Format: Point-and-click room, alongside Google Meet with live gamemaster
Price: Currently S$15 per person (usual price S$25 per person)
Gameplay duration: 1 hour
(I don’t usually review online games here, but this is by a local company that’s also running a competitive tournament on June 20, so I thought it might be particularly relevant to readers of this blog.)
I’m not a huge fan of point-and-click escape rooms when there are much more interesting interactive options out there (including the amazing and hilarious latest offering by SCRAP, which I recently reviewed), but I did appreciate the “multi-perspective” nature of this game.
AveLIVEX seems to be building a connected universe of games, with four main characters. In this game, each player gets assigned the point-of-view of one character (so if there are more than four of you, two people may have the same view). Think of it as a split-start virtual room, with lots of collaboration required over the Google Meet. This elevates it over other point-and-click games where everyone has the same info and can just solo their way through things.
The puzzles are generally rigorous, and while there are strong Chinese cultural elements, you don’t need to know Chinese to solve them. (The gamemaster later said that they were set by someone who didn’t know the language, ensuring that they can be solved without that knowledge.)
You might run into some technical glitches or less-than-intuitive aspects of the interface, but the gamemaster is around to help, and to provide a debrief if needed. The finale is also rather cute.
Overall, the game is WORTH A TRY for its interesting format, and is particularly value-for-money as part of the current S$35-per-person package, which includes tournament entry and an online murder mystery (which I’ve also played, quite enjoyed, and need to get around to reviewing…). At full price, however, I’d probably recommend some interactive international games instead, unless you’re fond of the point-and-click format.