Bewilder Box – B.R.U.C.E. Saves Christmas [Hivemind Review]

B.R.U.C.E. Saves Christmas is a point-and-click adventure game created by Bewilder Box in Brighton, England.

BRUCE Saves Christmas title art with a decorated fireplace.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: Listed as approximately 60-90 minutes, but no limit. Our reviewers played significantly faster.

Price: £20 per team

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

This is a Christmas-themed multiplayer point-and-click game with video clip cutscenes. When one player solves a puzzle, it is solved for all players. Due to the collaborative nature of the design, each player needs their own device and this game cannot be played solo.

The robot BRUCE in a wintery log cabin ready for point & click fun.

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Agent Venture – Mission Three: B.A.D Side of the Moon [Hivemind Review]

Mission Three: B.A.D Side of the Moon is a digital escape game, designed for livestream play, created by Agent Venture in London, England.

Illustration of "Control" or spy dispatcher.

Format

Style of Play: digital escape game with audio roleplaying, designed for livestream play

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 4-5

Play Time: 60-90 minutes

Price: tickets range from £10.00 – £14.00 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Mission Three: B.A.D Side of the Moon is an audio roleplaying escape game with defined player roles, verbal NPC interaction, and extensive digital interactions. It is played over Zoom. Communication and information sharing are keys to success. Interactions with the performer are all verbal and solving puzzles takes place through Zoom, websites, Google Sheets, and PDFs.

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Daydream Adventures – The Witch’s Forest [Hivemind Review]

The Witch’s Forest is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by Daydream Adventures in Toronto, ON.

Intro screen for The Witch's Forest, a Virtual Experience. Depicts a colorful magical forest.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minute game clock

Price: $110 CAD for four players plus $15 CAD per additional player (plus tax)

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is a standard avatar-led escape game through a forest setting. Video vignettes are sprinkled in throughout to advance the story.

The witch’s home had been intruded by humans who’d left all their trash. We had to help the witch bring everything in her home back to normal and then cast a spell on those rude intruders.

A clock and a mirror hanging from a tree.

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Logic Locks – The Amsterdam Catacombs Online [Hivemind Review]

The Amsterdam Catacombs Online is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by Logic Locks in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Room Escape Artist has a review of The Amsterdam Catacombs in its original format from June 2018. It won a 2018 Golden Lock Award.

This is a review of the digital adaptation of the same game.

Exterior of the Posthoorn church at Haarlemmerstraat.

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: 90 minutes

Price: €140 per team ($165)

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

You’re helping out a journalist who has read a lot about the catacombs beneath this one church. He wants to see it for himself, but locked doors hinder him. You help him out via stream, but then you figure out the demonic secrets of those catacombs.

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60out – Orion’s Ridiculous Revenge [Hivemind Review]

Orion’s Ridiculous Revenge is a point-and-click adventure game, integrated with other game mechanics, created by 60out in Los Angeles, CA.

Orion the cat facing off against a rooster in Pokemon style battle.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game that draws on puzzle hunt, scavenger hunt, and other mechanics

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, mobile device

At one point, the game requires that you text a US number, but international players can also use Whatsapp.

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 Minutes

Price: $15 per player

Booking: book for a specific time slot

60out can run more than one group at a time in different Zoom breakout rooms. If you’re interested in playing with a large group, you can all play in the same time slot, but in different groups (breakout rooms).

Description

Orion’s Ridiculous Revenge was a point-and-click escape game set in the insane world of Miss Jezebel. You play Miss Jezebel’s cat and see the world from a cat perspective. Miss Jezebel has a mysterious “friend” over who’s up to no good. It’s up to you to come up with a purr-fect plan to save everybody.

It was functionally fairly simple, but the magic was in the humor and some less-than-usual team interactions. Note that the humor is adult and vulgar.

50 Shades of Earl Grey tea packaging.

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