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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My Escape Room Party – The Disappearance of Mr. George [Hivemind Review]

The Disappearance of Mr. George is a print-and-play escape game created by My Escape Room Party, based in Minnesota.

The printed kit for The Disappearance of Mr George, a pen, and scissors.

Format

Style of Play: print-and-play escape game

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

The computer is for purchasing the file, printing it, and viewing the intro video and hints.

Many of the pages had a dark background. Not only did it take a lot of ink to print, but you couldn’t easily write on some of the pages due to the black background.

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: 60 minutes, but our reviewers all finished in significantly less time

Price: $24.95

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Mr. George is missing, and you’re provided with a set of printed clues for 10 puzzles. Print out the 12-page kit and gather pen, paper and scissors. The puzzles can be done in parallel, and each contributes to a final meta-puzzle. The intro video and hint system are online.

Note that this game can also be used to host an escape room party. To use the game in this way, you hide the clues throughout a room, possibly taking inspiration from the artwork to add props and/ or integrate the puzzles more tightly with the environment

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Fuzzy Logic – Concert Quest [Hivemind Review]

Concert Quest is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by Fuzzy Logic in Downers Grove, IL.

Jayson from Fuzzy Logic holding up a pair of backstage passes.

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 minutes

Price: $99 per team

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is a Zoom live-streamed avatar-led game in which you’re trying to earn back-stage passes to your favorite rock star’s final concert. You search a simple set and store clues in a Telescape inventory system that also houses a 360-degree view of the room.

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