Omescape – Pursuit of Assassin Artist [Hivemind Review]

Pursuit of Assassin Artist is a time loop escape game, created for livestreamed play through an avatar, created by Omescape in San Jose, CA.

The artist walking around in his home.

Format

Style of Play: time loop-style escape room, livestreamed and played through an avatar, and designed for livestream play

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, phone that can call a US number

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 90 minutes

Price: $179 per team, for up to 8 connections

Booking: book online for a specific time slot.

Description

This was a typical avatar-driven game with a pair of twists.

  1. There was a live actor as antagonist.
  2. Your avatar was a character trapped in a time loop. If you – through the avatar – make a critical failure, the avatar dies, and your avatar immediately returns to the start of the game with no memory of what has happened. Everything in the game world resets.

Expect the unexpected. This game plays with time resets, character improvisation, outside knowledge, and accumulated knowledge. Be ready for anything.

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No Exit Escape Rooms – El Exorcista [Review]

Deliver us from evil.

Location:  Athens, Greece

Date Played: March 1, 2020

Team size: 3-5; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: from €90 per team of 3 players to €115 per team of 5 players

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating:  We’re unsure what fire escape measures there were, if any. More Info.

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

That was intense.

El Exorcista was unlike anything else that we’ve ever played. Imagine if the movie The Exorcist was completely reimagined as a hybrid escape room/ immersive theatre/ haunted house.

The actors were outrageously talented and (probably) not performing in their native language. Some of the moments that they brought to life blew our minds.

In-game: an alter in a crypt covered in candles.

El Exorcista’s puzzles were probably the weakest part of the experience. Much like Zoe, the gameplay functioned more as gates, keeping us physically engaged with the experience. (It’s worth noting that while this was a scary game, it was nowhere near the sphincter-clenching terror of Zoe, and that’s probably a good thing.)

Athens had quite a few must-play escape rooms and El Exorcista absolutely sits among that pantheon. It was unique and it left us with so many unforgettable memories.

Who is this for?

  • Horror fans
  • Story seekers
  • Practical effects snobs
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Breathtaking theatrics
  • Strong horror storytelling

Story

A young woman had been possessed by a demon. An exorcist named Father Damian sought to draw the beast out of her, but his strength wasn’t enough. He needed help.

In-game: The corner of a home, with a radio, and comedy and tragedy masks.
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Mad Genius Escape Co. – The Truth About Edith [Hivemind Review]

The Truth About Edith is a virtual escape game created by Mad Genius Escape Co. in Portland, OR.

Edith up close to the camera on a Zoom call.

Format

Style of Play: Natively online escape game blending multiple media

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

The game has to be played on a computer with Zoom downloaded and either Chrome or Firefox. It’s helpful to have a second screen. You’ll be interacting with both websites and video. It won’t work on tablets or phones.

Recommended Team Size: exactly 4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $80 for a team of 4 players

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

The Truth About Edith is played over Zoom with a live gamemaster and a live actor. However, it is not played via an avatar in a real-life escape room. Our job was to investigate a strange woman. We followed clues to different bepuzzled websites, and encountered a couple of different characters over video call.

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Lockhill – The Sanatorium [Review]

Hell-o Nurse

Location:  Athens, Greece

Date Played: March 1, 2020

Team size: 1-5; we recommend 4

Duration: 2.5 hours for Midnight Mode (reviewed here), 1.5 hours for Night Mode or Day Mode

Price: from €64 per player for teams of 1 to €30 per player for teams of 5 in Midnight Mode (reviewed here)

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating:  We’re unsure what fire escape measures there were, if any. More Info.

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Sanatorium was the best kind of bonkers. It was big, beautiful, menacing, and loaded with surprising sequences.

In-lobby: A building's entrance lit by lantern light.
Image from Lockhill’s lobby

The actors (and I’m not sure how many there were) were scary, yet smart. They quickly zeroed in on the players who were willing to engage with them, and eased up on those that were overtly afraid.

Traversing the environment and interacting with the actors felt like living a video game.

As a community we talk about escape rooms being “immersive experiences” and “feeling like real-life video games…” but few of them honestly achieve deep immersion or feel like real-life video games. The Sanatorium did these things, and sustained the immersion for 2.5 hours… which flew by.

If it’s not clear, The Sanatorium was a must-play. However, I think that if you aren’t playing Midnight Mode (full horror & full puzzle), you’re doing yourself and this experience a disservice. If you’re scared, find teammates with the nerve to help you through The Sanatorium.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Horror fans
  • Players with at least some experience
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • Heart-pounding gameplay
  • Intense actor interactions
  • An incredible set
  • It was a truly immersive experience

Story

Professor Nathan Jones had asked us to investigate the abandoned sanatorium. The word was that the facility maintained an inhumane standard of living for their patients… and that’s why it had been shut down. But recently, there had been multiple reports of screams coming from inside.

In-lobby: A stone wall covered in orange leaves beside an old door.
Image from Lockhill’s lobby
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CU Adventures in Time & Space – The Lost Temple [Hivemind Review]

Update 3/23/21: If you enjoy The Lost Temple, we hope you’ll check out our interview with creators Anne & Chris Lukeman on The Reality Escape Pod.

The Lost Temple is a combination digital + printable game created by CU Adventures in Time & Space in Urbana, IL.

Lisa and David on Zoom with Escape The Roomers, a Print and Play game sitting on their keyboard with scissors and a pen.

Format

Style of Play: fusion of point-and-click adventure game and print-and-play tabletop escape game

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection, printer, pen and paper, scissors, tape

This game was designed to be printed. There is a “no print” version, but using it really does rob you of this game’s finest moments. We strongly recommend doing most of the cutting out prior to the start of the game. (Keep track of the page numbers for the things you cut out.)

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: about 2 hours

Price: $10 for print-and-play with higher prices for shipped components

Booking: purchase the game and play at your leisure

Description

The Lost Temple was a fusion of LucasArts-style point-and-click adventure with tabletop escape room. We received a PDF with a couple of dozen printable pages, many of which had bits that needed to be cut out. Then we used a web-based interface to click around and interact with the game world. This interface kept us organized while presenting the puzzles as well as the story.

The flooplan for a university library with a hand written letter on it.

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