The Diamond Heist is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by The Box in Metz, France.
Style of Play: real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, recommended to have a second screen or second device
Recommended Team Size: 2-5
Play Time: 75 minutes
Price: from 20€ per person
Booking: Book online for a specific time slot. This game is available in both French and English, but you may need to email them about English booking availability.
The Diamond Heist is a standard remote avatar-based game that uses Google Drive to share image closeups. You are connected with Bob, your avatar, and you have to help him break into a shop and steal “the blue lion” aka a large diamond.
Escape Room in a Box: The Walking Dead is a tabletop escape game created by Mattel.
Style of Play: tabletop escape game
Required Equipment: pen and paper
Note: You’ll need a computer and printer to reset the game for another user.
Recommended Team Size: 1-3
Play Time: 90 minutes. The timer is only relevant if you want it to be.
Price: about $30
This is a tabletop escape game in the same vein as previous Escape Room in a Box installments. You solve mostly paper puzzles, open real (plastic) locks, and repeat until there are no more puzzles. It is more about the puzzles than the story.
Eschaton is a virtual nightclub and immersive experience that includes a light puzzle hunt.
Style of Play: an audio-visual experience that includes a light puzzle hunt
Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection
If you plan to solve the puzzles, you’ll want a way to take notes and maybe a Google Sheet to keep organized.
Recommended Team Size: 1-2 people per connection
Play Time: 1 hour per visit
Price: $15 per connection (prices go up for holiday events)
Booking: book online for a specific Saturday night performance
When Eschaton opens, its website provides you with a Zoom link. From the Zoom link, you learn how to get to other Zoom rooms. Players move from room to room throughout the experience at their own whims. You might stumble across a puzzle.
The Eschaton puzzle experience is somewhere between a puzzle hunt and an ARG. There is a lot to find and tons to solve. It would require multiple visits to complete.
Of note, Eschaton is an interesting experience with great performers, but it is not an escape room in any way.
Return of the Mayan Curse is a collaborative, multiplayer point-and-click adventure game created by Gaggle Studios.
Style of Play: point-and-click with multiplayer support and integrated video conferencing
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection (mandatory), webcam (optional), microphone (mandatory), headphones (highly recommended)
Also, a mouse is recommended over a trackpad.
The game requires you to download a client. It’s relatively small and the website lists the minimum computer specifications.
Recommended Team Size: 2-4
Play Time: The game clock is 60 minutes, but the game key gives you a 120-minute connection to play.
Price: $29.99 for up to 4 players
Booking: Purchase a game key, download and install the software, and play at your leisure.
Collaborate with up to 3 other teammates – each on their own device – to click around the rooms and solve puzzles; communication is a must.
Audio and video streams funnel through the game, so you can see and hear your remote teammates within the game itself. Every player watches synchronized cutscenes, and then explores independently and interacts with the items they find. When one player solves a puzzle or takes an item, everyone else’s view changes accordingly, keeping everyone in sync.