Neon Dreams Mystery [Hivemind Review]

Neon Dreams Mystery is an ARG-style puzzle game.

Purple code falling vertically, with the words, "Let's Go" written in the middle.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Light puzzle hunt
  • Includes video-based elements

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, mobile device

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 2-3 hours

Price: $80 per team

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

You are assigned a mission and given a briefing via pre-recorded video. Your task involves figuring out how a set of mysterious deaths might be related, and you explore websites, hack email, and send live operatives to collect the information you need.

This is an ARG-esque game, so you’ll need to browse through different websites, text/ phone characters, or sent emails.

An agent named Briggs, briefing the team over Zoom.

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Ukiyo – The Sound of Spring: A Crumbling Prince Tale [Hivemind Review]

The Sound of Spring: A Crumbling Prince Tale is a free text adventure created by Ukiyo in Melbourne, Australia.

Water color of an unusual character named Tom-Tom

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Text adventure

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 30-45 minutes

Price: free

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Your band of 2-4 characters is on a quest to end the Long Winter. You each possess unique characteristics that enable you to interact with the environment and its inhabitants in different ways. You explore the world by reading text passages and choosing among a set of predetermined options to interact with it. More choices become available as you and your companions discover new information.

Watercolor of a branch of cherry blossoms.

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Akai Team Company – Escape of The Curse of The Museum [Hivemind Review]

Escape of The Curse of The Museum is an online puzzle game with live audio narration created by Akai Team Company.

In-game entry with a keyboard, and some images.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Web-based inventory system

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: €49 per team

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

You play on a website. There’s also a gamemaster on a Google Meet. The gamemaster lets you explore new parts of the museum as you unlock doors on the website.

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Omescape – Detective Mimo [Hivemind Review]

Detective Mimo is a point-and-click mobile app game created by Omescape.

Detective Mimo cover art depicts an anthropomorphized cat police officer standing beside a desk.

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: Mobile device

Recommended Team Size: 1

Play Time: This is an untimed game. Expect about 2-4 hours of play time.

Price: $2.99

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Detective Mimo is a single-player, point-and-click game available on iOS (iphone or ipad) and Android.

You must guide Detective Mimo to do cat-detective-y things in pursuit of the mysterious Cat Rogue. As in typical point-and-click games, you interact with characters and objects to gather information and progress through the game.

A cap police officer looking at her reflection in her computer monitor.

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Virtual Escaping – Detention [Hivemind Review]

Detention is a collaborative point-and-click escape game created by Virtual Escaping.

3D rendering of an old, rundown office in a school.

Format

Style of Play:

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

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: 60-90 minutes

Price: $40

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Detention is a point-and-click game with built-in video chat, allowing for team members to collaborate via a browser-based system. Players solve puzzles by searching, using inventory items, and opening locks.

You can choose to play without a timer or challenge the clock. You also have the option of playing an easy or expert level game.

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