Escape New Haven – Escape.Anywhere: Before Moonrise [Hivemind Review]

Escape.Anywhere: Before Moonrise is a real-life escape room livestreamed through an avatar, created by Escape New Haven in New Haven, CT.

A pair of hands in black latex gloves manipulating an old rotary phone.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $89 for the entire group (online playthrough)

Booking: Book online for a specific time slot. Note, Escape New Haven is now offering both in-person and online playthroughs of this game.

This escape room has the option for a “regular” mode or a “hard” mode, which adds a couple of additional puzzles.

Description

This is played over Zoom. The gamemaster shows you around the room via a camera. Photos of things you notice in the room appear in your web inventory for reference.

A black gloved hand pointing at a door inside of a cabin.

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Next Level Escape – Temporal Tangle Online [Hivemind Review]

Temporal Tangle Online is a recreation of a real-life escape room as a digital point-and-click adventure game created by Next Level Escape in Sydney, Australia.

A large hallway with tall ceilings and lage pillars. Across the way is a screen that reads "Mission Briefing" beside a big, glowing, blue portal.

Format

Style of Play: real-life escape room converted to digital play as a point-and-click adventure game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

The game can be computer-intensive, so I recommend running their free demo before purchasing the game.

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: 1-2 hours, depending how leisurely you choose to play

Price: $35 AUD (about $24 USD)

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

It looks like you’re in a real escape room, but interaction is browser-based point-and-click, and works like any other computer-based escape rooms that you might have played before. The interactions are streamlined and don’t require fiddly positioning.

It is a single-player game, but lends itself to co-playing. Several friends could each play on their own systems at the same time and share information or discuss the game via whatever voice or video chat they prefer.

A small fox puzzzle and a robot toy. Text reads, "Can I pull apart this puzzle? Nope, it's glued together, What kind of monster destroys a puzzle by gluing it in place?"

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Logic Locks – The Secrets of Eliza’s Heart [Hivemind Review]

The Secrets of Eliza’s Heart is a digital, livestreamed adaptation of an escape game created by Logic Locks in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Room Escape Artist has a review of The Secrets of Eliza’s Heart in its original format from June 2017. This is a review of the digital adaptation of the same game.

Some kind of shrine with various skulls and candles.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper could also be helpful

There was no inventory system other than taking notes by hand yourself, and this actually worked just fine.

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: The game itself lasts up to 80 minutes, but they recommend you reserve up to 120 minutes for the entire experience.

Price: between €18,75 – €37,50 per person ($21 – $42)

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

One reviewer notes: Our game was generously provided at 3:00 AM Amsterdam time and our host remained and chatted with us long after the game was over. Excellent customer service.

Description

This game consists entirely of the livestream of an in-character avatar exploring a real room on your behalf. You tell the avatar what to do, but unlike some avatar games, they have a mind of their own, so you might have to negotiate with them to accomplish what you want.

An old furniture key in an ornate lock.

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Claustrophobia – Global Dominance [Hivemind Review]

Global Dominance is an online social deduction game for remote play, created by Claustrophobia in Moscow, Russia.

Kim Jung Un cuddling a nuclear bomb and holding up a piece sign.

Format

Style of Play: social deduction game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 30 players (6 teams of 5 players each)

Play Time: 2 hours

Price: sliding scale between $5-$10 for 4-50 players

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Our large group of 30 players was split up into 6 teams (USA, Germany, Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea). The game took place over 6 rounds, each round representing a year in gameplay. During a round we were sent by the host into our own national group chats, where we analyzed the situation and assigned resources to develop our cities, improve the environment, develop nuclear weapons, build nuclear shields, spy on other countries, sanction other countries, or launch our missiles at a city.

We were also permitted to have the host send one of our people as an ambassador to a different country’s private Zoom breakout room where we could discuss and negotiate.

To conclude a round, each team filled out a Google Form that committed our resources and decisions. At the end of each round we were brought back into the main room all together to see how things played out.

The game round order. News, debate, separate negotiations, and decision-making.

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Audivio Studios – Pentargo Quarantine [Hivemind Review]

Pentargo Quarantine is a digital game created by Audivio Studios in Catalunya, Spain.

A computer owned by a character in the game.

Format

Style of Play: light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Although the game instructions say you need a Whatsapp account, we did not need one to play.

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: about 2.5 – 3 hours

Price: $2.50 per person

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure either solo or by collaborating with remote teammates through Skype, Facetime, Zoom, etc. (by screensharing the game or playing with separate instances of the game and discussing)

Description

You receive a stream of simulated text messages to advance the story and provide puzzle information, sometimes with audio and video clips. Some puzzles require external websites and online tools.

An old tape recorder with a sticker on it that reads, "Listen"

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REA's hivemind review scale - 3 is recommended anytime, 2 recommended in quarantine, 1 is not recommended.

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