Trapped Puzzle Rooms – The Spielburger Box Set [Hivemind Review]

The Spielburger Box Set is a tabletop escape game created by Trapped Puzzle Rooms in St. Paul, MN.

An assortment of parody DVD boxes beside a bowl of popcorn including, "The Boonies" "Indiana Bones," and "Mandibles."

Format

Style of Play:

  • tabletop escape game
  • play on demand
  • includes video elements
  • light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection (or mobile device), pen and paper, scissors, tape

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: 3-6 hours

Price: $45.95

Booking: purchase, wait for the game to ship to you, and play at your leisure

Description

This game is a set of puzzles based on punny knock-offs of Steven Spielberg movies. Each of the 5 chapters (movies) has two paper puzzles whose answers you validate via a website. You will go back and forth between the puzzles in the box and the website. You can play the 5 game chapters in any order. There is a short series of meta-puzzles at the end.

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Exit: The Game – The Enchanted Forest [Hivemind Review]

The Enchanted Forest is a tabletop escape game created by Exit: The Game.

Exit The Game - The Enchanted Forest box art depicts a living tree reaching out for a frog prince.

Format

Style of Play: tabletop escape game

Required Equipment: scissors, pen & paper

No digital components needed! Unplug and play.

Recommended Team Size: 2-3

Play Time: 1-2 hours

Price: about $15

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

This game used the standard format for novice Exit: The Game installments. You have access to a puzzle book, clue cards, various “strange items,” and a decoder wheel for entering the solutions to puzzles. In the novice games like this one, the puzzle book walks you through one puzzle at a time. As in all Exit: The Game installments, you must embrace destroying various parts of the game to solve some of the puzzles.

Assorted box elements include a deck of cards, an image that looks like it's from a fairy tale, a decoder wheel, a glowing red maple leaf, and a card with the box art labeled, "Once upon a time..."
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escape.exe – The Butterfly Effect [Hivemind Review]

The Butterfly Effect is a point-and-click game created by escape.exe.

An elaborate hall with an invite letter labeled, "You have accepted our invitation."

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on-demand
  • Point-and-click

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen & paper

Recommended Team Size: 1-2

Play Time: unlimited, plan on 1.5-2 hours

Price: $10

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

You are trapped in an art gallery that consists of several rows of paintings. You navigate the gallery using a set of directional buttons, which takes you from painting to painting or from row to row. You can click an “interact” button to interact with some paintings and other objects. When you find clues, you must figure out where and how to enter the information. If you are correct, you trigger various changes in the environment.

You need to play this in one session since it does not save progress. Also, there is no hint system. If you are stuck, you are stuck.

An art gallery like space with installations on walls throughout.

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E-Scape Rooms – The Alp [Hivemind Review]

The Alp is an online point-and-click game, presented in Telescape, created by E-Scape Rooms in the UK.

A grim medical examiner's office.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Web-based inventory system
  • Point-and-click
  • Includes video segments

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper, scissors

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: about 60 minutes

Price: 14.99 GBP for up to 12 players

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

You are trying to help the narrator escape a series of bad dreams that have had dire effects on his life thus far.

You use a Telescape interface that provides a 360-degree view of an environment with interactive hotspots that reveal more information, inventory items, and/ or mechanisms for entering codes. After you escape each “room,” you earn another video clip that furthers the story.

If you’re playing remotely with others, you’ll need a communication solution to chat with your teammates.

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Enigmarium – Sensperience [Hivemind Review]

Sensperience is an audio game created by Enigmarium in Slovenia.

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

Format

Style of Play:

  • Adaptation of an in-person game (can be played IRL)
  • Audio game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, blindfold or sleep mask, headphones

Recommended Team Size: 3-5

Play Time: 90 minutes

Price: €90 per team

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Sensperience was an audio-only experience akin to tabletop roleplaying. Our host told us about our environment, we spoke our actions into existence, and the host explained what happened as a result. Accompanying voice performance and audio effects added to the immersion.

In this experience we were each playing as ourselves, and the host referred to each of us by name.

The recommended blindfold and headphones significantly added to the immersion and overall experience.

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