Download and Evaluate Houdini MC

No matter how big is your Escape Room, there’s something new for you in the latest release of Houdini MC.

To install the software decompress the Houdini.zip file and double click on HoudiniInstaller.exe file.

Select “Clean Install” and press “Next”. Wait for few moments and click on “Launch Application“. During the first execution, Windows will ask you TWICE to access the execution of the file. The first prompt is about the IIS Express Server and the second one is about Houdini MC. Click and uncheck the  “Always ask before operating this file” and click on “Run“.

if you have already purchased Houdini MC, simply select “Update” on installer.

 No obligation, No Registration, No credit card required!

Currently supported languages:

  • Next releases will support:
    • Spanish
    • Russian
    • Dutch

Minimum Requirements

  • Google Chrome
  • Windows 7,8 or 10 – Important note: If you are using N and KN versions of Windows 10 download and install “Media Feature Pack
  • .Net 4.51 Framework

You ask, We Implement!

Houdini MC is an ongoing project. Frequently, we release a fresh version taking into account our customer’s suggestions and requirements. We’re constantly listening to our customers feedback, wrestling with how to implement certain ideas, and trying to prioritize what will help escape room owners the most.

Change Log:

[1.241] – 07/03/2017

  • Ability to resize the header’ labels.
  • Organize the webrequest into categories.
  • Create Raspberry Pi (direct control of the WPis) ending events.
  • Ability to display/hide bried description on waiting screen.
  • 3 new themes.
  • Minor bugs fixed (ending messages size, camera menu error, etc)

[1.238] – 21/02/2017

  • Combo Events! After opening a box, Houdini automatically displays a message on the screen, a scary tone sounds in the room, a smoke machine activates and the lights dim. Combine multiple events to be activated at the same time.
  • Audio-Intro: Replace video intros with a simple audio file. Describe the rules and the story of the game using an audio track. Low cost and effective solution.
  • Use a different custom audio theme to sound during the bonus-time.
  • Access and control the Raspberry Pi devices through the shortcuts menu
  • Switch on and off and change the color of the Hue lights through the shortcuts menu
  • Easier way to customize the vertical position of the countdown clock
  • WPis bug fixed – Now you can control all the GPIOs (Finally 😉 )
  • Bonus-Time events’ bug fixed
  • Stability Improvements

[1.234-1.236] – 13/02/2017

  • German Language Support.
  • New Shortcuts Menu on “Main Console”. Access the webrequests as well as the alert tones with a simple click.
  • Demonstrate both, the sound alerts and the webrequests to your players before starting the game.
  • Create custom scheduled timed-events for the bonus time. Timed-Events now give you the ability to select if you want to be executed during the normal game period or during the bonus time one.
  • Customize statistics’ labels
  • Alert tones are now sound louder than the main theme.
  • Load custom font bug fixed.
  • Stop the alert tones on the completion of the game – bug fixed.
  • This version supports larger clues’ sizes.
  • Several other minor bugs fixed.
  • [1.235] Installer bug fixed
  • [1.236] Edit event bug fixed

[1.232 – 1.233] – 22/01/2017 – Mega Update

  • Remotely Start: Most of the escape room masters usually accompany their customers to the room, to tell the story and inform about the procedure. Then they should run fast back to their control room to activate the countdown timer. Forget this procedure. Remotely activate the countdown timer directly from your mobile phone 😉
  • This version supports multilingual user interface. Currently supported languages:
    • English
    • French (Very special thanks to Guillaume Groell and John Doe Game)
    • Greek
  • We are also working on several other languages. Next release will support:
    • Spanish
    • Russian
    • German
  • Houdini MC informs the game master that the router assigned a different IP on his/her computer. This feature is crucial mainly because smart mechanisms and physical buttons interact with Houdini using a specific IP.
  • Houdini MC now “remembers” your FTP credentials to help you to immediate update your website with the latest version of the scoreboard.
  • Alert tones are now accessible through keyboard shortcuts. The game master often doesn’t have the time to switch the tab from “Clues” to “Alert Tones”. Use the new feature to instantly interact with your players!
  • New ability: Automatically activate the “Remote Screen Access” every time Houdini MC starts.
  • New customization feature: Change the form of the countdown timer by removing the Hours block. Display the remaining time using only minutes and seconds blocks (MM:SS instead of HH:MM:SS)
  • New Ability: “Enter initials” and “Scoreboard” forms allow game master to insert comments about the game (e.g. Game master name, Damaged locks etc)
  • “Allow extra time” checkbox now remembers your preferences.
  • Scoreboard bug fixed – Please update the script on your website.
  • Several minor bugs fixed.
  • 1.233 – Remotely end the game bug fixed

[1.230] – 04/01/2017

  • Create postcard using CCTV captures. Gift your customers with a postcard displaying them in real action. Forget the “after-the-game” picture
  • Hue Lamp bug fixed

 

 

 

 

 

[1.229] – 30/12/2016

  • Several bugs fixed

[1.228] – 22/12/2016

  • After several requests from our customers, we present the “We are watching you!” feature. This feature allows game masters to send screenshots from the CCTV system directly to the in-room screen. “The darkness makes the room very scary. The players can’t see each other. Game master monitors the game using night vision cameras. Suddenly, the in-room screen displays a screenshot of the room…
  • Several bugs fixed
    • Raspberry Pi Relays control bug fixed
    • Video clues bug fixed
  • New template: Display the countdown timer in the middle of the screen

[1.227] – 16/12/2016

  • Houdini MC welcomes the “Camera Based” Events. Use the embedded CCTV system and recognize in real time QR Codes. Hide QR Codes in your room. Every time your players show the QR Code to the camera they receive a feedback. The following barcodes are supported by CCTV based decoder: QR Code, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128, ITF, Codabar, MSI, RSS-14, Data Matrix, Aztec and PDF-417.
  • Game master can create the QR Codes directly from Houdini. Use Settings->QR Code Menu and generate your own QR Codes.
  • New scheduled events: Modify the countdown timer. Ability to add or remove minutes from the timer. Assume for example that after 3 failed attempts, Houdini MC automatically “steals” time from the players.
  • When the players push the Panic button, Houdini MC automatically pauses the game.
  • Ability to update Houdini MC directly from the application.
  • Several other minor bugs fixed

[1.226] – 10/12/2016

  • Ability to display the countdown timer on LCD and/or 7-Digits Monitor
  • Automations: Send commands to microcontrollers (e.g. Arduino) using the serial port
  • New scheduled events
    • End Game – Success: Assume for example the the players open a door. Automatically Houdini ends the game and plays a success video or audio
    • End Game – Fail
    • Serial Port Commands: Perfect for sending commands to Arduino and/or Arduino like smart proos
  • Ability to cancel/skip an upcoming event
  • Ability to automatically abstract minutes from the countdown timer every time you provide a clue
  • Installation Bug: Fixed
  • Import-All Bug: Fixed
  • New modern interface
  • Several other minor bugs fixed

[1.225] – 29/11/2016

  • Set the in-room screen into full-screen mode directly from Houdini MC. Even in cases where in-room screen is minimized. Automatically toggle between full-screen and window view.
  • in-room screen instances now close when Houdini closes
  • Scoreboard automatically generates a javascript script so as to include the leaderboard into your own website
  • Settings menu: Better organization of the available options and sub-menus
  • Room editor bug fixed
  • Ending events bug fixed
  • Scoreboard bug fixed
  • Several other minor bugs fixed

[1.223] – 16/11/2016

  • Houdini MC is now able to receive feedback from in-room props. Every time a player unlocks for example an electronic or not prob, Houdini awards him/her with a predefined event. To connect in-room devices with Houdini MC, simply use the “Settings->Connections Tab”. To set the event use the “Scheduled Events” menu. Trigger in-room props and perform actions when the prop is triggered. Houdini MC is capable to interact with any connected on the same network device (Raspberry, Arduino etc.).  Read More
  • BETA FEATURE: Compatibility with Philips Hue Lights. Dim the lights during the last minutes, change the lighting color (manually or automatically) when a player solves a riddle and much more. In order to test this feature, even if you don’t have access to a Philips Hue system (i.e. Hue Bridge + Hue Light Bulbs) download the Hue Emulator and create custom timed or triggered events.
  • New installer
  • Several Bugs Fixed

[1.222] – 10/11/2016

  • Houdini MC is finally able to interact with several ‘Give me a Hint’ and ‘Panic’ buttons. Use any connected to the local network device (PC, Tablet, Mobile Phone, Raspberry, Arduino etc.) to send requests to Houdini.  Now your players are able to request a clue or inform the game-master that they want to immediately quit the game. Our team is here to help you design such a button. And once again, forget wiring!!! Read More
  • One-click backup utility that makes it simple to protect and transfer your work. Export/Import all the room parameters and the selected setup: Room Details, Soundtrack, Theme, Alert-Tones, Timed-Events, Web Requests etc.
  • Remotely Control Smart and IoT mechanisms using HTTP GET or POST Requests
  • Execute HTTP GET or POST Requests as Timed Events
  • Display Text-Messages to your players using Timed Events
  • Smart Ending Events. Based on the result of the game (success or fail), execute remotely scripts on Raspberry Pi, Arduino or any other IoT device
  • Several Usability improvements
  • Several Bugs Fixed

[1.221] – 03/11/2016

  • Leaderboard – Create a fully customizable leaderboard for each room, accessible from any device connected on the same network. Use this feature to display game statistics on your lobby. Leaderboard is fully accessible from any monitor connected to your local network.
  • Display Text Clues using transition effects
  • In-room preview feature improvements: Preview the in-room screen every 2 seconds, even if the game is not active. Moreover, now you have the ability to switch among the available connected monitors.

[1.220] – 27/10/2016

  • rtsp Video Streams are now supported
  • Preview the in-room screen on the embedded CCTV panel
  • Video Events Interruption Bug Fixed

[1.219] – 20/10/2016

  • Import/Export Custom Themes
  • Import/Export Time Events
  • Text to Voice Bug Fixed
  • Sudden Crash Restore Feature Bug Fixed
  • No More Size Limitations on Image Clues
  • No More Size Limitations on Video Clues
  • New Enhanced Clues’ Manager
    • Audio Clues are now listed as Buttons
    • Enhanced Image Clues’ Previewer
    • Ability to Send Full Screen Image Clues
    • Ability to Send Full Screen Video Clues
    • Text Clues are now Wrapped: Forget Hidden Text and Horizontal Scrollbars
    • Ability to Set a Default Language on Clues
  • New Fonts Added

[1.218] – 14/10/2016

  • Ability to add custom Raspberry Pi Time-Events
  • Ability to add custom Full-Screen Videos as Time-Events
  • Ability to edit/modify existing time events
  • View all time events on a timeline (taking into account the duration of each event) so as to check overlaps
  • Console informs the game-master about the upcoming Time-Events
  • Use custom full-screen ending videos (finally 😉 )
  • 3 New Widescreen Themes
  • Several other Bugs Fixed

[1.217] – 24/09/2016

  • New Clue’s Log Manager.
  • Time events’ Bug Fixed.
  • Raspberry Pi Time Sync. Problem Fixed.
  • Several other Bugs Fixed

[1.216] – 27/08/2016

  • The escape rooms evolve. We understand that 2 CCTV viewers only, are not sufficient. This version allows the game masters to monitor unlimited number of cameras simultaneously.
  • New customizable quick buttons for alert tones.
  • Ability to play additional sounds in loop.
  • New Alert and Time Event Tones.
  • Several Bugs Fixed

[1.215] – 08/08/2016

  • New Features: Pause the game! In several cases it is required to pause the game for some time (in cases of accidents, low batteries, problem or malfunction of a mechanism etc.) Houdini MC gives you the ability to pause an ongoing game and resume it, without worries about the actual remaining time. Soundtrack remains active as well as intercom.

[1.214] – 01/08/2016

  • Sudden Death Recovery Feature: Assume for example that a game is in progress and suddenly, Windows freezes completely. Sudden Death Recovery (SDR) feature allows Houdini MC to automatically restart the game from the point where it had stopped.

[1.213] – 27/07/2016

  • Several Bugs Fixed (We would like to apology about the Main Sound Theme Issue 🙁 )

[1.212] – 26/07/2016

  • Hide Cameras Panel
  • Improved Stability
  • Audio Clues Bug Fixed
  • Event Logger
  • Improved Installer

[1.210] – 22/07/2016

  • Several Bugs Fixed
  • Send “Do not Touch” Alert Tones
  • Execute 2 Instances of Houdini MC on the Same PC
  • 3 New Themes