The Most Dangerous Games: Elevator to Another World

OtisPreviously: The Dead Poet’s Game.

This game appears to originate on a Korean website some may recognize as the source of a particular comic that pops up every few months or so on sites like reddit. Unfortunately I don’t speak Korean, so working off of the rough translation found here, I’ve tried to tease out a clearer version of the rules and instructions. It’s unclear whether the Otherworld to which the elevator delivers you is the Shadowside referred to by FableForge in his various games and rituals, or whether it’s something else; regardless as to what it may or may not be, however, as always—play at your own risk. 


  • 1 principal


  • 1 building, at least 10 stories high, with an elevator. All three of these conditions must be met in order for the game to proceed.


Venturing Out:

  1. Enter your chosen building and get into the elevator on the first floor alone. Do not proceed if anyone else is in the elevator with you.
  2. Press the button for the fourth floor.
  3. When the elevator reaches the fourth floor, do not get out. Instead, remain in the elevator and press the button for the second floor.
  4. When you reach the second floor, remain in the elevator and press the button for the sixth floor.
  5. When you reach the sixth floor, remain in the elevator and press the button for the second floor.
  6. When you reach the second floor, remain in the elevator and press the button for the tenth floor.
  7. When you reach the tenth floor, remain in the elevator and press the button for the fifth floor.
  8. When you reach the fifth floor, a young woman may enter the elevator. Do not look at her; do not speak to her. She is not what she seems.
  9. Press the button for the first floor. If the elevator begins ascending to the tenth floor instead of descending to the first, you may proceed. If the elevator descends to the first floor, exit as soon as the doors open. Do not look back. Do not speak.
  10. If you reach the tenth floor, you may either choose to get off the elevator or to stay on it. If you choose to get off, and if the woman entered the elevator on the fifth floor, she will ask you, “Where are you going?” Do NOT answer her. Do NOT look at her.
  11. You will know whether you have arrived at the Otherworld by one indication, and one indication only: The only person present in it is you.

The Return Trip:

If you chose to stay on the elevator at the tenth floor:

  1. Press the button for the first floor. If it doesn’t work, keep pressing it until it finally does.
  2. When the elevator reaches the first floor, exit as soon as the doors open. Do not look back. Do not speak.

If you choose to exit the elevator at the tenth floor:

  1. You must use the same elevator to return as the one in which you arrived.
  2. When you enter the elevator, press the buttons in the same order you did in steps 2 through 8 of Venturing Out. You should finish at the fifth floor.
  3. When you reach the fifth floor, press the button for the first floor. The elevator will again begin to ascend to the tenth floor. Press any other floor’s button to cancel the ascension. You MUST press the button you use to cancel the ascension BEFORE you reach the tenth floor.
  4. After you reach the first floor, check your surroundings carefully. If anything seems off—even the smallest detail—do NOT exit the elevator. If you detect something wrong, repeat step 2 until your surroundings look as they should. Once you are confident you have returned to your own world, you may safely exit the elevator.

Additional Notes:

  • Should you reach the Otherworld, the floor onto which you will emerge will look almost identical to the one from your own world, save for two things: All the lights will be off, and the only thing you will be able to see from the windows is a red cross in the distance.
  • Some say that electronic devices—mobile phones, cameras, MP3 players, etc.—don’t work in the Otherworld; others say they do.
  • Getting back to your own world may be more difficult than it seems: You may become disoriented and forget which elevator in which you arrived; the elevator may seem to get further and further away from you as you walk towards; and so on. Be vigilant, and keep your wits about you.
  • If at any point during the ritual you faint, pass out, or otherwise lose consciousness, you will likely wake up in your own home. However, be sure to carefully examine your surroundings upon waking—the “home” to which you have been returned may not be the one you left when you first set out to attempt this ritual.

Concerning the Woman on the Fifth Floor:

Do NOT speak to her.

Do NOT look at her.

If you do, she may decide to keep you for her own.

Elevator to Another World: FAQ.

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121 thoughts on “The Most Dangerous Games: Elevator to Another World

  1. So what if I was in the middle of traveling to the floors in the elevator alone say perhaps when I arrive at floor six and someone (not the beautiful woman expected at floor 5) gets in? I won’t be alone so would I have to try again from scratch once they leave?

  2. Hey everybody
    Anyone who wants to play the game he can just play it and it’s completely SAFE ’cause nothing really happens
    I played the game many times with my friends (taking turns) and nothing actually happened.
    But just be careful of one thing…..
    You may be kicked away from the building because people will start yelling at you for playing with the elevator. So be careful

  3. Alright tried it, but on the 8th Step, coming to 5th floor when a women enters, it didn’t happen but a lil girl entered while wearing headphones (Skullcandy maybe) and maybe listening to Imagine Dragons – Demons. So I thought that the ritual didn’t work, and pressed my flat floor 21 and when I pressed 21 the girl pressed 8 which 21-13 and offcourse it spooked me, now when I reached back on my floor I came out of elevator and looked back at the girl, she was not wearing a headphone and at first I thought she might have kept it in her pocket, but the Headphones were way big for a lil girl’s pant pocket. I was frightened and ran to my flat, rand the bell, my mum opened and I hurriedly went in. I didn’t talked to the girl. While having dinner I asked my mum if she has seen a little girl who lives on 8th floor and she said “Nobody lives on the 8th floor”. The sentence got me choked and I fell ill for a week. Since that day I my Scholastic scores are goin down however I was a good scholar and so does my family and friend relationship. Maybe I am in other world or the curse of the girl.

  4. 😂😂😂😂 I was trying to do that but on the fifth floor someone entered it was the security i thought it will be the women but it was him he took me out and he said what are you doing thus is not a game😂😂😂😂😂

  5. I mean, I can translate the rest of the Korean post. But I’d recommend you not to look too much into this. There’s also several more warnings that are absolutely crucial. If you happen to read this comment, please add these;

    1. You must not, in any case, attempt this too many times. This makes you susceptible to accidental ‘slipping’ through the worlds.

    2. If you do not get out of the elevator on the 10th floor, or if the woman does not get in, you should head straight back down to the 1st floor.

    3. Sometimes, when you’re coming back, the elevator goes back up instead of down. You have to cancel the ascension by pressing any. button. between your current floor and the 10th and get off. The other is pulling you.

    4. If you faint in the other and find yourself back in your world- be careful. You can be pulled there and back at any given moment. This also happens to people with susceptible souls- or 기 in Korean.

    5. There’s also several other, simpler ways to do this- if wanted, I can translate the rest of these for you.

  6. Setting: at midnight in a random building.

    I went with my friends and i decided to man up and do it since they all couldnt handle going further after the second step. They waited for me down as i went up the elevator.

    I did exactly the steps. I didnt get to see any girl come in at any stage of the game. However at the 5th floor i heard someone moving at that floor, i exactly heard some plastic bags being moved. I quickly close the door and press the first floor as i was scared shitless at that point and then after reaching the 1st floor i rush over to my friends as i see the relief ontheir faces and told them ill never do dumb shit again.

    To me that ritual felt pretty fake its all psychological in my opinion. Really a thriller if youre that type of person but nothing too serious.

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