Emergency Exit – Virtual Dr. Becker [Hivemind Review]

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

The game host looking into the camera intensely. He's wearing a headset with a microphone.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Adaptation of an in-person game (can be played IRL)
  • Avatar controlled by the players
  • Includes video segments
  • Interactive NPC(s) (other than a player-controlled avatar)

Who is it For?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Any experience level

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper

It also helped to have a note taking device handy.

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: £80 per team

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

You are invited to spend an hour with the famous Dr. Becker at Boleskine Lodge Practice… but do not dig too deep. Dr. Becker has a past which is questionable at best and not everyone agrees with his methods.

The game was livestreamed through Zoom. Emergency Exit added some amazing video sequences to transition between scenes. There were also two people running the game: our gamemaster and an additional cameraman. There was no inventory website.

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Emergency Exit – The Beast [Hivemind Review]

The Beast is included in our recommendation guides for Remote Horror Games and Avatar-Guided Online Escape Games . For more of the best online escape games in these styles, check out the recommendation guides.

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 included in our recommendation guides for Remote Horror Games and Avatar-Guided Online Escape Games . For more of the best online escape games in these styles, check out the recommendation guides.

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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