Amazon Prime Video – Panic The Experience [Hivemind Review]

Panic The Experience is an online game created by Swamp Motel to promote the Amazon Prime show Panic.

A woman viewed through a camera on video chat.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Video-based experience
  • Web-based inventory system
  • Light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 30-60 minutes

Price: free

Booking: book online for a specific time slot (but this experience is no longer running)

Description

Players join a video meeting as volunteers helping to find a missing high school student. From that starting point, players must solve puzzles to find more information, moving the story along until the student is located.

Closeup of finger inputting a combination into a padlock.

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Morpheus – Manor of Lies [Hivemind Review]

Manor of Lies is an audio role-playing game created by Morpheus, based in the UK.

In-game: A completely black image with nothing visible.
First person view

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Audio game
  • Interactive NPCs
  • Immersive theater

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection, blindfold, and headphones (preferred)

Recommended Team Size: 3-6

Play Time: about 2 hours

Price: £39 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Manor of Lies is a fully audio game. Players are asked to wear a blindfold and headphones for full immersion as they play a dice-free role-playing game. This game focuses more on investigation and interrogation of NPCs.

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Mystery Mansion Regina – Sleepy Man [Hivemind Review]

Sleepy Man is an avatar-led, livestreamed escape room, created by Mystery Mansion Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is the final installment of an online escape room trilogy.

Dark screen reads, "Enter my nightmare. I am waiting to devour you."

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Avatar controlled by the players
  • Web-based inventory system
  • Includes video segments
  • Interactive NPCs

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

If you can have a full monitor for Zoom and a full monitor for Telescape that would be ideal for this game. Headphones will also make it even more immersive.

Recommended Team Size: 3-6

Play Time: 90 minutes

Price: $25 CAD + tax per player (4 player minimum)

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is a standard avatar-led remote escape room, with Telescape for inventory viewing and interaction. It includes well-produced video segments that further the narrative and provoke amazement.

Sleepy Man concluded a trilogy, so you need to play Night Terrors and D’Vile’s Curio Shoppe first.

Closeup image of an eye.

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Stitch Media – Flow Weaver [Hivemind Review]

Flow Weaver is a narrative-driven adventure game in VR with puzzles, created by Stitch Media.

Flow Weaver title art, set in a 3D rendered VR world.

Format

Style of Play:

  • VR
  • Play on demand

Required Equipment: VR headset – It’s only available to be played on Oculus headsets (Rift, Quest).

Recommended Team Size: 1

Play Time: about 3 hours

Price: $19.99

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Flow Weaver is a narrative-driven adventure game with puzzles. This is a seated VR game (no actual walking around the space.) You can pick up objects, examine objects, place objects to solve puzzles, teleport, observe the environment, and watch cutscenes.

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David Kwong’s Enigmas [Hivemind Review]

Enigmas is a puzzle hunt produced by David Kwong, Dave Shukan & Chris Chelko.

The ace of spaces from David Kwong's Enigmas deck.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Play on demand
  • Puzzle hunt
  • Print-and-play

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: There’s no game clock. Expect upwards of 30 hours play time.

Price: $18

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

This deck of cards has embedded puzzles that lead you to an online web portal, where you can download a pdf of a much longer puzzle hunt.

The puzzle hunt consists of 8 self-contained puzzles and 1 metapuzzle. Each puzzle comes with a brief enigmatic explanation of what to do with a provided set of clues, diagrams, and/ or pictures. The explanation isn’t complete on its own, though; you must either analyze the information and deduce the full set of instructions yourself or consult the extensive set of hints. Indeed, you are encouraged to use hints liberally. Each puzzle yields a word or phrase that you enter into the website for verification.

The elegant blue and grey box art for David Kwong's Enigmas deck.

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