Stitch Media – Flow Weaver [Hivemind Review]

Flow Weaver is a narrative-driven adventure game in VR with puzzles, created by Stitch Media.

Flow Weaver title art, set in a 3D rendered VR world.

Format

Style of Play:

  • VR
  • Play on demand

Required Equipment: VR headset – It’s only available to be played on Oculus headsets (Rift, Quest).

Recommended Team Size: 1

Play Time: about 3 hours

Price: $19.99

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Flow Weaver is a narrative-driven adventure game with puzzles. This is a seated VR game (no actual walking around the space.) You can pick up objects, examine objects, place objects to solve puzzles, teleport, observe the environment, and watch cutscenes.

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BibRave – Run to Escape: Mission Mt. Olympus [Hivemind Review]

Update July 7, 2021: Note that since this review published BibRave released a less expensive mini version of this experience. See the comments.

Run to Escape: Mission Mt. Olympus is a digital experience that mixes running with puzzles.

Homepage for Run to Escape: Mt. Olympus by Runkeeper. An assortment of illustrated god-characters are scattered about.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Play on demand
  • Audio game

Required Equipment: mobile device with the RunKeeper app, running shoes

Headphones are technically optional, but highly recommended.

Recommended Team Size: 1

Play Time: No timer on each race – run or walk at your own pace. Total of 27 miles across all the races.

Price: $75 per player

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

You’re tasked with helping Atalanta prove to the Olympian gods and goddesses that she deserves to be on Mt. Olympus. To do so, you accept the challenge of 6 gods/ goddesses and complete a series of races.

This is a single-player audio game intended to take place over the course of several different runs and post-workout follow ups.

After signing up for each race in Runkeeper, you lace up your sneakers and prepare for your cardio workout. During each run, a god will talk to you through your headphones, providing some story, entertainment, and clues for the puzzle you’ll be able to solve once you finish the race and make it back to your computer. These puzzles are of easy-to-medium difficulty. The solution to the puzzle is the access code to the next race. When all races are over, solve the metapuzzle to get into the afterparty where you have access to discounts and giveaways.

Page reads, "Get to know the gods." 8 illustrations of modern interpretations of the Gods of Olympus are illustrated.

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ThinkFun – A Cold Case: A Story to Die For [Hivemind Review]

A Cold Case: A Story to Die For is a tabletop mystery game created by ThinkFun.

A cat sitting on top of the game's components.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Tabletop mystery game
  • Play on demand

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 1-3

Play Time: about 1-2 hours, maybe more with all the reading

Price: ~$15

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Your job is to solve an old murder case. To do so, you examine all the evidence in the case file and answer four questions about the particulars of the case. When you have your answers, you input them into a website for confirmation.

There were no “puzzles” along the way to the solution, just reading and comparing evidence. Note that there is a lot of reading.

Cold Case: A Story To Die For cover art and a police report.

Lucardo Manchester – University of Magic: The Entrance Exam [Hivemind Review]

University of Magic: The Entrance Exam is an avatar-led livestreamed adaptation of an in-person game, created by Lucardo Manchester in England.

A wizard in the stone halls of a magical university over Zoom.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Adaptation of an in-person game (can be played IRL)
  • Avatar controlled by the players

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-5

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: £80 per team

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This is an avatar-led game (with a separate camera person) that takes place in a real-life escape room. You play through Zoom and there is no inventory.

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Trapgame – Agency 51 [Hivemind Review]

Agency 51 is an online escape game created by Trapgame in Charrat, Switzerland.

An agent wearing black briefing us from a futuristic war room.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Avatar controlled by the players
  • Web-based inventory system

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 3-6

Play Time: 90 minutes

Price: 160 Swiss Francs (CHF) per group (~$177)

Booking: book online for a specific time slot OR purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Agency 51 is a digital escape game that mixes online gameplay with elements from in-person escape rooms.

You start with the online part of the game, where the puzzles are digital. Once you access security cameras, the game turns into an avatar-led remote escape room, but continues to utilize the digital interface. This digital game traverses multiple physical escape games, weaving them all into a single story arc.

The puzzles in Agency 51 are different from those you’ll encounter in Trapgame’s real-life rooms, so you can play this game and still visit this company in person in the future.

In game text chat with Agent M.

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