Escape Room LA – The Haunted Theatre [Hivemind Review]

The Haunted Theatre is a real-life escape room converted to digital play, created by Escape Room LA in Los Angeles, CA.

The Haunted Theatre title scree depicts a spectral performer in a flowy dress on stage.

Format

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

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $23.50 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

The Haunted Theatre is a real-life escape game translated fully into Telescape, without an avatar. It is hosted in Zoom with a live gamemaster who gives an introduction and is on standby for hints, if needed.

Players enter a view of a physical escape room and click to explore aspects of the room. Each player can independently interact with all game elements, but only one player can solve each item on behalf of the group. The format does not allow sharing of how puzzles are solved.

Backstage at the Haunted Theatre has posters and an illuminated ghost light.

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Trapped Puzzle Rooms – Super Squad [Hivemind Review]

Super Squad is an audio escape game created by Trapped Puzzle Rooms in St. Paul, MN.

Comic booky Super Squad logo.

Format

Style of Play: audio escape game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

You’ll need to sign up for a free Discord account if you don’t already have one. The host is skilled in onboarding new players.

Recommended Team Size: 3-6

Play Time: about an hour

Price: $15 per person, with a 3-ticket minimum

Booking: book for a specific time slot

Description

Trapped Puzzle Rooms offers spoken-word, Dungeons & Dragons-esque gameplay with some supplemental art. The host told the story, the players reacted to the world, and the host explained the ramifications of those actions. The more imaginative and willing to play the team was, the more the group got out of the experience.

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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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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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