Emergency Exit – The Beast [Hivemind Review]

The Beast is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by Emergency Exit in Greater Manchester, England.

A red lit cabin with the words "There is no escape" written in blood on the wall.

Format

Style of Play: real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection; an additional mobile device is recommended but not required

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 90 minutes

Price: £100 per group

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

The Beast is an avatar-led playthrough of a physical escape room with added visual elements. There is a dedicated cameraman and there are multiple camera angles that help you out. There is no inventory website.

A black statue of a demon.

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Emergency Exit – Exorcist [Hivemind Review]

Exorcist is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by Emergency Exit in Greater Manchester, England.

A posessed priest with black fluid flowing from his mouth and dead eyes.

Format

Style of Play: real-life escape room livestreamed through a cameraman who is not the avatar

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, maybe a pen and paper

The game worked well without an inventory system. Pen and paper for personal notes helped.

Recommended Team Size: 2-6

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: £80.00 for up to 6 connections

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This was a remote version of an existing escape room, played entirely in Zoom (no external inventory system). In Exorcist, our avatar was a paranormal tour guide escorting us on a live-streamed video tour of an infamous location when strange things happened. The game was presented with a third-person perspective rather than the typical first-person avatar vantage point. This enhanced the playability and believeability of the game. Both the avatar and the cameraman were in character and had a narrative justification for being present. There were also several impressive pre-recorded video moments with high production value.

A person in a headset behind the wheel of a car as seen over Zoom.

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