Cyborg Island is a digital escape game, designed for livestream play, created by Agent Venture in London, England.
Style of Play: digital escape game with audio roleplaying, designed for livestream play
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection
Recommended Team Size: 4-5
Play Time: 60 minutes
Price: tickets range from £10.00 – £14.00 per person
Booking: book online for a specific time slot
Cyborg Island is an audio choose-your-own-adventure style game. It’s a roleplaying escape game with defined player roles, verbal NPC interaction, and extensive digital interactions. It is played over livestream. Communication and information sharing are keys to success. Interactions with the performer are all verbal and solving puzzles takes place through Zoom and PDFs.
S.O.U.P. was a light-hearted and approachable puzzle game with a fantastic sense of humor.
While largely paper-based, this game was deeply personalized and made with an abundance of care.
The writing in S.O.U.P. was superb, and drastically different in tone and style than that of Root of All Evil. It’s impressive to see creators shift tone and approach so elegantly.
S.O.U.P. is an easy game to recommend. Because of the level of personalization, I suspect that it would make a great surprise gift.
Who is this for?
Any experience level
Amusing and succinct storytelling
Strong, well presented puzzles
In S.O.U.P. we had recently been recruited into the Society for the Observation of Unknown Phenomena. As junior investigators we were told to expect packages to examine strange happenings around the globe.
Hunting a Killer is a light puzzle hunt created by Codebreakers in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Style of Play: light puzzle hunt
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, mobile device
Recommended Team Size: 1-3
Play Time: about 1-2 hours.
You can take as long as you want, but there is a scoreboard of the highest score on their website (based on how fast you are and how many guesses it took you for each puzzle solution.)
Price: NZ$ 20.00 per team
Booking: purchase the game and play at your leisure
You help solve a series of murders by engaging with an “agent” via an online chat mechanism. The agent asks you to solve a linear series of clues about the murders by asking you questions about different portions of the killer’s website. You also explore a fabricated social network to get information about the victims.
This game may be played alone, or with teammates via Zoom and screen sharing.
The 2020 IndieCade Festival is happening on the Internet… because that’s where everything is happening this year.
We’ve been talking to the folks from IndieCade for years about doing a session with them, and this was the first time that the stars aligned… so here are the details (and a few other sessions that we think you’ll want to watch):
The Evolving Business of Escape Rooms
When: Thursday, October 22 from 9:00 – 9:45AM Pacific / 12:00 – 12:45PM Eastern
Who: We’ll be joining Juliana & Ariel from The Wild Optimists, and Elan Lee from Exploding Kittens (yes, the Exploding Kittens)
What: Escape Rooms, one of the fastest-growing sectors in games, has always been the site of bold innovation. The pandemic created upheaval. This was inevitable for a medium formed around the idea of physical, group interactivity. While early adaptation allowed escape room businesses to survive, creators continued to evolve the online medium to explore new areas: creating new styles of interaction and broadening accessibility. This panel of accomplished escape room designers, players, and researchers will discuss what has been lost, but also how these creators are pushing their industry to thrive in a future that is both online and in real life.
While much of IndieCade is free, our session is only available to folks with a Plus ($45) or Premium ($155) pass. So grab your tickets before we’re on stage.
IndieCade is 10 days long and packed with games to play, people to meet, and things to learn. We’re excited to be a part of it.