Trapped Puzzle Rooms – Taco Twosday [Hivemind Review]

Taco Twosday is included in our recommendation guide for 2-Player Online Escape Games. For more of the best online escape games in this style, check out the recommendation guide.

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 included in our recommendation guide for The Best Online Escape Games for Tweens and Families . For more of the best online escape games in this style, check out the recommendation guide.

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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Trapped Puzzle Rooms – Herbert’s Laboratory [Hivemind Review]

Herbert’s Laboratory is an audio game created by Trapped Puzzle Rooms in St. Paul, MN.

Herbet's Laboratory banner.

Format

Style of Play: audio game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper. Note, the game is played through Discord so players will need to quickly make a Discord account if they don’t have one.

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: about an hour

Price: Tickets are $15/person, with a 3-ticket minimum.

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

When players log into Discord voice chat, the game master sets the scene, describing and providing pictures in some cases, of what the party sees. The individuals are allowed to explore the room and take actions by asking open-ended questions to the game master, who then describes what you see or what happens. This is a mix between an escape room and a role-playing game.

An overhead view of a laboratory. Each area of the room is labeled.

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Theresa W’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

Herbert’s Laboratory was a delightful combination of Dungeons & Dragons and escape rooms, and it was a truly awesome experience. I know that this game will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it hit all the right notes for me. The game incorporated some intriguing elements that are impossible in the real world. The puzzles did not necessarily have a “correct” solution, so our team had fun trying obscure solves. The game master was able to create clear and immersive imagery for the players. I’d strongly recommend this game to anyone who is open to the idea of an audio escape room!

Peih Gee Law’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

I thought this was a very charming game: cute story line, nicely done graphics, and a fun host. Playing this game felt very much like playing an old-school point-and-click adventure game – and that’s not a bad thing. I love old-school adventure games, and this was a fun way to experience it with my friends.

Puzzlewise, it was more of “figure out how to manipulate items in a certain manner to get a desired result” and less about solving a self-contained puzzle, although it did have those also. The puzzles themselves were on the easy side. However, it was fun getting to play in the sandbox of the scenario Trapped Puzzle Rooms had created for us, and I liked that we could be creative with a solution. I think that while the puzzles themselves were a little simple, overall the execution was very well done and an enjoyable way to spend an hour.

A Herbert's Laboratory Discord chat.

The Lone Puzzler’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

Really fun game for groups who cannot physically be at a live escape room. Different experience than in-person, but held up very well in comparison. Puzzles were engaging. Audio imagery was well done. Felt like you were part of a fun adventure with friends.

Theresa Piazza’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

Herbert’s Laboratory is delightful. Trapped Puzzle Rooms uses the digital elements of this new game to their advantage, allowing players to “do” things that would otherwise be impossible in a physical escape room. There’s a wonderful story, and our DM (I mean, our gamemaster), was great, indulging our jokes, desired actions, and sometimes ridiculous requests. Only light puzzling was required, which left plenty of room for exploration and descriptive storytelling. While some traditional escape room players might have difficulty embracing this style of game, those who have played RPGs previously will have no problem sliding into this theatre of the mind. Trapped Puzzle Rooms has one other room available in this format (with a third on the horizon), and I’m eager to play it!

Disclosure: Trapped Puzzle Rooms provided the Hivemind reviewers with a complimentary play.