Hourglass Escapes – Evil Dead 2 [Hivemind Review]

Evil Dead 2 is a digital adaptation of a real-life game created by Hourglass Escapes in Seattle, WA.

A demonic home setting with the necronomicon, and an undead dear mounted to the mantle.

Format

Style of Play: digital adaptation of a real-life escape game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 3-5

Play Time: 70 minutes

Price: approximately $30 per person (varies slightly based on team size)

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

You’re a team of paranormal investigators who are being shown around by your boots-on-the-ground companion. Not only your eyes and ears, he has your trusty evil-dead-vanquishing toolkit that you can interact with throughout the game. In addition to this gamemaster/ avatar, this digital adaptation included a webpage with pictures and 360-degree scans of the room.

A boarded up door.

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Rating: 3 out of 3.

I recommend this game to escape room players at any time.

Rating: 2 out of 3.

I recommend this game to escape room players in quarantine.

Rating: 1 out of 3.

I do not recommend this game.

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Puzzle Break – The Grimm Escape [Hivemind Review]

The Grimm Escape is a digital adaptation of a real-life escape game created by Puzzle Break in Seattle, WA.

Room Escape Artist has a review of The Grimm Escape in its original real-life format from July 2016. This is a review of the digital adaptation of the same game.

A Zoom call with a shared screen that explains, "Show/tell your answers to your fairy godparent."

Format

Style of Play: light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, recommended equipment includes pen and paper and maybe a printer.

The game had some printable materials, but could easily be played without a printer.

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $25 per player with a $75 game minimum

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

In this digital form, The Grimm Escape was a light puzzle hunt: a collection of puzzles that culminated in a meta puzzle. It was presented as a digital book with a gamemaster there to keep the game on the rails.

The book/ PDF setup.

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Rating: 3 out of 3.

I recommend this game to escape room players at any time.

Rating: 2 out of 3.

I recommend this game to escape room players in quarantine.

Rating: 1 out of 3.

I do not recommend this game.

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Mad Genius Escape Co. – The Truth About Edith [Hivemind Review]

The Truth About Edith is a virtual escape game created by Mad Genius Escape Co. in Portland, OR.

Edith up close to the camera on a Zoom call.

Format

Style of Play: Natively online escape game blending multiple media

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

The game has to be played on a computer with Zoom downloaded and either Chrome or Firefox. It’s helpful to have a second screen. You’ll be interacting with both websites and video. It won’t work on tablets or phones.

Recommended Team Size: exactly 4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $80 for a team of 4 players

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

The Truth About Edith is played over Zoom with a live gamemaster and a live actor. However, it is not played via an avatar in a real-life escape room. Our job was to investigate a strange woman. We followed clues to different bepuzzled websites, and encountered a couple of different characters over video call.

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Rating: 3 out of 3.

I recommend this game to escape room players at any time.

Rating: 2 out of 3.

I recommend this game to escape room players in quarantine.

Rating: 1 out of 3.

I do not recommend this game.

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CU Adventures in Time & Space – The Lost Temple [Hivemind Review]

The Lost Temple is a combination digital + printable game created by CU Adventures in Time & Space in Urbana, IL.

Lisa and David on Zoom with Escape The Roomers, a Print and Play game sitting on their keyboard with scissors and a pen.

Format

Style of Play: fusion of point-and-click adventure game and print-and-play tabletop escape game

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection, printer, pen and paper, scissors, tape

This game was designed to be printed. There is a “no print” version, but using it really does rob you of this game’s finest moments. We strongly recommend doing most of the cutting out prior to the start of the game. (Keep track of the page numbers for the things you cut out.)

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: about 2 hours

Price: $10 for print-and-play with higher prices for shipped components

Booking: purchase the game and play at your leisure

Description

The Lost Temple was a fusion of LucasArts-style point-and-click adventure with tabletop escape room. We received a PDF with a couple of dozen printable pages, many of which had bits that needed to be cut out. Then we used a web-based interface to click around and interact with the game world. This interface kept us organized while presenting the puzzles as well as the story.

The flooplan for a university library with a hand written letter on it.

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Rating: 3 out of 3.

I recommend this game to escape room players at any time.

Rating: 2 out of 3.

I recommend this game to escape room players in quarantine.

Rating: 1 out of 3.

I do not recommend this game.

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The Escape Game – Ruins: Forbidden Treasure [Hivemind Review]

Ruins: Forbidden Treasure is a digital adaptation of a real-life escape game created by The Escape Game, a national company based in Nashville, TN.

A view of a beautiful ancient ruins set.

Format

Style of Play: digital adaptation of a real-life escape game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $25 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is a live virtual experience in which an in-person avatar explores the physical room on your behalf, following your commands. While watching the first-person experience via Zoom, you also have access to a web app that presents a 360-degree view of the room as well as an inventory of the objects you have collected. Each team member interacts with the app asynchronously, which enables effective parallel exploration.

A video of Captain Mac explaining the "Secets of the Ehlari." It's closed captioned, "...managed to remain totally isolated..."

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Rating: 3 out of 3.

I recommend this game to escape room players at any time.

Rating: 2 out of 3.

I recommend this game to escape room players in quarantine.

Rating: 1 out of 3.

I do not recommend this game.

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