When we started the REA Hivemind in April of 2020, our approach was a response to an industry in crisis. As so many online games emerged, we considered each one in the context of our lives without in-person escape rooms. As such, we built the following scale, represented by stars:
The hivemind review stars have specific meanings, tied to a time of quarantine. As each reviewer has slowly emerged into the world outside their homes again, some more than others, the stars have remained indicative of thoughts on a game during a period of quarantine.
Now, 18 months later, the REA Hivemind is still going strong, but we’re leaving the stars behind… and honestly, it’s about time.
Today’s online escape room products are much more akin to tabletop escape rooms in that they are their own genre, intentionally designed for their medium and not as a substitute for something else. We’ll continue to review them in the more classic REA way, relying entirely on prose to help a discerning audience decide if this is the game for them.
Upcoming In-Person Reviews
In addition to continued online and tabletop escape game coverage, in-person escape room coverage will be back in full swing this fall.
Provided all traveling goes according to plan, you can expect reviews from:
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
We’re excited to be visiting friends, family, and escape rooms again!
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If you are in Colorado, I would love you have you visit us at 303 Escape! We opened a couple of weeks after your last visit here and I was so bummed you guys couldn’t play our game.
I’m sorry that we missed you on our last trip, and that Matthew missed you again on his whirlwind trip this fall. I’ve made a note so that we’re sure to stop in next time any REA writer is in the area.