CodeCandyBlue – Cadets Training Day [Hivemind Review]

Cadets Training Day is a free point-and-click game created by CodeCandyBlue.

Cadets Training Day, Home Office Communicator video.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on-demand
  • Includes video segments
  • Point-and-click

Who is it For?

  • Any experience level

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: about 60 minutes

Price: free

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

After starting your adventure, a short video segment plays and you’re presented with information to help you start solving your mission. While the game is self-contained in one web browser, you can use the video conferencing platform of your choice to connect with your teammates and solve puzzle after puzzle. Each player solves independently (you’re not logged into the same “team”, so it can be solved with just one person presenting their screen). Once you solve the puzzle, you enter the answer, and you’re passed to the next puzzle.

An image of a desk witha. safe on it and assorted papers and books.

Wolf Escape Games – Hallows Hill: The Virtual Escape Room Experience [Hivemind Review]

Hallows Hill: The Virtual Escape Room Experience is a point-and-click game created by Wolf Escape Games.

Hallows Hill title card, looks like its for a horror movie; a van drives into the darkness and fog towards an ominous building.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on-demand
  • Web-based inventory system
  • Includes video segments
  • Point-and-click

Who is it For?

  • Story seekers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Any experience level

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection and a mobile device for remote players who are not in front of the main screen

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: 60 to 90 minutes

Price: £20.00 per team

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Hallows Hill is a well-executed narrative-driven point-and-click adventure, with unusually cinematic presentation and support for remote players to view items on their devices.

A journal with writing and drawings. Text above it reads, "Her journal is full of stuff about the house."

Enchambered – Apart in Time [Hivemind Review]

Apart in Time is a 2-player point-and-click game created by Enchambered in Sacramento, CA.

This game is in a similar style to Enchambered’s other digital games: Alone TogetherTogether Apart, and Together At Heart.

Key art for Apart in Time features a broken mirror with a haunting face in the shards.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Point-and-click

Who is it For?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Any experience level

Required Equipment: Computer with internet connection. Each player needs their own computer.

Recommended Team Size: exactly 2

Play Time: about 60 minutes

Price: pay what you want, minimum of $10

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Apart in Time is a two-person, cooperative game where each player has partial information and needs to communicate with the other person to solve the puzzles.

E-Scape Rooms – The Sword of Drakul [Hivemind Review]

The Sword of Drakul is a point-and-click game created by E-Scape Rooms in the UK.

3D rendering of a pedestal in an ancient temple.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Web-based inventory system
  • Point-and-click

Who is it for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Story seekers
  • Good for newbies
  • Any experience level

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-3

Play Time: You have an unlimited timer and the game link is valid for up to 4 days. It took our reviewers less than an hour to play.

Price: GBP 14.99

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

You are traveling through rooms in a castle virtually (point-and-click) and solving various puzzles to move from room to room. This is a standard Telescape game with 360-degree pictures. You look around for clickable items that help you to solve puzzles and enter codes.

Exit19.pl – Necromancer [Hivemind Review]

Necromancer is an avatar-led online adaptation of a real-life escape game, created by Exit19.pl in Wroclaw, Poland.

A strange still life with a face that has eyes of different colors.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Adaptation of an in-person game (can be played IRL)
  • Avatar controlled by the players
  • Web-based inventory system
  • Includes video segments

Who is it For?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Any experience level

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 70 minutes

Price: 405 PLN (or about $100) per team for the English version

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Necromancer is an escape room in real-life that we played through Zoom. There is a Telescape inventory system plus 360°-view pictures of the spaces. There are 2 people operating the game: our gamemaster in front of the camera and the cameraman.

Avatar approaching a wall of skulls.