Puzzling Hunts – Sleighlink II: Santa’s Secret Mission [Hivemind Review]

Sleighlink II: Santa’s Secret Mission is a light puzzle hunt created by Puzzling Hunts in Boston, MA.

Comic of Santa landing backwards on a roof. A reindeer is saying, "He's trying a sleighlink II landing."

Format

Style of Play: light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: ClueKeeper app installed on a mobile device

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: No time limit; the game recommends 2-3 hours, but our reviewers finished much more quickly

Price: $18 per team

Booking: purchase through ClueKeeper and play at your leisure

Description

This is a linear puzzle hunt delivered via the ClueKeeper app. It comes with a companion PDF that contains several common codes. To solve the puzzles, you often must refer to this PDF or to the internet for more information. When one team member solves a puzzle, all players receive the solution information.

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Mystery Mansion Regina – DTF: Drag Task Force [Hivemind Review]

DTF: Drag Task Force is an escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by Mystery Mansion Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Drag Task Force's fabulous character.

Format

Style of Play: escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, designed exclusively for remote play

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: CAD 25.00 per person plus tax ($5 from every ticket sale is donated to a local non-profit)

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

DTF: Drag Task Force has standard remote avatar gameplay, where players instruct the avatar what operations to perform and what objects to inspect. It takes place over Zoom with Telescape for the inventory. Note that the content of this game is NSFW; expect sassy adult humor.

Drag Task Force's rainbow comic book cover style art.

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Gaggle Studios – Return of the Mayan Curse [Hivemind Review]

Return of the Mayan Curse is a collaborative, multiplayer point-and-click adventure game created by Gaggle Studios.

Mayan temple exterior, a tall set of stone stairs approaching a temple entrance.

Format

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.

Description

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.

Collapsed floor inside the temple.

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Wild Hare Escapes – The Comedy of Terrors [Hivemind Review]

The Comedy of Terrors is a point-and-click adventure game created by Wild Hare Escapes.

Illustration of a theature audience going mad, a ghostly presence telling them, they are doomed.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click hosted experience, not synced across player devices

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 75 minutes

Price: $25 per player

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Using Zoom to communicate with your teammates and the gamemaster, The Comedy of Terrors functions similarly to a point-and-click adventure game made for any video gaming platform. You collect items that are automatically added to your inventory, and click and drag each item to another item in the space to use it. The interface is not synced across devices, so each teammate can simultaneously play locally, or one teammate can screenshare over Zoom for others to watch.

Illustration of the Lincoln Theatre, "The Comedy of Terrors" is showing.

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Legendary Quests – Avatar Stalker [Hivemind Review]

Update: Legendary Quests has rebranded as Project Avatar.

Avatar Stalker is an unusual avatar-led escape room livestream, designed specifically for online play, created by Legendary Quests in the Ukraine.

Utya Duck in glowing LED glasses.
Utya Duck, the escape room character that 2020 needed.

Format

Style of Play: avatar-led livestream of a physical room, but designed specifically for online play

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-6

There is also a battle mode where up to 20 players compete on opposing teams, starting in different areas, and meet in the final room where they each hope to win the most points.

Play Time: 60 minutes… and you won’t even see everything in this time

Price: 100 € for up to 4 players + 25 € additional player

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

You give instructions to a silent avatar, who will gather items, unlock locks, and sometimes [redacted] [redacted] on [redacted]. You are not escaping rather, your goal is to collect the maximum score. Oh, and you have to avoid Chickman, while helping Utya Duck.

First person view of an old building, the avatar's hands are visible along with various HUD indicators.

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