Recommendations Guide: Avatar-Guided Online Escape Games

Looking for an online escape game? This is the most common format for remote play.

What is an Avatar?

An avatar is your hands, feets, eyes, ears… your entire body in an online escape room. From behind your computer, in the comfort of your own home, you’ll direct your avatar in what to do to escape the room.

These games need to be booked in advance for specific time slots, just as one would book a real-life escape room. Remote players usually connect with the avatar through Zoom, or another video conferencing platforms.

The avatar might be dumb hands, or they might be a full-fledged character in your experience. As a character, they come in different styles, from eager to take action to fearful to hostile. However they play it, the avatar is a part of experience.

First person view of an old building, the avatar's hands are visible along with various HUD indicators.
Photo of Avatar Stalker

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Most avatar-guided escape games:

  • have a first-person camera angle. You see the physical space from the vantage point of the avatar.
  • utilize a physical room somewhere in the world. The avatar is there, in the space, touching physical game components since you cannot be.
  • set the story such that it makes sense for you to be remote and for the avatar to be on-site.

There are exceptions to all of the above, including in some of our recommendations below, but the constant is the avatar character who acts at your direction.

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3 thoughts on “Recommendations Guide: Avatar-Guided Online Escape Games

  1. You might want to double-check this, but it looks like the first game reviewed from Project Avatar is not currently available since they’ve moved locations. Also, Project Avatar is the name of the organization – they refer to the first game reviewed as the “First Mission” and may reopen it someday.

    1. You’re right. I thought it was coming back soon, but it appears to no longer be on the website. I’ve updated the list, and the naming too, as we seems we were still using their earlier naming convention. Thank you!

  2. Thank you so much for Fuzzy Logic’s inclusion in this list! We pour our hearts into making a fun experience for families (or even company teams) looking for a whimsical experience to enjoy together during this time of social distancing!

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