Agent Venture – The Heist [Hivemind Review]

The Heist is a digital escape game, designed for livestream play, created by Agent Venture in London, The United Kingdom.

Theresa, Richard, Matthew, and Kathryn in Zoom with Dispatch.

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: $13.75 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

The Heist is an audio roleplaying escape game with defined player roles, verbal NPC interaction, and extensive digital interactions. It is played over livestream. Communication and information sharing are keys to success. Interactions with the performer are all verbal and solving puzzles takes place through Zoom and PDFs.

A terminal screen

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Exit Productions – Jury Duty [Hivemind Review]

Jury Duty is an online immersive game created by Exit Productions in the United Kingdom.

Remote Jury Service brief in the case of R v Briggs. The jurors are on Zoom.

Format

Style of Play: cooperative online immersive game featuring investigation, interrogation, and a little bit of puzzling; includes a live actor.

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection and a mobile device

You’ll want to have your phone and email account readily available during the game. Turn on your wifi calling if you’re outside of the UK; you’ll get phone calls from a UK number.

You will need to unzip files and read PDFs easily, as well as edit a Google Doc.

Recommended Team Size: This functions as an actual jury, so 12 people is ideal.

Play Time: about 2 hours

Price: £16.76 per person

Booking: Book online for a specific time slot.

Description

Due to quarantine, the government has started a program to keep the courts running through Zoom. We were the first group of jurors to serve in this new manner. We had to review evidence and interview the accused to ascertain the truth.

A slide from the Ministry of Justice explaining this new, cost-effectve trial method.

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Escape New Haven – Escape.Anywhere: Before Moonrise [Hivemind Review]

Escape.Anywhere: Before Moonrise is a real-life escape room livestreamed through an avatar, created by Escape New Haven in New Haven, CT.

A pair of hands in black latex gloves manipulating an old rotary phone.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $89 for the entire group (online playthrough)

Booking: Book online for a specific time slot. Note, Escape New Haven is now offering both in-person and online playthroughs of this game.

This escape room has the option for a “regular” mode or a “hard” mode, which adds a couple of additional puzzles.

Description

This is played over Zoom. The gamemaster shows you around the room via a camera. Photos of things you notice in the room appear in your web inventory for reference.

A black gloved hand pointing at a door inside of a cabin.

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