Some Believe The 'Elevator Game' Could Send Them To Another Dimension

Creepy paranormal games alleging to grant you access to the spirit realm have existed for centuries. Thus, games like "Bloody Mary" and "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board," as well as Ouija board seances are rites of passage for most adolescents. In the age of the internet - with websites like Reddit - ready at our fingertips, people can easily share cautionary tales about supernatural games, engage in discussions, and - of course - attempt to play.

The "Elevator Game" can purportedly grant you access to other dimensions, making bad things likely to happen if played incorrectly.

So if you're thinking about playing the Elevator Game, take note of these cautionary rules first.

  • How To Play The Game (Though You Probably Shouldn't)

    You shouldn't take your chances by playing this game, but for the curious, these are supposedly the rules:

    First, the [prospective player] must choose a building with at least 10 accessible floors, and locate an elevator that can be used without anyone else trying to get on it at the same time. The player will then enter the elevator from the first floor - but absolutely must be completely alone.

    Once in the elevator, the player must visit each of the following floors in exactly this order, pressing the next button just after arriving at each: four, two, six, two, 10, five, one.

    Upon pressing the button to once again return to the first floor, if the elevator begins to move up instead of down, then the ritual has been successful and the next floor the player arrives at will be the portal to another dimension. However, if the elevator obeys and begins descending to the first floor, the player must exit the elevator and the building as quickly as possible and not - for any reason - look back.

  • A Woman Might Enter The Elevator At The Fifth Floor - But Do Not Acknowledge Her

    When playing the Elevator Game, there is a good chance a woman will try to enter the elevator when the doors open at the fifth floor. If this happens, the player should not look at, speak with, or otherwise acknowledge the woman.

    People who reportedly spoke with or glanced at the woman said she quickly became hostile, with one player taunted so aggressively she attacked the unknown woman. Another player began dreaming about the woman, with her getting progressively closer to him in the dream each night. 

    Only one player has claimed the woman assisted them in remembering how to get home, though allegedly, she now continues to haunt them to this day.

  • Players Who Make It To The Other Dimension Will Meet A Red Cross And Darkness

    If the ritual carries out properly, the 10th floor should have a cast of darkness and a faint red glow will enter nearby windows. Some players report the red glow comes from a cross-like structure in the distance which they can never get close enough to see clearly, while others say there is no cross, only the glow

    However, nearly all players describe how they are completely alone in this other dimension, with the woman from the fifth floor (if she entered the elevator) refusing to explore with them. Some also report it is incredibly dark and the heavy air is suffocating.

  • Many Things Can Go Wrong In The Other Dimension

    Players who choose to exit the elevator at the 10th floor believe walking in a straight line makes it easier to return to the correct elevator door to go home, but some sources say this isn't the case. Many people brave enough to exit the elevator have reported how the closer they walked back toward the elevators, the farther away they seemed to get. 

    While others claim the air becomes unbearably thick, causing them to become disoriented and have trouble discerning similar elevator doors.

  • Fainting While Playing The Game Will Have Dire Consequences

    Allegedly, if a player faints while playing the game, they will find themselves waking up back in their home - except, it's not the same home they left. One player thought she made it home before passing out, but then realized she woke up in the other world. 

    Another passed out after leaving the building and woke up in his home. Unfortunately, at this time, there are no resources revealing what to do if this happens, so it is likely the player will remain trapped.

  • Players Must Be Careful When Returning To The Real World

    If everything goes smoothly and the elevator travels to the 10th floor instead of the first after the last button, then the player has successfully made it to another dimension. Here, the player may choose to either exit the elevator and venture out into this new dimension, or remain inside and immediately return to the first floor - the real world.

    Choosing to remain in the elevator only requires re-pushing the button for the first floor until the elevator finally responds, then exiting at the ground-level as soon as the doors open.

    But if the player chooses to leave the elevator and explore this unknown dimension, then they must remember how to get back to the exact elevator to leave. The player will then press the buttons in the same order originally used to reach this other dimension.

    After pushing the first floor button for a final time, the elevator will attempt to return to the 10th floor, so the player has to repeatedly press any button lower than 10 to return home. After the doors finally open on the first floor, the player must be especially cautious that they reached the correct world.