MindTrap Escape Room – Excalibur [Hivemind Review]

Excalibur is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by MindTrap Escape Room in California.

Game interface shows clickable buttons to travel between locations, an image of Excalibur in a stone, and a selectable scroll.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 3-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: ranging from $80.00 per team of 2 to $200.00 per team of 10

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is a standard in-character avatar livestream game, where players see information and puzzles via the video and instruct the avatar in how to solve them. As players, we were helping “Sir Cries-a-lot” find the Excalibur sword. He was quite clumsy so he needed us to help him out.

A caged door with glowing lights beyond it.

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The Box – The Diamond Heist [Hivemind Review]

The Diamond Heist is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by The Box in Metz, France.

A mobile website with a photo of someon breaking into a building. Under the image is a prompt for a password.

Format

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.

Description

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.

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Cluetivity – The Pegasus Project [Hivemind Review]

The Pegasus Project is a point-and-click adventure game created by Cluetivity and presented to us by Escape SF in San Francisco, CA.

Video of a PPE-covered person over a bodybag.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

This game cannot be played on a mobile device.

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: Listed as 90-120 minutes to complete, but there’s no time limit. Our team of reviewers solved much more quickly.

Price: This game is sold by more than a dozen different companies and their pricing varies enormously. From Escape SF, it costs $39 per team.

Booking: purchase the game and play at your leisure

Description

Using a website interface with some “hacking tools,” videos, and various 3D views, we explored and solved puzzles. The challenges largely revolved around finding information within the game.

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Bewilder Box – B.R.U.C.E. Saves Christmas [Hivemind Review]

B.R.U.C.E. Saves Christmas is a point-and-click adventure game created by Bewilder Box in Brighton, England.

BRUCE Saves Christmas title art with a decorated fireplace.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: Listed as approximately 60-90 minutes, but no limit. Our reviewers played significantly faster.

Price: £20 per team

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

This is a Christmas-themed multiplayer point-and-click game with video clip cutscenes. When one player solves a puzzle, it is solved for all players. Due to the collaborative nature of the design, each player needs their own device and this game cannot be played solo.

The robot BRUCE in a wintery log cabin ready for point & click fun.

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Agent Venture – Mission Three: B.A.D Side of the Moon [Hivemind Review]

Mission Three: B.A.D Side of the Moon is a digital escape game, designed for livestream play, created by Agent Venture in London, England.

Illustration of "Control" or spy dispatcher.

Format

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: 60-90 minutes

Price: tickets range from £10.00 – £14.00 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Mission Three: B.A.D Side of the Moon is an audio roleplaying escape game with defined player roles, verbal NPC interaction, and extensive digital interactions. It is played over Zoom. Communication and information sharing are keys to success. Interactions with the performer are all verbal and solving puzzles takes place through Zoom, websites, Google Sheets, and PDFs.

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