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...""

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Colorado Gold Rush Puzzle Challenge [Hivemind Review]

Colorado Gold Rush Puzzle Challenge is a free light puzzle hunt game created by a group of escape room companies in and around Denver, CO.

Illustration of a cryptex over the entrance to a mine.

Format

Style of Play: light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: no time limit, expect to spend about 90 minutes

Price: free

Booking: go to the website and start playing

You must complete Colorado Gold Rush Puzzle Challenge by August 31st to win the prize: exclusive discounts at participating escape room companies.

Description

Each of 10 escape room companies created a puzzle around the Colorado Gold Rush theme. Solving each puzzle yielded a word or phrase. Once you had all 10 solutions, you entered them into a final submission.

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Reality Break Escapes – Mystery of the Missing Mare [Hivemind Review]

Mystery of the Missing Mare is a digital puzzle game created by Reality Break Escapes in Bellevue, WA.

Art of horses in various places that people take horses.

Format

Style of Play: light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: mobile device with ClueKeeper installed, a printer, and scissors

Recommended Team Size: 1-2

Play Time: listed as about an hour, but likely substantially less for experienced players

Price: $29.99 per team

Booking: purchase from ClueKeeper, download, print, and play

Description

This game is contained in a printed packet and played in conjunction with the (free) ClueKeeper app. When you solve a puzzle, you enter the answer in ClueKeeper. There is a light narrative, with several puzzles that give you clues towards solving a mystery.

An image of a tavern puzzle cut up inito pieces.

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Puzzle Break – The Grimm Escape [Hivemind Review]

The Grimm Escape is a digital adaptation of a real-life escape game created by Puzzle Break in Seattle, WA.

Room Escape Artist has a review of The Grimm Escape in its original real-life format from July 2016. This is a review of the digital adaptation of the same game.

A Zoom call with a shared screen that explains, "Show/tell your answers to your fairy godparent."

Format

Style of Play: light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, recommended equipment includes pen and paper and maybe a printer.

The game had some printable materials, but could easily be played without a printer.

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $25 per player with a $75 game minimum

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

In this digital form, The Grimm Escape was a light puzzle hunt: a collection of puzzles that culminated in a meta puzzle. It was presented as a digital book with a gamemaster there to keep the game on the rails.

The book/ PDF setup.

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Mystery Motel Murcia – A World of Magic [Hivemind Review]

A World of Magic is an escape game played through an avatar, created by Mystery Motel Murcia in Murcia, Spain.

Hands of a detective holding magnifying glass on a table set with mysterious objects.

Format

Style of Play: escape room designed specifically to be played virtually through an avatar

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 45 minutes

Price: €25-45 depending on the number of devices

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

In A World of Magic, you connect through Zoom and direct the gamemaster / avatar to explore the room and manipulate objects on your behalf to solve the puzzles.

A sealed box on a table surrounded by magical props.

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