Escape Room LA – The Haunted Theatre [Hivemind Review]

The Haunted Theatre is a real-life escape room converted to digital play, created by Escape Room LA in Los Angeles, CA.

The Haunted Theatre title scree depicts a spectral performer in a flowy dress on stage.

Format

Style of Play: real-life escape room converted to digital play without an avatar

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $23.50 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

The Haunted Theatre is a real-life escape game translated fully into Telescape, without an avatar. It is hosted in Zoom with a live gamemaster who gives an introduction and is on standby for hints, if needed.

Players enter a view of a physical escape room and click to explore aspects of the room. Each player can independently interact with all game elements, but only one player can solve each item on behalf of the group. The format does not allow sharing of how puzzles are solved.

Backstage at the Haunted Theatre has posters and an illuminated ghost light.

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Escape the Mailbox – A Peculiar Potion [Hivemind Review]

Escape the Mailbox is a free light puzzle hunt, sent once a month to your email. A Peculiar Potion was the current game when we played. Escape the Mailbox is created by Access Escape in London, England.

Gmail in-browswer.

Format

Style of Play: very light puzzle hunt played exclusively over email

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection or a mobile device

You could play on either mobile or a laptop/ deskop because all you need is email.

Recommended Team Size: 1-2

Play Time: A Peculiar Potion takes about 10-20 minutes

Price: free

Booking: When you sign up for the game on the website, you receive a kickoff email. Replying “start” to this email gets you a new email with your first puzzle.

Description

This is a short puzzle-by-email game with interaction entirely via email. It is very short, with only four puzzles.

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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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Society of Curiosities – The Bewitched Circus [Hivemind Review]

Bewitched Circus is a light puzzle hunt created by Society of Curiosities.

One ticket to the circus.

Format

Style of Play: narrative-driven, light puzzle hunt with some ARG-style elements

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, mobile device

You need to text answers to an in-game character. You can choose to do so by regular text messages on your phone, or (for international players) you can use their online chat tool.

Recommended Team Size: 1-2

Play Time: no timer, but it took about an hour

Price: $12

Booking: purchase online and play at your leisure

Description

There is a weird circus in town with some magical and suspect behavior happening. You are the one chosen to figure out what’s going on there before the show starts. The gameplay consists of reading, inspecting photos, and sending text messages. The messaging interface leads you through a story.

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Fuzzy Logic – Playground [Hivemind Review]

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

A colorful playground environment with hopscotch and swings.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection

It helps to have multiple screens to manage splitting windows between the live feed and the inventory.

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $69.99 for small groups or $99.99 for larger groups

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

If you want to join the Super Kids Squad, you’ll need to find the hidden toys and solve the puzzles before everyone goes home! Playground is a standard avatar-game over Zoom, with a video feed from the avatar’s point of view, and a separate inventory through Trello.

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