Enibot – The Vaccine Chase [Hivemind Review]

The Vaccine Chase is an online game played through a chatbot created by Enibot, based in Israel.

In-game animation of people in a medical lab.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Point-and-click

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-2

Play Time: ~30 minutes

Price: $20 per ticket (per game on a single computer with up to 6 players)

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Playing through a chatbot, we had to solve puzzles to usher a research scientist from their lab to the CDC to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine formula.

Note that although the subject matter is sensitive to many people at this time – the game pulls in real-time COVID-19 data and puzzle answers are dynamic – it also treats the material respectfully.

Chat and animation based UI for Enibot.

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Leenook – L’Équation [Hivemind Review]

L’Équation is a point-and-click adaptation of an in-person game. The original game was created by Sauve Qui Peut, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. It was translated into a digital format by Leenook.

Leenook interface with built-in video chat and 360 photo of an office.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Adaptation of an in-person game (can be played IRL)
  • Point-and-click

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

This interface was very particular about browser window aspect ratio. We recommend a large screen, if possible.

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $23 CAD per player

Booking: book online for a specific time

Description

This was a faithful point-and-click adaptation of the real-life escape room L’Équation at Sauve Qui Peut. We navigated 360-degree photos of the gamespace. When we clicked on things in the environment either a photo, video, or locking mechanism displayed.

There was a live host to provide support. Every player had their own version of the game, so every person needed to open every lock in order to progress together. There were built-in pause screens that told faster players to wait for their teammates.

Illustration of a locker lock.

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Paragamix – Bermudas Wrecks [Hivemind Review]

Bermudas Wrecks is a light puzzle hunt created by Paragamix. It is available in English, German, and Spanish.

Interior of a primitive home.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: no clock, play time is about 90 minutes, game code lasts for 60 hours, stop and start as you wish

Price: $12 for 1-2 players

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

In this game you virtually tour Bermuda locations to find things and solve puzzles. There is a blog with puzzle content, and gameplay is controlled through a chat-bot interface that gives puzzles, verifies answers, and provides hints.

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Trapped in the Web – A Night at the Theatre [Hivemind Review]

A Night at the Theatre is a digital escape game in Google Forms, created by Trapped in the Web.

An illustration of a projector and some exposition setting the stage for the game.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Light puzzle hunt

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: 1-2 hours

Price: £8.99

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Purchasing gives you access to a Google Form that contains the entire game. Players navigate through the Google Form, going to different ‘rooms’ and using the clues in those rooms to find solutions to puzzles. The Google Form interface is limited to pages of text, static graphics, and the occasional video leading to a text entry field for the solution, with a “Next” button.

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Experios – Time’s Ticking [Hivemind Review]

Time’s Ticking is an online puzzle game created by Experios and sold through them and their resellers.

Web page with an introductory ltter and video to Melbourne police regarding an important case.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on-demand

Required Equipment: Computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: about an hour

Price: $45 AUD per team

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

This is an online puzzle game that presents a series of simple challenges across different webpages.

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