Deadlocked Online – The Movember Virtual Moscape Room [Hivemind Review]

The Movember Virtual Moscape Room is a point-and-click adventure game created by Deadlocked Escape Games (Reading, England) in collaboration with Movember.

Movember "It's about to get hairy" logo.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game with light puzzle hunt elements

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, Facebook access

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: 90 minutes

Price: £15.00, a third of which is donated to Movember

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

In the game, your goal is to bring a razor to the protagonist so he can participate in Movember. Gameplay relies on social media snooping combined with custom digital puzzle games. The audio and video content from the characters adds a lot to the experience.

There is a regular mode, and an “extreme” mode that uses most of the same solutions, but the way you get them is different, with the regular version connecting the dots a bit more concretely. We’ve noted which version each reviewer played.

Guess a number puzzle from the puzzle pack.

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Andrew Reynolds’ Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

Reviewed Regular

Deadlocked’s Movember Virtual Moscape Room is fun with a purpose. This game is similar in play to Deadlocked’s previous game The Insiders, but shows a greater level of polish and improves upon the form, while taking a more lighthearted approach to the story. Your task is simple: bring a razor to the protagonist so he can participate in Movember. On the way, you need to do some social engineering, some minor breaking and entering, and maybe a little dancing. Each puzzle was fun and its existence made sense in the game world, which took place both in social media and in a web-based desktop simulator. This game can be played solo, but that misses the point of Moscape because there is a greater message to this game. Moscape benefits the Movember Foundation, an organization dedicated to men’s health. In this game, it’s not about the escape – it’s about the friends you help along the way. So call up that friend that might need to hear from you today and play Deadlocked’s Movember Virtual Moscape Room together.

Richard Burns’ Reaction

Rating: 2 out of 3.

Reviewed Regular

Deadlocked Escape Rooms invites us, once again, to jump into the world surrounding the Wexell Corporation for a fun, silly, but important message-driven online game. This is an all-digital game that employs several online platforms for us to utilize as we go on an adventure to help ‘T’ avoid cheating in the all important company-wide Movember contest.

The puzzles are easy-to-moderate while the characters and acting are terrific, as I’ve come to expect with games from Deadlocked Escape Rooms. The hint system is in-character and worked flawlessly for my playthrough. There are achievements to unlock and a choose-your-own-adventure format to parts of the game, including a fun musical ending. Overall, Movember Virtual Moscape Room is another solid offering from a company I’ve come to love.

Brett Kuehner’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

Reviewed Extreme

  • + A fun, lighthearted story with engaging performances
  • + Good mix of puzzle types
  • + Puzzles are not overly difficult, which is a good fit for the story pacing
  • + Uses multiple channels to deliver story and puzzles
  • +/- A few puzzle structures might be familiar if you have played other Deadlocked Online games
  • + Uses audio and video very effectively as both story and puzzle content
  • + Has a sense of humor that carries effectively throughout the game
  • – Unclear what the “extended” version added
  • + Has a satisfying (and funny) ending

Cara Mandel’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

Reviewed Extreme

As far as I’m concerned, Deadlocked Escape Rooms can just take my money. They’re 3 for 3 in my book. I’ve really loved their clever integration of video content, puzzles, websites, and fun chatbot interactions. These games are always delightful and offer clever and surprising twists. The Movember Virtual Moscape Room is no exception. We had a blast collaboratively solving as a group over Zoom. Though these games could, in theory, be played solo, I always find they are best enjoyed with others. Highly recommended, especially since this one is for a good cause!

Victory certificate showing the team's speed 1 hour 15 minutes, 0 hints, and the achievements they achieved.

Disclosure: Deadlocked Online provided the Hivemind reviewers with a complimentary play.

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