Escape One Algarve – The Laboratory (Virtual) [Hivemind Review]

The Laboratory (Virtual) is a real-life escape room converted to digital play, created by Escape One Algarve in Portimão, Portugal.

Title art for the game depicts a a mad scientist

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60-90 minutes

Price: €20.00

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

In this, the virtual format, The Laboratory was a point-and-click game played in Telescape.

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Present Quest [Hivemind Review]

Present Quest is a free text-based puzzle adventure created by Errol Elumir of the Room Escape Divas for Adventuron’s Christmas Game Jam.

Text adventure: Pixel art kitchen depicts your character's wife and the plate of eggs she made for you.

Format

Style of Play: text-based puzzle adventure

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-2

Play Time: about an hour

Price: free

Booking: click to play at your leisure

Description

This is a narrative- and character-focused text adventure game with supplemental pixel art.

Note that there is a content warning at the onset, so that you can understand if this game is right for you.

Text adventure: depicts your bedroom and tutorial.

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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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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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