Escape Room in a Box: The Walking Dead [Hivemind Review]

Escape Room in a Box: The Walking Dead is a tabletop escape game created by Mattel.

Escape Room in a Box The Walking Dead box art depicts a cracked door with many zombie hands reaching through it.

Format

Style of Play: tabletop escape game

Required Equipment: pen and paper

Note: You’ll need a computer and printer to reset the game for another user.

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: 90 minutes. The timer is only relevant if you want it to be.

Price: about $30

Description

This is a tabletop escape game in the same vein as previous Escape Room in a Box installments. You solve mostly paper puzzles, open real (plastic) locks, and repeat until there are no more puzzles. It is more about the puzzles than the story.

Open box, an assortmnt of locks, paper puzzles, and plastic props.

Cluetivity – The Pegasus Project [Hivemind Review]

The Pegasus Project is a point-and-click adventure game created by Cluetivity and presented to us by Escape SF in San Francisco, CA.

Video of a PPE-covered person over a bodybag.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

This game cannot be played on a mobile device.

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: Listed as 90-120 minutes to complete, but there’s no time limit. Our team of reviewers solved much more quickly.

Price: This game is sold by more than a dozen different companies and their pricing varies enormously. From Escape SF, it costs $39 per team.

Booking: purchase the game and play at your leisure

Description

Using a website interface with some “hacking tools,” videos, and various 3D views, we explored and solved puzzles. The challenges largely revolved around finding information within the game.

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Bewilder Box – B.R.U.C.E. Saves Christmas [Hivemind Review]

B.R.U.C.E. Saves Christmas is a point-and-click adventure game created by Bewilder Box in Brighton, England.

BRUCE Saves Christmas title art with a decorated fireplace.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: Listed as approximately 60-90 minutes, but no limit. Our reviewers played significantly faster.

Price: £20 per team

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

This is a Christmas-themed multiplayer point-and-click game with video clip cutscenes. When one player solves a puzzle, it is solved for all players. Due to the collaborative nature of the design, each player needs their own device and this game cannot be played solo.

The robot BRUCE in a wintery log cabin ready for point & click fun.

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Escape Room LA – The Haunted Theatre [Hivemind Review]

The Haunted Theatre is a real-life escape room converted to digital play, created by Escape Room LA in Los Angeles, CA.

The Haunted Theatre title scree depicts a spectral performer in a flowy dress on stage.

Format

Style of Play: real-life escape room converted to digital play without an avatar

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $23.50 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

The Haunted Theatre is a real-life escape game translated fully into Telescape, without an avatar. It is hosted in Zoom with a live gamemaster who gives an introduction and is on standby for hints, if needed.

Players enter a view of a physical escape room and click to explore aspects of the room. Each player can independently interact with all game elements, but only one player can solve each item on behalf of the group. The format does not allow sharing of how puzzles are solved.

Backstage at the Haunted Theatre has posters and an illuminated ghost light.

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Trapped Puzzle Rooms – Super Squad [Hivemind Review]

Super Squad is an audio escape game created by Trapped Puzzle Rooms in St. Paul, MN.

Comic booky Super Squad logo.

Format

Style of Play: audio escape game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

You’ll need to sign up for a free Discord account if you don’t already have one. The host is skilled in onboarding new players.

Recommended Team Size: 3-6

Play Time: about an hour

Price: $15 per person, with a 3-ticket minimum

Booking: book for a specific time slot

Description

Trapped Puzzle Rooms offers spoken-word, Dungeons & Dragons-esque gameplay with some supplemental art. The host told the story, the players reacted to the world, and the host explained the ramifications of those actions. The more imaginative and willing to play the team was, the more the group got out of the experience.

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