Escape from the Lockdown: The Strange Village is a digital puzzle game created specifically for online play by Real Escape Games by SCRAP, based in Japan.
To learn more about SCRAP, the first escape room company, check out our interview with them from earlier this week.
Style of Play: audio-visual experience with puzzle hunt-style puzzles
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, a pen and paper is also recommended
Recommended Team Size: 2-3
Play Time: unlimited playtime; our reviewers took 1.5 – 3 hours
Price: $27 per ticket
Booking: purchase and play at your leisure
The game consists of “daily” briefing videos where players learn about the game’s characters and their actions. Keeping track of who did what is part of the game play. In between the video segments are short rounds of puzzle book-style puzzles. Everything adds to the information needed to solve the narrative metapuzzle.
Note that the game takes some time because it includes about 45+ minutes of video footage.
Pizza Makes Anything Possible is an audiovisual escape room created by Paruzal.
Style of Play: audiovisual escape room
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, somewhere to take notes
Recommended Team Size: 2-4
Play Time: approximately 60 minutes
Price: $15 per person
Booking: book online for a specific time slot
You work for a pizza restaurant and your boss wants to test you. You need to open the restaurant in time for the first guests to arrive. Can you survive this pressure test?
This is an audiovisual escape room. This game is played in a space made up of two-dimensional illustration with and a gamemaster narrating. The illustrations are simple, and all clues come from the player asking the gamemaster for additional details. You give verbal commands to try ideas and see what works.
The Curse of Amberly Manor is a point-and-click adventure game created by RC Escape Rooms in the UK.
Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection
Recommended Team Size: 2-3
This game requires at least 2 players on two different devices. It cannot be played solo. It’s best played on a video call.
Play Time: 60 minutes
Price: £12.49 ($16.39 USD) per team
Booking: purchase the game and play at your leisure
This is a standard LucasArts-style point-and-click adventure game. Each player can individually explore the room that the group is in, but when one player solves a puzzle, all connections stay in sync with the solution. When one player exits the room, all players exit together.
Escape Room in a Box: The Walking Dead is a tabletop escape game created by Mattel.
Style of Play: tabletop escape game
Required Equipment: pen and paper
Note: You’ll need a computer and printer to reset the game for another user.
Recommended Team Size: 1-3
Play Time: 90 minutes. The timer is only relevant if you want it to be.
Price: about $30
This is a tabletop escape game in the same vein as previous Escape Room in a Box installments. You solve mostly paper puzzles, open real (plastic) locks, and repeat until there are no more puzzles. It is more about the puzzles than the story.