Atropine is Karts Games LLC's first outdoor escape experience.
Karst Games is a Jefferson City startup that aims to provide experiences that are social, affordable and physically active. Atropine is an iPhone app that provides players with an outdoor escape experience.
The story is that a deadly nerve agent has been released in Jefferson City and players must solve puzzles to escape the city. Users start near the Missouri State Penitentiary and make their way through downtown Jefferson City. The app requires players to use their surroundings to solve the puzzles.
Atropine is intended to be played with four people, but there is no limit to the number of people who can play. This is how Karst Games meets its objective of providing experiences that are social. Only one person in the group needs to download the app, and only one person in the group needs an iPhone. Up to three other players in the group can enter their phone numbers into the app. If the group is ever stuck on a puzzle, they can request a clue. The clue will be texted to one of the players who entered their phone number. Players can get up to three clues. If the players request a fourth clue, the app will provide them with the solution to the puzzle so that they may move on to the next one.
Atropine costs $4.99 to download and takes about one hour and 15 minutes to complete. If four people play the app, all of them will have gotten a unique hour-long experience for about $1.25. This is how Karst Games satisfies its objective of providing affordable experiences.
Players are able to walk or drive as they complete the experience. Players who walk can expect to walk about 2 miles. This is how Karst Games meets its goal of providing experiences that are physically active.
John Fandrey founded Karst Games. Fandrey grew up in Jefferson City, attending Trinity Lutheran and Helias High School. He graduated from the University of Missouri — Columbia with a bachelor's in civil engineering. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and practiced law in the Twin Cities for two years. He and his wife, Katie, moved back to Jefferson City in 2018 to be closer to family.