Mojec Hyper Industries – Dracula’s New Friends [Hivemind Review]

Dracula’s New Friends is a live-hosted point-and-click game created by Mojec Hyper Industries.

Illustration of a grand study with large statues and an animal pelt rug.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Point-and-click within Telescape
  • Interactive NPCs

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 65 minutes

Price: $25 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Dracula’s New Friends combines point-and-click gameplay (run within the Telescape game engine) and live interaction with characters through Zoom. There are numerous puzzles and activities that allow you to advance from location to location in a version of the classic vampire story.

Host character with an illustrated live background of a chair.

Paradox Games – Cyber Crime Unit [Hivemind Review]

Cyber Crime Unit is a collaborative, ARG-style, puzzle/ detective game created by Paradox Games.

Cyber Crime Unit web page welcome's Forensic Agents.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, mobile device, and access to email and Facebook

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: no timer, probably less than an hour

Price: $19.99 per team

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

You’re working at a Cyber Crime Unit and there has been a murder at a suspicious company. You have to figure out who the killer is and what their motives were.

This is a website-based game where you look at pictures and different websites, send emails, make a phone call, etc. Once you solve a puzzle, you input the solution on the website to get more information.

All players log into a shared link. Whoever purchases the game is automatically assigned as the detective. The other players are forensic investigators. Players will have different information appear on the screen and will need to communicate to effectively solve together.

Teams need to set up their own communication (via Zoom or any other platform).

A menu evidence to examine, including fingerprint identifier, frequency decoder, and UV blood tracker.

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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