.

With Breakout, the company’s proprietary rooms include:

  • CLUE: The Escape Room
  • The Kidnapping
  • Mystery Mansion
  • Undercover Alley

How much are the Breakout Games escape rooms?

Each escape room lasts for one hour and costs $49.99 each for 2 players, but the price goes down the larger the group.

Rooms typically accommodate between 7-8 players, depending on the room.

It’s important to note that prices vary depending on how many people are in your group and which location and which room you are booking.

Players throw basketballs at hoops at Activate Games
In Hoops, players score on specific baskets, memorize sequences and answer trivia questions (media photo courtesy of Activate Games)

Is Activate Games open in Gatlinburg?

Breakout Games and Activate Games are now open in Gatlinburg.

The hours will be from 10 am-11 pm.

However, remember that hours are subject to change and may vary by season.  

Where is Activate Games located?

Breakout Games and Activate Games is located at 631 Parkway in Gatlinburg TN.

At the time of this writing, both Activate Games and Breakout Games have a 4.9-star review and 5-star review on Google, respectively.

Founded in 2014, Breakout Games is a leader in the growing escape room industry, offering live-action entertainment at several locations across the nation.

Each Breakout escape room features multiple hour-long scenarios where visitors must crack codes, discover clues and solve puzzles in order to “escape” along with family, friends and coworkers.

Building upon the success of its interactive adventures, Breakout Games also offers Dispatch. This is a monthly subscription-based crime mystery game that is designed to be solved at home using physical clues and interactive websites.

To learn more about Breakout Games and Dispatch by Breakout, visit breakoutgames.com.

Located in Louisville, Ky., and Gatlinburg, Tenn., Activate Games is taking players into the future of physical play through a new live action gaming experience that fuses technology and physical activity.

Have you played at one of these new, interactive gaming experiences yet? Let us know in the comments!

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

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