[Dossier] Our selection of dematerialized Escape Game

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To help us withstand the containment, game editors, Escape Game rooms, and many others are creative to entertain us. Several playful concepts have emerged to play alone or together while remaining confined to home in front of his screen.

The good news is that your devoted servant has tested several (what self-denial!).

Here is our selection of escape games (or approaching the concept):

Hybrids with Game Master: Paying, but offering an original and exotic experience.
The “ready to be printed and played”: On the program a ludo-educational on botany, cartons by Fabien Olicard, and those for pitchounes.
“Community games”: Content offered free of charge by escape games brands using website and social networks as support.
Video-games: The favorite available on STEAM, and Puzzle games in Flash.

HYBRIDS

THE BOX

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They will be the first to open the doors of their physical escape game (THE BOX in Metz), to play it by proxy. Quietly installed in your living room scattered throughout France, you will direct Bob, to execute the heist of the century in a famous jewelry store. So if he’s agile, and will know how to dodge the chest protection lasers, he didn’t invent the powder, and will give you real fits of giggles. Equipped with his camera, you will be able to access through a google drive, the details of all these discoveries. Add to that a playful chest hacking interface, and you’ll be sure to have a great time with your friends.

  • Price: €80 per session
  • Number of players: Between 2 and 6
  • Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Open: May 11, 2020

SHERLOCK GEANT AT HOME

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From April 9 to 12, you will be able to be able to be alone or by team (up to 6 players) by playing detectives to replace Sherlock Holmes in his investigations. The police start by informing you: crime scene, description of the victim and the crime scene, links of the victim (family, friends…), date and time, potential suspects…

You then have at your disposal several items including a newspaper of the day, a directory of the city and especially one where you can visit different places with each their witnesses to question and their clues. The goal of the game is to solve the survey and answer a questionnaire once you think you have the solution. The company Créanim has already experienced the concept live with actors, and this in different cities of France.

“Sherlock Giant at Home” has the definite advantage, in this time of confinement, of being able to play online with family or friends without being pressed for time.

Info

  • Price: 15 euros per team.
  • Average time: 3 hours.
  • Number of players: 1 to 6

The publisher Spacecowboys makes available free kits to play together and remotely at DETECTIVE CONSEILS.

However, it is essential that at least one of the people has a game box among them: The Taming Murders, Carlton House – Queen’s Park, and Jack the Ripper. It is integrated into a fairly comprehensive free package offered by ASMODEE in which you will find different games to print, as well as 5 playable adventures of the famous game Unlock. A kit of cards ready to be printed, an app to download, and you can embark on these escape game style adventures.

Sherlock Holmes Asmode: Jack...

Sherlock Holmes Asmode: Jack…

  • Enter the world of Sherlock Holmes with the adventures of Jack the Ripper – West End.
  • A new standalone game box (you don’t need another one in order to play…
  • Ten new cases to put your mind to the test.
  • From the age of 12

HUNTING TOWN

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Scattered in the four corners of France, our dream team tested this week an Escape Game by walking the streets of La Rochelle in search of lost treasures, and this, staying at home each. The escape company Game Hunting Town has also decided to react to the current situation by launching its concept of Escape Game ExterrieYour… inside! All it takes is a computer and a good internet connection to wander around the city with Google Street view to solve the puzzles that lurk there.
From 2 to 6 players, the price is obviously reasonable (9 euros /people), and even if the game is more of a treasure hunt for puzzles than a real escape game, this one-hour experience remains very original and entertaining. As in any respected Escape Game, a Game Master will accompany you in this real-time experience. It will track your progress and will guide you if necessary throughout the hour of play.

Info

  • Price: 9 euros / people
  • Running time: 1 hour
  • Number of players: 2 to 5

THE HUNT

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From 2 to 4 days, you’re going to have to get your hands on a dangerous Hacker.  A real favorite, between the story coherence of the “enigmas”, the diversity of the game mechanics (with a nice asymmetry of information between the teams), and the variety of technological media (Chatbot, google map, QR code. etc.). Go for it! Confinement or not for that matter!

Info

  • Price: 16 euros / Team
  • Running time: 90 minutes
  • Number of players: 2 to 4

THE “PRETES TO BE PRINTED AND PLAYED”

ENIGMA BOTANICA

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A FREE educational Escape game on botany to share with the family (from 12 years old). This is a downloadable kit, where all you have to do is print, cut, color and place and hide the different elements in a space of 20m2 ideally.
A beautiful way to discover this science, where themes such as flower architecture, classification by family, modes of reproduction, ecology and inhabitants are addressed without it being boring. A very nice initiative of TELA BOTANICA, a network of information exchanges accessible to all botanists.

Info

  • Price: Free
  • Running time: 1 hour
  • Number of players: 2 to 5

OLICARTON

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During this period of confinement, Fabien Olicard opens his “boxes” to offer us every day, at ten o’clock, a surprise to have fun and/or learn. A lot of things in stock including sometimes escapes in pictures.
A small preference for the narrative and cooperative game Castle adventure of Iello.

And for the Pitchounes

You’ll find a series of paid scenarios that are accessible to children, ready to download and print.

  • ESCAPE KIT: Price: €19.99 / duration: 45 to 60 minutes / Number of players: 2 to 5 / Age: From 6 years old
  • AME: Price: $9.95 / duration: 60 minutes / Number of players: 2 to 5 / Age: From 7 years old
  • HAPPY KITS: Price: 25 euros / duration: 60 minutes / Number of players: 2 to 6 / Age: From 7 years old

  • The secret of the stolen treasure” , an escape game “Kids” in app on your mobile: Young pirate, we will have to investigate the stealing your precious treasure. Price: 9.99 euros per person / Duration: 45 to 60 minutes / Number of players: 2 to 4 (around the same phone).

THE “COMMUNITY GAMES”

THE GEMEAUX QUETE (Cinescape)

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The Knight of Gemini is dead! A successor is needed to protect the princess. It’s up to you to prove your worth, Knight of the Galaxium,: Be the quickest to climb these steps and overcome the 12 houses to have the privilege of being chosen by the power of Gemini. It is a succession of puzzles (research, mapping, encryption, logic, manipulation, etc.) that can be solved in front of its screen for the first 9 houses, but which will require, when the containment is finished, to move physically in the Bouches-du-Rhône to defeat the houses 10 to 12.

More than 5,000 euros worth of Saint Seiya jewelry made by the Aubage jewellers “We are heroes” of the Aubage jewellers.

Info

  • Price: Free
  • Duration: Undetermined
  • Number of players: 1

THE CHANTNOIR MYSTERY

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The Escape Game room “One hour” offers a free participatory survey on Facebook , in which you will be able to guide Hercules Poivrot, a detective who has the bottle (literally as in in its investigation into the disappearance of a famous writer. The case takes place in a magnificent castle in which the master of the game can access live. Each participant can offer their suggestions and question. Hercules responds to everyone and selects a few tracks every day that are proposed to him to explore them. In addition to being completely interactive, the survey allows you to discover little by little this sumptuous castle.

Info

  • Price: Free
  • Duration: Undetermined
  • Number of players: 1

A TRESOR IN PARIS

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A treasure in Paris has designed puzzles to explore the city… but from home! We solve them with Google Maps, Street View, Wikipedia… so many ways to discover the city while staying safe. And the advantage is that you can play it anywhere! You don’t have to be Parisian. In the puzzles proposed, there is for example a giant touchdown-cast in the Parc de la Villette, or a visit to the underground of the capital. Each is a real challenge, and clues can never get stuck. Gather your best escape game team by video conference, and go on an adventure together!

Info

  • Price: Free
    Duration: about 1 hour per riddle
    Team: ideally 1 to 5 players

A CRAZY EVENING IN THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT FOR SLACK

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On a “Very bad trip” theme, a free interactive game to do to several on Slack. It’s not the most ergonomic to play with the general public, it must be admitted, but this one-hour game remains very entertaining, between puzzles a little delusional, and musical quiz, all facing a pretty effective chatbot.

VIDEO-GAMES

The number of puzzle games approaching escape games are legion, but are mostly individual. Our favourite was an independent game that fully exploits the team game.

WE WERE HERE TOGETHER

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This cooperative adventure game is available on STEAM for €12.99. This is the third episode of the saga of the game WE WERE HERE, in which you have to solve with your teammate puzzles and puzzles to save the expedition.

With a low-poly effect, the graphics are perfectly suited to the game. The narrative remains simplistic, and is above all a pretext to solve riddles in pairs. This is clearly the highlight of the game, its collaborative aspect with its directly integrated voice chat. The fact that one must constantly be aware of what the other does, often, without being able to see it. We can only rely on what he explains to us. And sometimes it’s complicated to clearly describe objects or actions. So, faced with many logic puzzles, it is better to be armed with patience with his or her partner.

Info

  • Price: €12.99
  • Duration: 3 hours (In practice, we must not be very effective, because we already have 5 hours of play, and we are only in the 3rd table)
  • Number of players: 2

THE VIRTUAL MINI-ESCAPE

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A free dematerialized Escape Game and play on the internet to play alone or several behind the same screen. You are locked in an archaeologist’s office, it will be necessary to find the 3 codes that will unlock safe, cabinet and cell phone to type the password on the digicode of the exit. Accustomed to exercise, it still took me 25 minutes to escape. No pressure, you have the time and clues you want, Sixty O’Lock Montluçon’s proposal is simple: Offer entertaining content in this period of confinement, and it’s successful!

Info

  • Price: Free
  • Running time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Number of players: 1 (Multiplayer possible behind the same screen)

Flash puzzle games

ESCAPE ROOM

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Platform entirely dedicated to escape games with 885 free online games and mostly flash.

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