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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Live Tweeting Tonight’s Celebrity Escape Room

Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and Adam Scott on the teaser art for Celebrity Escape Room.

Tonight on NBC, Ben Stiller, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and Adam Scott are going to attempt to “escape from Jack Black’s house.”

The goal of this Red Nose Day Special is to raise money for children impacted by the pandemic.

Will be it fun or cringey? Who knows.

Will it represent escape rooms well? I sure hope so.

Who will carry the team and who will bring shame to their families?

Either way… we can all find out together at 8pm Eastern tonight. Lisa and I will be live tweeting this madness while imbibing alcohol. Follow us on Twitter @RoomEscapeArt.

Unlock! – Scheherazade’s Last Tale [Review]

Another Night, Another Story.

Location:  at home

Date Played: April 14, 2020

Team size: 1-6; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: about $15

REA Reaction

Scheherazade’s Last Tale felt like a marriage of the story of Scheherazade and Disney’s Aladdin. This story-driven puzzle adventure was a romp through a family-friendly take on Arabian mythology. It was a fun and fresh world for puzzling.

The initial card setup features Scheherazade sitting in a beautiful palace.

This installment of Unlock! shined in creating novel interactions between cards that only worked in this particular game world. Additionally, the Unlock! app elevated the narrative experience, something that this app rarely does well.

The shortcomings in this game were your typical collection of Unlock! criticism: the hidden numbers sucked, we were granted access to far too many cards at once, and a few of these puzzles were far more particular than the clue structure really justified.

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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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