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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Virtual Escape Games — REC: Escape the 80’s Workout VHS [Hivemind Review]

REC: Escape the 80’s Workout VHS is a light puzzle game with a live game host, created by Virtual Escape Games.

An old CRT television introducing Escape the 80s workout vhs.The TV is flanked by mirrored images of a guy holding a dumbell.

Format

Style of Play: light puzzle game with a live game host

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, also a pen and paper may be helpful

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: free for teams of friends and families at the regularly scheduled times on the website, with optional tipping. Bookings outside of those times, or for corporate groups, is $10-20/ per person.

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is a light puzzle hunt with a gamemaster verifying answers and giving hints. You play via Zoom and a separate website (Telescape) that contains all the puzzles, representing different workout rooms. Your team is advised to work together even though you could split up and each take a different puzzle. The gamemaster is there to “make it more interactive,” as the creator explained.

This game can handle multiple groups of 6 playing at the same time. Each group will play in a separate Zoom breakout room and you are only all together at the very beginning.

A pasel illustration of a gym.

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Legendary Quests – Avatar Stalker [Hivemind Review]

Update: Legendary Quests has rebranded as Project Avatar.

Avatar Stalker is an unusual avatar-led escape room livestream, designed specifically for online play, created by Legendary Quests in the Ukraine.

Utya Duck in glowing LED glasses.
Utya Duck, the escape room character that 2020 needed.

Format

Style of Play: avatar-led livestream of a physical room, but designed specifically for online play

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-6

There is also a battle mode where up to 20 players compete on opposing teams, starting in different areas, and meet in the final room where they each hope to win the most points.

Play Time: 60 minutes… and you won’t even see everything in this time

Price: 100 € for up to 4 players + 25 € additional player

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

You give instructions to a silent avatar, who will gather items, unlock locks, and sometimes [redacted] [redacted] on [redacted]. You are not escaping rather, your goal is to collect the maximum score. Oh, and you have to avoid Chickman, while helping Utya Duck.

First person view of an old building, the avatar's hands are visible along with various HUD indicators.

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60out – Miss Jezebel Online [Hivemind Review]

Miss Jezebel (Online) is a real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, created by 60out in Los Angeles, CA.

Room Escape Artist writer Sarah Willson reviewed the real-life version of this game in August of 2019. This is a review of the online adaptation.

Miss Jezebel looking handsome over zoom.

Format

Style of Play: real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar, with a large immersive theater component

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection, mobile device

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $45 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is an 18+ game played with 2 actors. Some of the props in the room will be sex toys and fetish gear. Many of the jokes are sexual innuendos. Miss Jezebel is usually played by a man in drag.

One actor is Miss Jezebel, the other is the detective, who is also the cameraman and your avatar. This is an interaction-heavy game; part of the experience is bantering with Miss Jezebel. The detective will interact with her himself, but he will also ask you what to say, or you can direct him to say or do anything (within reason). Part of the game is “social engineering” Miss Jezebel to either get information from her, distract her, or accomplish some other goal. Get into character and get really involved to get the most out of this experience.

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Secret Library [Hivemind Review]

Secret Library is a digital immersive mystery.

A few teammates interacting with actors in the game world.

Format

Style of Play: digital immersive mystery

Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection, and a smartphone will come in handy for some portions of the game.

Sign on early and be a little patient as you get a sense of the technology and flow of the experience. It is actually quite simple to interact with, but it’s different from just about every other video conferencing system, so it requires some adjustment.

Recommended Team Size: This is a public-ticketed show that supports around 60 connections (devices). Because you are part of an interactive audience, you can experience this solo, or with a large group of people all booking into the same showing. We recommend only 1-2 people per connection.

Given the size of the digital environment and the number of characters, Secret Library was legitimately designed to work properly with groups ranging from about 20-60 people.

Play Time: 100 minutes

Price: $35 per connection

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

Secret Library was a large-scale immersive mystery. It blended elements of escape rooms with immersive theater. There are approximately 10 characters to interact with and a clickable map that changes which video conference room you’re occupying. We had to work with the characters to accomplish a series of missions and ultimately solve a greater mystery.

A character talking through video with a chat window open.

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