Logic Locks – The Verdict [Hivemind Review]

The Verdict is an audiovisual immersive experience akin to a larp, created by Logic Locks in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Group photo of the Jury and the court assistants.

Format

Style of Play: audio-visual immersive experience… of jury duty, literally.

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 12 people. You can book a single ticket into a public-ticketed event or you can book for a larger group all together.

Play Time: 2 hours, but allow an extra 30 minutes for a post-game debrief

Price: €21.50 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

The Verdict was an immersive experience akin to a larp. We were essentially serving digital jury duty. We needed to have a large, diverse jury to investigate and deliberate.

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Puzzling Hunts – Sleighlink II: Santa’s Secret Mission [Hivemind Review]

Sleighlink II: Santa’s Secret Mission is a light puzzle hunt created by Puzzling Hunts in Boston, MA.

Comic of Santa landing backwards on a roof. A reindeer is saying, "He's trying a sleighlink II landing."

Format

Style of Play: light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: ClueKeeper app installed on a mobile device

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: No time limit; the game recommends 2-3 hours, but our reviewers finished much more quickly

Price: $18 per team

Booking: purchase through ClueKeeper and play at your leisure

Description

This is a linear puzzle hunt delivered via the ClueKeeper app. It comes with a companion PDF that contains several common codes. To solve the puzzles, you often must refer to this PDF or to the internet for more information. When one team member solves a puzzle, all players receive the solution information.

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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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Edaqa’s Room – Carnival [Hivemind Review]

Carnival is a point-and-click adventure game created by Edaqa’s Room.

An illustration of a ticket booth at a carnival. Rides are in the background.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: 1 hour (but you have up to 15 days to play)

Price: $12.50 per team

Booking: Upon purchase you gain immediate access to the game in the browser and can play at your leisure.

Description

This is a point-and-click game with synchronous inputs. All players individually navigate through different screens and interact with objects. If one player solves a puzzle, all players are notified, and the puzzle is no longer available to others.

An intro to the carnival challenging the player to determine if a legend is true.

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Improbable Escapes – The Hot Chocolate Incident [Hivemind Review]

The Hot Chocolate Incident is a digital avatar-led escape game, designed for livestream play, created by Improbable Escapes in Kingston, ON.

Santa sitting beside a Christmas tree reading.

Format

Style of Play: digital avatar-led escape game, designed for livestream play

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper, scissors

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $25 CAD per player, plus tax.

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

The Hot Chocolate Incident is an avatar-led game hosted in Zoom with a separate website interface for maps, close-up photos, and helpful diagrams. The avatar interacts with a physical space, but the game was designed specifically for online play.

You’ve been recruited to help Jingles the Elf (your in-room avatar) help save Christmas by remotely solving puzzles in Santa’s Workshop.

The control console fo Santa's sleigh.

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