“Magister Ludi” is a short conceptual digital escape-the-room game. The wry narrator and reverse mechanics facilitate an interrogation of our role in needing to escape. It was originally informed by the thought-processes that stay with you long after the problems aren’t around anymore, and so you don’t truly escape until you deal with them.

The title is an allusion to Herman Hesse’s Nobel-prize-winning novel The Glass Bead Game, and the intellectual game depicted in the novel.

The game was commissioned for Experimenta’s 2015 International Biennial of Media Art: Recharge and toured as an installation.


Christy Dena – writer, designer, director

Marigold Bartlett – visual artist

Trevor Dikes – sound designer & composer

Cameron Owen – programmer

Iain McManus – port & updates programmer