The Keeper & The Fungus Among Us
Now and again, a virtual escape room rips up what you think is the rule book and gives you something completely unexpected. Now, this can be a gamble for the room; will the players click with the room, will the puzzles translate to a virtual audience, will the technology even work?
This game is billed as an Avatar game and, technically, it is. You remotely help the Avatar to help solve the puzzles and resolve the game. It’s the nature of the Avatar and the world that they inhabit is that is both so radically different and so enjoyable. It’s incredibly hard to be more descriptive without spoiling more of the unique aspects of the game. Imagine a world inspired by “Fingerbobs” (kids UK TV Series from the 70s), the world of Nintendo’s eponymous plumber, Mario and the graphical point-and-click adventures (such as “The Secret of Monkey Island”) all dropped into a blender and out came this game.
Audio and Video was stable and was all done via zoom, there is no separate inventory system but rather this is handled within the game and is completely in keeping with the overall theme.
If you want some hardcore puzzling then this game may not be for you, whilst there are puzzles in the game (and one gave us pause for a few minutes whilst we worked the logic out).
In conclusion, this is a delightful journey in a beautifully wonderful whimsical world that will leave you with a smile on your face.