The activity's creator shared a preview of the game map with MTL Blog and it looks so legit that you may have you remind yourself your life's not in danger in this "non-murderous" take on Squid Game— although, the fact that he was wearing a square-marked mask and holding a bag of marbles at the time might have also had something to do with it.
The Montreal activity is being organized by Walking Brain, a geo-gaming company that runs outdoor adventure games around the city.
Walking Brain founder David Naderi told MTL Blog that during the Squid Adventure Games, players will walk between parc Mont-Royal and parc La Fontaine guided by their smartphones. Games will be played on a web-based mobile app that uses artificial intelligence, meaning players don't actually need to touch anything or enter any buildings.
"They will solve some location-based riddles, some mind puzzles, that are very similar to those of Squid Game," Naderi said.
MTL BLog's Alex Melki met up with Naderi at McGill University to get a better idea of how the games will work, which is how he ended up getting a sneak-peek of the map on camera.
Squid Game fans will notice that the map is full of imagery depicting different aspects of the show, including the "red light green light" game, the VIPs, tug-of-war and dalgona candy.
Asked his advice to potential players, Naderi said, "[They should] find someone to be teamed [up with] that's as passionate as themselves to play this game and just enjoy because we're going to separate them from the world of reality."
Teams will consist of three to four players with six rounds of different games each team must complete. If the team can't complete one of the rounds, the system will eliminate them. The activity lasts three to four hours and you need to be 18 or older to play.
Winning teams get a cash prize of up to $200, depending on how many players sign up.
Centineo may be best known for his role as Peter Kavinsky in the To All The Boys franchise. But he's apparently in Montreal to work on Netflix's forthcoming series Graymail, shooting in the city from October to February, according to ACTRA.
The actor posted a photo of a Graymail script on his Instagram story on October 18.
If you're obsessed with Squid Gameright now — you know, like everyone else in the world — then we'd like to present you with an opportunity. You can participate in a real-life activity based on the hit Netflix show in Montreal this month, and there's even a cash prize up for grabs!
Don't worry, though. This version of Squid Gamedoes not involve blood, gore or risking your life.
All of their games are COVID-19 friendly, using the streets of Montreal as a playground and web-based mobile apps to facilitate the activities. They also have a matchmaking service that pairs you with other players if you don't have a team.
Walking Brain Founder David Naderi told MTL Blog the Squid Adventure Games will use artificial intelligence. He said everything will be guided by players' mobile phones so you will need a smartphone with a working data connection.
"You don't need to enter any buildings or touch any objects. They just will have their phone in their hand," he explained.
"They will walk from location to location in the area between parc Mont-Royal and parc La Fontaine. And they will solve some location-based riddles, some mind puzzles, that are very similar to those of Squid Game."
The teams will consist of three to four players and there will be six rounds of different games each team must complete. If the team can't complete one of the rounds, the system will eliminate them. If multiple teams complete all the rounds, the winner will be determined based on which team was fastest, Naderi said.
The amount of the cash prize depends on how many people participate. Naderi said that if there are 10 players, a team can win $100, but if there are 15 to 20 players, a team can win $200 because they will put the entry fees toward the prize.
The activity lasts three to four hours and you'll need to be 18 or older to play.
Address: Meet at McGill University's Roddick Gates
Why You Need To Go: Immerse yourself in your favourite Netflix show without risking your life! The website promises that the activity is "super fun and exciting" but also "challenging" — and, best of all, "non-murderous."
Thanks to the hit Netflix show Squid Game, a Korean candy engraved with shapes called dalgonahas gone viral on TikTok. And it's also flying off shelves in shops around the world — including in Montreal.
Whether you just want a taste or you're hoping to play the game featured on the show (hopefully minus all the blood and gore), check out these six Montreal spots that sell the sweet and spongy honeycomb treat, made with sugar and baking soda.
Depanneur Chez Claude et Claudette
Courtesy of Robert Kim
This Saint-Henri depanneur told MTL Blog that their homemade dalgona is selling like hotcakes. It's no surprise that they've really gotten into the Squid Game spirit, even decorating their dep with Squid Game Halloween balloons.
Marché Oriental Jang Teu sells dalgona at its three Montreal locations, but a spokesperson told MTL Blog they have limited quantities so they recommend reaching out to the branch you plan to visit for exact stock information.
DÉCARIE JANG TEU - 2116, boul. Décarie, Montreal, QC
DOWNTOWN JANG TEU - 2109, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
ST-JACQUES JANG TEU - 6785, rue Saint-Jacques O., Montreal, QC
This Korean grocery store sells dalgona, along withother Korean grocery items and ready-to-go lunches. But, if you want dalgona,get there early. A spokesperson for the NDG location told us they sell out later in the day and the best time to get it is in the morning.
Address: 6151, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, Quebec
The owner says he's shocked by dalgona's popularity.
Courtesy of Robert Kim
Netflix'sSquid Gameis making waves around the world and Montreal is no exception. Just ask the owner of a Saint-Henri depanneur who says dalgona, a Korean candy featured on the show, is flying off the shelves.
Depanneur Chez Claude et Claudette owner Robert Kim, who was born and raised in South Korea, told MTL Blog he and his wife began making and selling the Korean treat on Saturday.
He posted that he had the "honeycomb candy" (made with sugar and baking soda) in stock on social media and, on the first day, he said he sold out within an hour.
Since then, Kim said they've been making more and more and are now up to about five dozen, which — at $1.99 per piece — sells out each day. He called the rising popularity of dalgona "shocking."
"Some people come to the store and they knew exactly [that] we had it. They come to buy these things," Kim explained.
"But [some] didn't expect that. They didn't know anything about it. When they saw this [they said], 'Wow, that's the game! From the game.'"
Courtesy of Robert Kim
Netflix describes Squid Game as a show in which "hundreds of cash-strapped contestants accept an invitation to compete in children's games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are deadly."
Kim said he grew up playing the dalgona game showcased on the show but with "no death, obviously." And no blood or gore either.
At the shop across the street from his elementary school, he and his friends would try to trim out the shape engraved in the cookie with their hands or a needle. As a prize, he said, they could win a free dalgona from the merchant.
"We have enjoyed this game and we were sharing it. It's very happy [...] that people start knowing these cookies," he said. "I'm not BTS or anything, but I'm very proud to show people Korean culture and foods and so on."
Courtesy of Robert Kim
Kim and his family, who also have an event company, even decorated Depanneur Chez Claude et Claudette with their own Squid Game Halloween decorations.
You can see them for yourself — and try dalgona — at 4131, rue Saint-Antoine O.