A/Maze – The Ghost of Pointe-à-Callière [Hivemind Review]

The Ghost of Pointe-à-Callière is an online escape game that explores a real-life museum. It was created by A/Maze in Montreal, Canada.

An illustration of a puzzle involving letters plugging into one another.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Point-and-click… ish

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60-90 minutes

Price: $50 per team

Booking: fill out a form on their website to book

Description

In this game, you’re navigating through a 3D representation of the museum by either 1) clicking on an area using an overhead floor map of the museum or 2) moving around the museum in a Google Street View style.

The game tells the player what to look for, and provides puzzles to solve using the exhibit displays. This game is linear and it says so up front.

When a puzzle is solved, any team member can type it into “Mission Control” (a shared session across the team) and advance the entire team to the next puzzle.

Hivemind Review Scale

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.

Hivemind Review Scale

Enigma Escape Rooms Wakefield – Uncle Artemis [Hivemind Review]

Uncle Artemis is a point-and-click game created by Enigma Escape Rooms Wakefield in Wakefield, England.

An old study filled with antique furniture.

Format

Style of Play:

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: 1-2 hours

Price: £20

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

It’s a point-and-click puzzle game in Telescape. You have a 360-degree room photo, items you can collect, and places to input your answers.

Closeup of an old desk, with an open cabinet and a puzzle within.

Hivemind Review Scale

Clue Chase – Scarab’s Curse [Hivemind Review]

Scarab’s Curse is a web-based puzzle game created by Clue Chase in New York City.

A panoramic view of art and hieroglyphics in an ancient Egyptian tomb.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Web-based puzzle game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper, mobile device

One puzzle requires you to call a US phone number.

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: 1-2 hours

Price: $20 per team

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

This game takes place on a website where you get a bit of the plot, solve a puzzle, enter the solution and then get to the next page (and the process repeats). Sometimes you find clues for later puzzles that you need to write down because you can’t return to a page once you leave it. It does have a hint system, but no gamemaster. Be prepared to read a lot in this game.

A video crew filming in an Egyptian tomb reads, Congratulations, for finding the murderer!

Hivemind Review Scale

Durham Escape Rooms – The Golden Idol [Hivemind Review]

The Golden Idol is a light puzzle hunt game created by Durham Escape Rooms in Whitby, ON.

Durham Escape Rooms website depicts a cardboard box and a series of numbered books.

Format

Style of Play: light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: Not timed, but about 45 minutes.

Price: CAD 20 plus tax

Booking: Book online and play at your leisure.

It’s a little difficult to find this game on the booking site, and once you start, it’s not clear where the game begins. We ended up watching Durham Escape Rooms’ real life escape room rules video… which we thought was the opening of the online game… and it was hilarious… until we realized that it had nothing to do with the game that we were playing.

Description

The Golden Idol is a light online puzzle hunt with narrative elements accessed through a website. We used Zoom to collaborate.

Story, "Upon opening the book you are immediately drawn into a myriad of sketchs and random doodles. Had your friend gone mad? Or is there something more here...""

Hivemind Review Scale