The Escape Game – Ruins: Forbidden Treasure [Hivemind Review]

Ruins: Forbidden Treasure is a digital adaptation of a real-life escape game created by The Escape Game, a national company based in Nashville, TN.

A view of a beautiful ancient ruins set.

Format

Style of Play: digital adaptation of a real-life escape game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $25 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is a live virtual experience in which an in-person avatar explores the physical room on your behalf, following your commands. While watching the first-person experience via Zoom, you also have access to a web app that presents a 360 degree view of the room as well as an inventory of the objects you have collected. Each team member interacts with the app asynchronously, which enables effective parallel exploration.

A video of Captain Mac explaining the "Secets of the Ehlari." It's closed captioned, "...managed to remain totally isolated..."

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⭐⭐⭐

I recommend this game to escape room players at any time.

⭐⭐

I recommend this game to escape room players in quarantine.

I do not recommend this game.

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Lokey’s Escape Rooms – Trouble in Tinseltown [Hivemind Review]

Trouble in Tinseltown is a digital adaptation of an escape game created by Lokey’s Escape Rooms in Sarasota, FL.

Zoom view of a noir-ish desk. Everything looks like it's in black & white.

Format

Style of Play: digital adaptation of a real-life escape game

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

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $19 per person

Booking: contact Lokey’s escape room to book, receive login code, and guide an avatar through the room

Description

The now-standard Zoom meeting to control a gamemaster/ avatar through verbal instructions. The in-character gamemaster was good at managing and executing instructions from multiple players. He was also fairly autonomous; once the players figured out how to solve a puzzle, he would perform the manipulations without needing much input.

A collection of movie posters up on the wall.

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I recommend this game to escape room players at any time.

⭐⭐

I recommend this game to escape room players in quarantine.

I do not recommend this game.

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Improbable Escapes – Seven Dwarfs: Mining Mission [Hivemind Review]

Seven Dwarfs: Mining Mission is digital adaptation of an escape game created by Improbable Escapes in Kingston, ON.

A photo of the room. There's a table set for 7 in a cabin's kitchen.

Format

Style of Play: digital adaptation of a real-life escape game

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection

You’re encouraged to play on two different computers (or with two monitors): one screen for the camera, the other for the inventory. This was effective.

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $74.99+HST CAD (approximately $54 USD) flat rate for 1-5 players. $10+HST per additional player beyond 5.

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This was an avatar-based escape room. A gamemaster followed our instructions in a livestream as we guided her through an adapted real-life escape room. There was a companion website inventory, which contained high-quality photographs of the room and key items within it.

Art of 2 dwarves beside a molten hole. Text explains that the dwarves need to cast the apple into the earth's molten core."

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⭐⭐⭐

I recommend this game to escape room players at any time.

⭐⭐

I recommend this game to escape room players in quarantine.

I do not recommend this game.

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Mystery Motel Murcia – A World of Magic [Hivemind Review]

A World of Magic is an escape game played through an avatar, created by Mystery Motel Murcia in Murcia, Spain.

Hands of a detective holding magnifying glass on a table set with mysterious objects.

Format

Style of Play: escape room designed specifically to be played virtually through an avatar

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 45 minutes

Price: €25-45 depending on the number of devices

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

In A World of Magic, you connect through Zoom and direct the gamemaster / avatar to explore the room and manipulate objects on your behalf to solve the puzzles.

A sealed box on a table surrounded by magical props.

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⭐⭐⭐

I recommend this game to escape room players at any time.

⭐⭐

I recommend this game to escape room players in quarantine.

I do not recommend this game.

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Crime Runners – Crime Stories Part 1: Back to the Congressman [Hivemind Review]

Crime Stories Part 1: Back to the Congressman is a digital game created by Crime Runners in Vienna, Austria.

A number padlock binding a heavy chain around a wooden gate.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-2

Play Time: less than an hour

Price: €15, which includes a €10 voucher for an in-person game

Booking: Upon purchase, a code will be sent to you via email. Simply enter this code into the website to begin.

Description

Back to the Congressman was an escape room adapted as a classic point-and-click style game. Click around, find clues, and solve puzzles. Escape rooms have come full circle by returning to their roots.

Note that you and your remote teammates will share a single instance of the game and one person’s clicks control everyone’s screen.

Story text reads, "Your taxi has dropped you off in a remote part of the forest. Now you are all alone. The chill wind rustles through the leaves as you examine your surroundings. You take a deep beath and set off.

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⭐⭐⭐

I recommend this game to escape room players at any time.

⭐⭐

I recommend this game to escape room players in quarantine.

I do not recommend this game.

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