The Escape Game – 49ers Unlocked [Hivemind Review]

49ers Unlocked is a point-and-click adventure game created by The Escape Game in collaboration with the San Francisco 49ers.

Jerry Rice on video call.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, mobile device

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: No time limit, and progress saves, so you can log out and resume later. Our reviewers took about 20-40 minutes.

Price: $10 per team

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

49ers Unlocked was a point-and-click escape game set in the San Francisco 49ers Stadium. The team’s Lombardi trophies had gone missing and Jerry Rice needed us to find them.

This is web-based game, with video instructions and a graduated hint system. Everything you need to know to solve the puzzles can be found within the game, but outside knowledge of the 49ers will help you solve more quickly.

Point & click interface for 49ers Unlocked. It is in red, gold, white, and black and depicts the team's stadium.

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Lockdown Paphos – Space Station Online Adventure [Hivemind Review]

Space Station Online Adventure is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by Lockdown Paphos in Paphos, Cyprus.

An astronaut wearing an alien hat.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-6

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: €80 for up to 6 connections

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Space Station Online Adventure was a standard live-streamed escape game with an in-character avatar and no external inventory. The avatar was unusually engaging and enjoyable.

Console on a space station viewed through Zoom.

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Palace Games – The Sapphire Palace [Hivemind Review]

The Sapphire Palace is a point-and-click adventure game created by Palace Games in San Francisco, CA.

Overhead view of a boiler room in a digital interface.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper also recommended

Recommended Team Size: 4

Play Time: 90-120 minutes (but our group solved a bit more quickly)

Price: $20 per player

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

You log into a web environment where you navigate through a series of collaborative puzzles. Each teammate typically works on one part of a collaborative solve. A little circle always shows you what the other players are currently looking at.

If you’re in different households, you should connect with your teammates through Zoom, Discord, or another video conferencing platform. If you’re in the same household, each player will need their own computer.

Digital interface reads, "Previous, our intrepid heroes cracked the mysteries of the Ruby Palace and claimed their crimson reward."

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ParadigmQ – SOS: Sasquatch on Site [Hivemind Review]

SOS: Sasquatch on Site is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by ParadigmQ in Vancouver, WA.

View of a snow-covered mountain through a window.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $125 per team

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

In this research cabin, it’s up to you to gather all the evidence to finally prove the existence of Sasquatch.

This is an avatar-led escape game in Zoom with a Telescape inventory system.

An outdoorsman with a sasquatch evidence board.

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Immersia – The Grand Immersia Hotel [Hivemind Review]

The Grand Immersia Hotel is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by Immersia in Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada.

Room Escape Artist reviewed the real-life version of this game in March of 2020 and awarded it a 2020 Golden Lock Award. This is a review of the online adaptation.

A beautiful hotel lobby.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: 99.96 CAD for group of 4 / 24.99 CAD each additional connection

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is an avatar-led game that takes you through multiple spaces in the soon-to-open Grand Immersia Hotel. It combined Zoom with a standard inventory system in Telescape.

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