Trapped Puzzle Rooms – Spirit Train [Hivemind Review]

Spirit Train is an audio game created by Trapped Puzzle Rooms in St. Paul, MN.

Illustration of a cartoon train with arms on a track. A bird flies overhead.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Audio game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection.

You’ll need Discord. The desktop app works best.

Recommended Team Size: 3-4

Play Time: 2 hours

Price: $28

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Spirit Train is an audio game, run in Discord. The gamemaster describes the scene, characters, and objects in the story. You tell them what you would like to do or examine, or to whom you’d like to speak, and they tell you what happens after you take that action. It’s a bit like a role-playing game, but with more puzzles.

In addition to the audio narration of the story and puzzles, artwork is displayed in a text channel.

The host improvises with players and whatever ideas they come up with.

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Trapped Puzzle Rooms – Taco Twosday [Hivemind Review]

Taco Twosday is a tabletop escape game created by Trapped Puzzle Rooms in St. Paul, MN.

Actual tacos sitting on top of Taco Twosday.
Tacos not included… but you should make your own.

Format

Style of Play: asymmetrical tabletop escape game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 2-3 hours (or faster for very experienced groups)

It would be easy to play over multiple sessions because the game is divided into 3 sections and tells you when a good stopping point is and how to come back to the game.

Price: $17.95 for each half, or both halves for $35.90, plus $4-16 for shipping

Booking: purchase online and wait for the game to arrive in the mail

Description

The game comes as two packets of information – one for the Flour Bureau of Investigation, and one for the Corn Intelligence Agency. Each group only has access to one of the two packets. You read information in your packet when instructed to do so, and then you discuss what you learn with the other group. Each packet contains complementary information, so you must collaborate to discover how your information fits together.

The game materials are mailed to you, but a website is used for answer verification and further instructions.

You can be either remote or in the same room as the other group, but if in the same room, you need to have something between the groups so they don’t see each other’s information.

Taco Twosday confidential papers.

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Trapped Puzzle Rooms – The Heist [Hivemind Review]

The Heist is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by Trapped Puzzle Rooms in St. Paul, MN.

Painting of a key.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper

Recommended Team Size: 3-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $26 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is a standard live avatar-led game played over Zoom and using Telescape. It is set in an art gallery.

5 labeled plates on a wall in a museum.

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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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Trapped Puzzle Rooms – Heist Heist Baby [Hivemind Review]

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

Heist Heist Baby logo featuring casino chips.

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.

Recommended Team Size: 4-6

Play Time: about an hour

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

Booking: book for a specific time slot

Description

This is an audio game played over Discord. It is played via voice chat, and uses pictures sent by the game host. Each user had their own stream of pictures to use – open, enlarge, go back to – independent of the rest of the team.

Illustrated image of a casino floor.

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