Trapped in the Web – A Night at the Theatre [Hivemind Review]

A Night at the Theatre is a digital escape game in Google Forms, created by Trapped in the Web.

An illustration of a projector and some exposition setting the stage for the game.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: 1-2 hours

Price: £8.99

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Purchasing gives you access to a Google Form that contains the entire game. Players navigate through the Google Form, going to different ‘rooms’ and using the clues in those rooms to find solutions to puzzles. The Google Form interface is limited to pages of text, static graphics, and the occasional video leading to a text entry field for the solution, with a “Next” button.

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Cave Escape – Carfax The Hunter [Hivemind Review]

Carfax the Hunter is a livestreamed escape game created by Cave Escape in Nottingham, England.

A woman in black walking through a dramatically lit cave.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Adaptation of an in-person game (can be played IRL)
  • Avatar controlled by the players
  • Web-based inventory system

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 75 minutes

Price: £85 per group

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is an avatar-led game in a cool setting. You only see the avatar’s hands as you direct them to pick things up or open things. They also communicate back to you with hand movements. It utilizes Telescape in a separate window for inventory and cutscenes.

Avatar view: an old wooden desk covered in lab equipment, and a phrenology bust.

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Eleven Puzzles – Unboxing the Mind of a Cryptic Killer [Hivemind Review]

Unboxing the Mind of a Cryptic Killer is a point-and-click adventure game created by Eleven Puzzles in Poland.

Illustrated point and click interface depicts a locked treasure chest surrounded by modern technology.

Format

Style of Play: collaborative point-and-click adventure game with asymmetrical information

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 90 minutes

Price: $20

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

You are trying to track down a killer by solving an assortment of clues. You must divide your team into 2 groups, each of which has access to only half of the clues within the web app. By sharing your information with each other across a chatting mechanism of your choice, you piece together solutions that you each must enter to proceed.

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The Escape Game – 49ers Unlocked [Hivemind Review]

49ers Unlocked is a point-and-click adventure game created by The Escape Game in collaboration with the San Francisco 49ers.

Jerry Rice on video call.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, mobile device

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: No time limit, and progress saves, so you can log out and resume later. Our reviewers took about 20-40 minutes.

Price: $10 per team

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

49ers Unlocked was a point-and-click escape game set in the San Francisco 49ers Stadium. The team’s Lombardi trophies had gone missing and Jerry Rice needed us to find them.

This is a web-based game, with video instructions and a graduated hint system. Everything you need to know to solve the puzzles can be found within the game, but outside knowledge of the 49ers will help you solve more quickly.

Point & click interface for 49ers Unlocked. It is in red, gold, white, and black and depicts the team's stadium.

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Lockdown Paphos – Space Station Online Adventure [Hivemind Review]

Space Station Online Adventure is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by Lockdown Paphos in Paphos, Cyprus.

An astronaut wearing an alien hat.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-6

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: €80 for up to 6 connections

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Space Station Online Adventure was a standard live-streamed escape game with an in-character avatar and no external inventory. The avatar was unusually engaging and enjoyable.

Console on a space station viewed through Zoom.

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