Mission Three: B.A.D Side of the Moon is a digital escape game, designed for livestream play, created by Agent Venture in London, England.
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: tickets range from £10.00 – £14.00 per person
Booking: book online for a specific time slot
Mission Three: B.A.D Side of the Moon is an audio roleplaying escape game with defined player roles, verbal NPC interaction, and extensive digital interactions. It is played over Zoom. Communication and information sharing are keys to success. Interactions with the performer are all verbal and solving puzzles takes place through Zoom, websites, Google Sheets, and PDFs.
Eschaton is a virtual nightclub and immersive experience that includes a light puzzle hunt.
Style of Play: an audio-visual experience that includes a light puzzle hunt
Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection
If you plan to solve the puzzles, you’ll want a way to take notes and maybe a Google Sheet to keep organized.
Recommended Team Size: 1-2 people per connection
Play Time: 1 hour per visit
Price: $15 per connection (prices go up for holiday events)
Booking: book online for a specific Saturday night performance
When Eschaton opens, its website provides you with a Zoom link. From the Zoom link, you learn how to get to other Zoom rooms. Players move from room to room throughout the experience at their own whims. You might stumble across a puzzle.
The Eschaton puzzle experience is somewhere between a puzzle hunt and an ARG. There is a lot to find and tons to solve. It would require multiple visits to complete.
Of note, Eschaton is an interesting experience with great performers, but it is not an escape room in any way.
Floor 13 is a combination digital + printable game created by CU Adventures in Time & Space in Urbana, IL.
Style of Play: fusion of point-and-click adventure game and print-and-play tabletop escape game
Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection, printer, pen and paper, scissors, tape
The no-printer variant is really good, but the print-and-play version is better. Also, make sure that all players are using the same packet (print or no-print).
Recommended Team Size: 1-3
Play Time: about 60 minutes
Price: pay what you want; minimum $10
Booking: purchase online and play at your leisure
Floor 13 was a fusion of LucasArts-style point-and-click adventure with tabletop escape room. We received a PDF with about a dozen printable pages (there is a no-print variant as well), and a few pages had bits that required cutting out. Then we used a web-based interface to click around and interact with the game world. This interface kept us organized while presenting the puzzles as well as the story.
Avoid using the paper elements before being instructed to do so or you might short circuit the game.
The Movember Virtual Moscape Room is a point-and-click adventure game created by Deadlocked Escape Games (Reading, England) in collaboration with Movember.
Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game with light puzzle hunt elements
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, Facebook access
Recommended Team Size: 1-4
Play Time: 90 minutes
Price: £15.00, a third of which is donated to Movember
Booking: purchase and play at your leisure
In the game, your goal is to bring a razor to the protagonist so he can participate in Movember. Gameplay relies on social media snooping combined with custom digital puzzle games. The audio and video content from the characters adds a lot to the experience.
There is a regular mode, and an “extreme” mode that uses most of the same solutions, but the way you get them is different, with the regular version connecting the dots a bit more concretely. We’ve noted which version each reviewer played.