Updated: Jun 27
Photos provided by Quarantini Boredom Escapes
Company: Quarantini Boredom Escapes
Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Price: Free. Donation to charity highly recommended.
Type of Game: Digital Escape Game
Size of Team: 2 players
Date Played: 6/16/2020
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 6/10
Time: Unlimited (Approx 60 min)
"Acorn Cottage" is a point and click digital game where two players will need to work together in order to solve puzzles and ultimately rescue Professor Acorn and her marvellous Banana-o-matic Deluxe from the clutches of Big Banana (If you haven't noticed yet there'll be a lot of Banana mentioning in the game. We suspect the game designer really loves Bananas).
This game was a lot of fun. We played in separate areas in the house and used Zoom to communicate with each other. Since we were provided with different information pending on if you chose to be player 1 or player 2, communication was the key to success. The puzzles were very creative and we enjoyed the back story. We had a full 49 minutes of fun. The best part about this is that the game is FREE. The game designer is mainly doing this for a good cause. If you do enjoy the game, remember to donate to one of these charities!
Type of Game: Audio Escape Game
Date Played: 6/20/2020
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 7.5/10
Time: Unlimited (Approx 75-90 minute)
"NooZoo Park" is still in beta testing mode. There's no cost to play the game but you'll need someone to host the game in order for the game to be played. If you like to be the host then there's a guide with detailed instructions on how to host the game. You won't be able to play it since you'll be the one distributing and confirming answers for the other players. Players can play as teams or as individuals in competition mode. You'll also need an app where you will be able to communicate with all the players in a chat group but also be able to privately message individual players.
The game designer hosted the two of us on zoom to beta test the game. We were also grouped together on Whatsapp in order for the game master to sent us messages as a group and individually. The puzzles were still in a point and click format through their online portal but this time some answers were to be given to the game host over Whatsapp versus entering them online. Once the correct answer was given, the game host will sent you a password for you to go on. The player or team that gets out of the deadly NooZoo first will win the game. We had a lot of laughter throughout the game as some "puzzles" were more for entertainment purposes rather than actual puzzles. Since we were in the same Zoom and I was ahead, I knew exactly how far Brandon was behind me through the conversations he was having with the game host. This also made me feel more nervous since there could be a chance he could catch up to me (but there could be only one winner and that's me! Muhahha). We would imagine this being funnier with a larger group as with two people there were a lot of moments of silence while we're solving puzzles. It would be nice if there could be some background music to set the tone. Since this format could only be played if someone "sacrifices" themselves and be the host, I would definitely suggest buying him/her a cup of coffee/lunch after! More importantly, if you did enjoy the game, remember to donate to one of these charities!
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Quarantini Boredom Escapes for hosting us to beta test NooZoo Park.