Showcase this Saturday! Play these New Mini Virtual Escape Rooms

We’ve run two Virtual Escape Jams, and we’ve been blown away by the creativity of the games that these teams have produced in a single day… so we’re giving you a chance to play them this Saturday and support a great cause.

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What is this Showcase?

Our Virtual Escape Jammers are gathering to share their creations with you. Folks from both the RECON Jam (August) and last weekend’s Spooky Jam are going to show off their games.

The showcase is a chance to play the cool games produced at our Virtual Escape Jams, meet other escape room players, and an opportunity to support a worthy non-profit, Child’s Play. We aren’t charging admission for this event; we’re asking you to make a donation.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone is welcome.

The people who will get the most out of this showcase are folks who are curious to play experimental, non-commercial virtual escape games that strive to push creative boundaries. These games are about 15 minutes long, and were developed in a single day.

If you’re a friend or family member of one of our creators, we also welcome you to come see what they helped create.

Showcase Details

Date – Saturday October 24 at 4pm Eastern

Location – The RECON Discord. Meet in the Escape Jam Main Hall.

Admission – We’re not charging for admission. Instead we are asking for a donation of whatever you feel is fair to the non-profit Child’s Play. They are an incredibly well run and efficient organization that helps kids who are in hospitals.

Games Available to Play:

  • The Inspection (created in October)
  • The Keeper’s Wife (created in October)
  • House of Haunts (created in October)
  • Escape Alien Abduction (created in August)

…and possibly others!

Get Access to the Showcase

If you are new to the RECON Discord Server:

  1. Register for access to the RECON Discord and receive your Registration Number. Visit this link to complete your registration.
  2. Join the RECON Discord server here: discord.gg/recon
  3. Upload an image or screenshot of your receipt for your donation to Child’s Play with your Registration Number at Step 2 of Check-In.

If you are already a member of the RECON Discord Server:

  1. Upload an image or screenshot of your receipt for your donation to Child’s Play in a direct message to “Lisa Spira (REA) | RECON Team.”

Upon completion of the step(s) above, you’ll be granted access to the Escape Jam area of the Discord and you’ll see a channel called “Escape Jam Main Hall.” That is where you’ll go for the event.

You can complete these steps any time between now and when the event starts on Saturday.

Learn More About Virtual Escape Jams

For more about our Virtual Escape Jams, check out our event page.

clueQuest – Print + Cut + Escape Episode 3: Humanity 2.0 [Hivemind Review]

Humanity 2.0 is a print-and-play escape game created by clueQuest in London, England.

A colored in character with an exposed brain beside an assortment of colored pencils.

Format

Style of Play: print-and-play escape game

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

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: 1-2 hours

Price: £12

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

The game includes a 20-page PDF full of puzzle pieces to print and cut out, an online app, and a unique access code for registering your team in the app. The app guides you through the story one “chapter” at a time, serving up videos, audio, and simple gadgets for entering solutions. You refer to the printed puzzle pieces that correspond to the chapter.

Black & white illustration of Mrs Q, labeled "Sniper"

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Agent Venture – Cyborg Island [Hivemind Review]

Cyborg Island is a digital escape game, designed for livestream play, created by Agent Venture in London, England.

The Hivemind on a Zoom call with Dispatch.

Format

Style of Play: digital escape game with audio roleplaying, designed for livestream play

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 4-5

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: tickets range from £10.00 – £14.00 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Cyborg Island is an audio choose-your-own-adventure style game. It’s a roleplaying escape game with defined player roles, verbal NPC interaction, and extensive digital interactions. It is played over livestream. Communication and information sharing are keys to success. Interactions with the performer are all verbal and solving puzzles takes place through Zoom and PDFs.

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Codebreakers – Hunting a Killer [Hivemind Review]

Hunting a Killer is a light puzzle hunt created by Codebreakers in Christchurch, New Zealand.

An illustration of a person holding an umbrella broken into 3 parts.

Format

Style of Play: light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, mobile device

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: about 1-2 hours.

You can take as long as you want, but there is a scoreboard of the highest score on their website (based on how fast you are and how many guesses it took you for each puzzle solution.)

Price: NZ$ 20.00 per team

Booking: purchase the game and play at your leisure

Description

You help solve a series of murders by engaging with an “agent” via an online chat mechanism. The agent asks you to solve a linear series of clues about the murders by asking you questions about different portions of the killer’s website. You also explore a fabricated social network to get information about the victims.

This game may be played alone, or with teammates via Zoom and screen sharing.

A chat application where someone is asking the participants if they are ready?

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The Best Online Escape Games for Large Groups

Introduction

If you’re looking for an escape game that will accommodate a large group of players, they are few and far between.

Most escape games – in person and online – can’t support teams of more than 6 players and keep everyone actively engaged. If you’re looking for an escape game, we usually recommend dividing a large group into multiple smaller groups so that everyone gets to participate in the experience.

Each experience below takes elements from escape games and incorporates these into something a bit different. They support larger groups in different ways. Some will be better suited for your event (birthday party, team building, etc) than others.

Here are our recommendations for your group of 8+ people.

Stylized image of a laptop with a large Zoom meeting and a cup of coffee.

Recommendations

Boonabo Farm, Mad Genius Escape Co. – This is a multiplayer online puzzle game – somewhere between a digital escape game and a point-and-click adventure. It’s available for 8-16 people; we think 10 is perfect.

Global Dominance, Claustrophobia – This is an online, competitive, social deduction game, not an escape or even a puzzle game. We recommend 30 players (6 teams of 5 players each).

Jury Duty, Exit Productions – This is a cooperative online immersive game featuring investigation, interrogation, and a little bit of puzzling. The players function as an actual jury, so 12 people is ideal.

The Ruby Palace, Palace Games – This is a point-and-click adventure game with elements of a light puzzle hunt. It supports hundreds of players, but they’ll need to be broken into groups of 4 or so. It would work well for a corporate event.