Present Quest [Hivemind Review]

Present Quest is a free text-based puzzle adventure created by Errol Elumir of the Room Escape Divas for Adventuron’s Christmas Game Jam.

Text adventure: Pixel art kitchen depicts your character's wife and the plate of eggs she made for you.

Format

Style of Play: text-based puzzle adventure

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-2

Play Time: about an hour

Price: free

Booking: click to play at your leisure

Description

This is a narrative- and character-focused text adventure game with supplemental pixel art.

Note that there is a content warning at the onset, so that you can understand if this game is right for you.

Text adventure: depicts your bedroom and tutorial.

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Codebreakers – #MISSING [Hivemind Review]

#MISSING is a light puzzle hunt created by Codebreakers in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Image on Facebook of a woman from behind, a grid of numbers tattooed between her shoulder blades.

Format

Style of Play: light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection and a mobile device

Facebook and Instagram are required. You will also need to call an international number (+44); our reviewers used WhatsApp.

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: There is no time limit, but probably about 60 – 90 minutes.

Price: NZ$ 20.00 per team

Booking: purchase the game and play at your leisure

Description

This is a puzzle hunt-style game that requires you to interact with multimedia clues (email, Facebook, audio clips, video, etc.) to find clues about a missing woman.

You can play alone or you can set up a Zoom or similar videoconference to play with friends using a screen share. If you screen share, we suggest each player also plays along on their own screen.

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Paruzal – Pizza Makes Anything Possible [Hivemind Review]

Pizza Makes Anything Possible is an audiovisual escape room created by Paruzal.

Illustrated title art for Pizza Makes Anything possible contains pizza, locks and crayons.

Format

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

Description

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.

Illustration of an empty green room. The walls are all labeled with the name of a different shade of green.

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Escape the Mailbox – A Peculiar Potion [Hivemind Review]

Escape the Mailbox is a free light puzzle hunt, sent once a month to your email. A Peculiar Potion was the current game when we played. Escape the Mailbox is created by Access Escape in London, England.

Gmail in-browswer.

Format

Style of Play: very light puzzle hunt played exclusively over email

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection or a mobile device

You could play on either mobile or a laptop/ deskop because all you need is email.

Recommended Team Size: 1-2

Play Time: A Peculiar Potion takes about 10-20 minutes

Price: free

Booking: When you sign up for the game on the website, you receive a kickoff email. Replying “start” to this email gets you a new email with your first puzzle.

Description

This is a short puzzle-by-email game with interaction entirely via email. It is very short, with only four puzzles.

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Improbable Escapes – The Hot Chocolate Incident [Hivemind Review]

The Hot Chocolate Incident is a digital avatar-led escape game, designed for livestream play, created by Improbable Escapes in Kingston, ON.

Santa sitting beside a Christmas tree reading.

Format

Style of Play: digital avatar-led escape game, designed for livestream play

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

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $25 CAD per player, plus tax.

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

The Hot Chocolate Incident is an avatar-led game hosted in Zoom with a separate website interface for maps, close-up photos, and helpful diagrams. The avatar interacts with a physical space, but the game was designed specifically for online play.

You’ve been recruited to help Jingles the Elf (your in-room avatar) help save Christmas by remotely solving puzzles in Santa’s Workshop.

The control console fo Santa's sleigh.

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