Enchanted Realms is an actor-driven scavenger hunt created for families by Farmington Underground in Farmington, ME.
Style of Play:
Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
Interactive NPCs (actors in Zoom rooms)
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection and lots of random items from around your house, including from the kitchen
Recommended Team Size: You can play with any size family/ household. This experience is designed for families with children.
Play Time: standard ticket is 1.5 hours, VIP tickets is 2.5 hours
Price: $35 per household for a standard ticket, $55 per household for VIP experience
Booking: This show runs again on April 10, 2020.
This game is more of a scavenger hunt than an escape room experience. Your mission is to solve a who/ where/ how mystery by gathering information from various storybook characters. To earn information from a character, you first watch a pre-recorded video of the character explaining a task for you to complete. When you complete the task, you dial up the character on a live, personal Zoom call and present your solution. If the character approves of your solution, they give you a piece of information for the meta-mystery and then send you on a second quest.
Each quest is a simple STEAM activity that uses materials from around your house. These activities cover a range of interests and skills, from dancing to building to cooking. Each activity also comes with differentiation options that let participants choose their challenge level. However, there are very few “correct” answers in this game; it’s mostly about completion.
The game mentions that you’ll need common household objects. Players should rest assured that there are no specific items that are required. You will be able to complete the tasks as long as you have objects in your house.
Sherlock Holmes: An Online Adventure – The Case of the Hung Parliament is a digital theatrical game, designed for digital play, created by Les Enfants Terribles in London, England.
Style of Play: digital theatrical game, designed for digital play, combining point-and-click adventure game, audio-visual experience, and Zoom
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection
Multiple screens were helpful during this experience. We also recommend the use of google drive to coordinate intelligence among team members.
Recommended Team Size: 4-6
Play Time: 80 minutes
Price: £15 per person / £90 for a private group of up 6 people
Booking: book online for a specific time slot
We were hosted live by Watson over Zoom, then let loose in a series 360-degree photos of crime scenes. We had to discover clues, interpret their meaning, and determine the suspect, their methods, and their motivations. This was not an escape game. Also, web searching and outside knowledge are encouraged.
49ers Unlocked is a point-and-click adventure game created by The Escape Game in collaboration with the San Francisco 49ers.
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
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.
The Sapphire Palace is a point-and-click adventure game created by Palace Games in San Francisco, CA.
Style of Play: point-and-click adventure
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper also recommended
Recommended Team Size: 4
Play Time: 90-120 minutes (but our group solved a bit more quickly)
Price: $20 per player
Booking: purchase and play at your leisure
You log into a web environment where you navigate through a series of collaborative puzzles. Each teammate typically works on one part of a collaborative solve. A little circle always shows you what the other players are currently looking at.
If you’re in different households, you should connect with your teammates through Zoom, Discord, or another video conferencing platform. If you’re in the same household, each player will need their own computer.