clueQuest – Print + Cut + Escape: Operation E.G.G. [Hivemind Review]

Print + Cut + Escape: Operation E.G.G. is a print-and-play escape game created by clueQuest in London, England.

Incredibly adorable puppy with a paper puzzle piece in her mouth.
Ginger The Goblin Pup is all in on chewable puzzles

Format

Style of Play:

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

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

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: ~90 minutes

Price: £15

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

First you download and print a PDF. Then you play along with a step-by-step web-based interface. The online interface accompanies the printed and cut pieces, and both work in tandem to advance the story.

Assorted printed puzzle components.

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Claustrophobia – Dream Factory [Hivemind Review]

Dream Factory is an online party game created by Claustrophobia in Moscow, Russia.

Dream Factory Communication Game title card, a star scape with a projector.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Party game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 30 or so, pretty flexible

Play Time: 2 hours

Price: $675 per session for about 30-50 people

Booking: contact Claustrophobia to book a specific time slot

Description

This is an online party game played in Zoom. It feels like Cards Against Humanity and What do you Meme with a points structure.

Players are split into different teams, each representing a different production studio in Hollywood. Each round they use their accumulated resources to create the next blockbuster film. Teams meet in Zoom breakout rooms, determine what film to make, and the regroup to each pitch their new movie. A winning team is determined after each round, and after about 5 rounds of play, an overall winner is crowned.

Genre popularity chart with an assortment of genres and their corresponding popularity levels.

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Other Tales Interactive – Tick Tock a Tale for 2 [Hivemind Review]

Tick Tock a Tale for 2 is a story-driven, point-and-click game for 2 players created by Other Tales Interactive.

A path to a well in the woods lit by lanterns.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand (i.e. purchase and play any time)
  • Point-and-click

Required Equipment: Computer, tablet, or mobile device

Recommended Team Size: 2

Play Time: There is no time limit, but probably 2-2.5 hours.

Price: $5.99 per player on Steam

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Each player plays on their own device and sees a unique version of the game world. Communication is key to fill in the blanks and solve the puzzles.

This game does not require an internet connection because the two versions are independent. You are either playing as Player 1 or Player 2 and staying in sync with each other.

An open cabinet with an assortment of tools and books.

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Escapologic – ConTRAPtion [Hivemind Review]

ConTRAPtion is a livestream, avatar-led adaptation of an in-person game, created by Escapologic in Nottingham, England.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Adaptation of an in-person game (can be played IRL)
  • Avatar controlled by the players
  • Web-based inventory system

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: £60 for two connections, more for additional connections

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

ConTRAPtion is a standard avatar-led game with an inventory system including 360 views of the room.

You’re in a steampunk-esque room proving your worth by solving the puzzles. The story setup has been adapted slightly from the in-person experience.

Avatar view: A stationary bike powering a strange contraption.

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UNLOCKED: Escape Room – The Return of the Magician [Hivemind Review]

The Return of the Magician is a real-life escape room livestreamed through an avatar, created by UNLOCKED: Escape Room in Costa Mesa, CA.

Digital interface depicts a magician.

Format

Style of Play: real-life escape room livestreamed through an avatar

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $60 for first two connections, $15 for each additional connection

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

You’re invited to a magic show by a famous magician. You’re going backstage to discover the magic behind the show.

This is a livestreamed adaptation of a real-life escape room where you play through Zoom via an avatar. There is also an inventory website (Live Stream Adventures) which allows you to do some puzzles on your screen instead of trying to get the avatar to do these for you.

Hands opening a locked trunk viewed through Zoom.

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