Agent November – Mind Heist [Hivemind Review]

Update March 2022: We replayed this game to see what would happen if we made different choices and here are our thoughts:

Mind Heist is definitely replayable, as long as the players make different choices. Using the 3-letter story code you receive at the end, you can ensure you don’t accidentally choose the same path on a replay.

The framing story and initial setup will be exactly the same, but the puzzles and flow of the game will be different due to the decisions that are made. At each decision point, new items are revealed and the interactions with the avatar are different.

That said, to see a different part of the story, you may have to make a choice that you didn’t want to the first time through, and as a result you might end up in a darker timeline than you desired. If you enjoy finding all the endings, good and bad, in a choose-your-own-adventure style story, a replay might be just the thing for you.

Update January 2022: Check out the comments section for details about upgrades since we reviewed.

Mind Heist is an avatar-led, livestreamed escape room, created by Agent November in the United Kingdom.

First person view, a pair of hands holding two security badges in front of a locked box with a timer on it.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Avatar controlled by the players

Required Equipment: Computer with internet connection, pen and paper

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: £14 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Mind Heist was a standard avatar-led escape room. Player decisions affected the story and the difficulty of the puzzles. It was a choose-your-own-adventure-style virtual escape room.

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Agent November – Virtual X-Caper [Hivemind Review]

Virtual X-Caper is included in our recommendation guide for Avatar-Guided Online Escape Games . For more of the best online escape games in this style, check out the recommendation guide.

Virtual X-Caper is an escape game played digitally through an avatar livestream, created by Agent November in London, United Kingdom.

A man handcuffed to a cabinet. The soles of his shoes read, "HELP ME"

Format

Style of Play: avatar-based livestream of a real room, but designed specifically for online play

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, and some reviewers also recommend pen and paper

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: £12 per ticket and a private booking option (6 players) for £66

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is an avatar-led live playthrough of a low-tech, homemade escape room with a delightful character. It is a fully original game for remote play, but it takes place in the same narrative universe as some of Agent November’s real-life games.

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