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HolidayQuest, ParshaQuest, & IsraelQuest

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

IsraelQuest: Challenge One

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Embark on an exciting and challenging quest while you solve puzzles and explore Israel’s most popular locations!

NEW: Activity sheets to accompany your game, or be used on their own!

ParshaQuest: Breisheet

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Unlock the book of Breisheet (Genesis) as you solve puzzles and uncover hidden secrets of the weekly Parsha.

NEW: Activity sheets to accompany your game, or be used on their own!

OUR PRODUCT LINES

HolidayQuest

Solve puzzles and learn about all the different Jewish holidays! Includes games such as HolidayQuest: High Holidays Unlocked, HolidayQuest: Chanukah Lights, and more!

ParshaQuest

Solve puzzles and go through the Torah, one Parsha at a time! ParshaQuest: Breisheet (Genesis) and ParshaQuest: Sh’mot (Exodus) now available, with games for every Sefer currently in development!

IsraelQuest

Solve puzzles and learn about Israel while traveling all over the country! Includes games such as IsraelQuest: Challenge One, IsraelQuest: The Jerusalem Secret, and more!

Curriculum Guides & Activity Sheets

Take your games a step further with Curriculum Guides and Activity Sheets, designed to help you teach or learn more about the subjects of our games. Designed for use in a classroom setting, there are Curriculum Guides and Activity Sheets available for games in all of our lines!

FEATURED PRODUCTS

FEATURED GAME

HolidayQuest: High Holidays Unlocked

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Unlock your way through the High Holidays as you solve puzzles and tackle challenges surrounding these special Jewish holidays.

OUR GAMES

Please note that you CANNOT purchase or play our games from a phone! Please visit the site from your computer or tablet instead.

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IsraelQuest: Challenge One

Embark on an exciting and challenging quest while you solve puzzles and explore Israel’s most popular locations!

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IsraelQuest: The Jerusalem Secret

Explore the city of Jerusalem as you solve puzzles and uncover the city’s hidden secrets.

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HolidayQuest: High Holidays Unlocked

Unlock your way through the High Holidays as you solve puzzles and tackle challenges surrounding these special Jewish holidays.

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IsraelQuest: The Kabbalah Code

Put your puzzle-solving skills to the test as you dive deep into the mysticism and secrets of the ancient city of Tzfat.

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HolidayQuest: Chanukah Lights

Solve puzzles and tackle challenges as you explore the eight days of Chanukah! Can you reveal the hidden secrets of the Chanukah lights…?

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HolidayQuest: A Megillah Mystery

Uncover a secret Purim treasure while exploring the mysteries of the Megillah!

HolidayQuest: The Missing Matzah

HolidayQuest: The Missing Matzah

Solve puzzles and test your brain to find the missing Matzah and restore the holiday mood!

IsraelQuest: Challenge Two

IsraelQuest: Challenge Two

Continue the adventure you began in IsraelQuest: Challenge One with this special mini game!

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ParshaQuest: Breisheet

Unlock the book of Breisheet as you solve puzzles and uncover hidden secrets of the weekly Parsha.

(Available fully in English, or with Hebrew names transliterated.)

IsraelQuest: Challenge Two

IsraelQuest: Challenge Two

Continue the adventure you began in IsraelQuest: Challenge One with this special mini game!

All games available in Standard, Junior, or Pro versions

THREE GREAT WAYS TO PLAY

COMPETITION PLAY

Who will finish first?
Compete with your friends!
Set up your competition for up to 8 connections.

2 connections: $36 USD
Each additional connection: $9 USD

PLAY NOW

Play together with family and friends anywhere in the world, with up to 4 connections to the same game.

$36 USD

SOLO PLAY

Play with a single connection – everyone around one computer.

Special: Upgrade to two connections and play together remotely!

$20 USD
(Two-connection special: $24 USD)

For groups up to 999 players, visit our team play request page.
We’ve got great team / competitive options for you, at special group rates!
Questions? Drop us a note at studio@bagelsandlocks.com and we’ll be in touch.

Note: Our games currently do not work on phones. Sorry!
Please note that most of our games are 10-clue games, while IsraelQuest: Challenge Two is a 5-clue game and has special pricing.

CURRICULUM GUIDES

New from Bagels & Locks Studios:
Curriculum guides and activity sheets that can be used in both formal and informal settings to engage students, designed to accompany and enhance your experience with our games.

IsraelQuest: Challenge One
Curriculum Guide and Activity Sheets

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This guide includes basic background information about the modern State of Israel, to be used in any setting when running a program about Israel, and an activity page and answer guide.
Bonus material related to IsraelQuest: Challenge One included.

HolidayQuest: Chanukah Lights
Curriculum Guide and Activity Sheets

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The Chanukah Curriculum Guide includes background information about Chanukah, as well as specific information about the major themes of Chanukah that are the focus of HolidayQuest: Chanukah Lights, plus an activity page and answer sheet that can be used as the basis of a Chanukah trivia game, or in a variety of other ways.

IsraelQuest: Challenge One
Curriculum Guide and Activity Sheets

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This guide includes basic background information about the modern State of Israel, to be used in any setting when running a program about Israel, and an activity page and answer guide.
Bonus material related to IsraelQuest: Challenge One included.

ParshaQuest: Breisheet – Activity Sheets

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ParshaQuest Activity Pages featuring a brief summary of the Parsha, 25 questions about the Parsha, and the Parsha Riddle of the Week.

High Holidays Curriculum Guide + Activity Sheets

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Four pages of information on the major themes of the High Holidays, an activity page, and answer sheets.

ABOUT US

We are Bagels & Locks Studios, a studio that creates fun and challenging games and activities, with the added bonus of having educational value!
We are a team of experienced educators, developers, puzzle creators, writers, and artists. In the past, we’ve created and run a variety of informal educational activities, including the Maimonides Puzzle Room and the Safed Puzzle Room. Now, we’ve moved online, and we look forward to bringing many more entertaining projects your way!

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What people are saying

“We played the Bagels & Locks Studios High Holidays game this evening after Shabbat was over. This is their second online game we’ve done, and the kids chose it over movie night! All in all another quality game, relevant to the season, and a very enjoyable evening.”
-Ruth

“In these days where we are all stuck in our homes, some alone, some with our families, it is great that there is an entertaining activity that you can do with people outside your home!”
-Janice

“Working on this game with my daughter was a blast!”
-Natalie

“My kids are literally jumping up in the air when they figure out the answers!”
-Yehuda

“It was a great activity for the family to do together. We had a great time! Highly recommended!”
-Eric

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the IsraelQuest and HolidayQuest games?

A quest game is a multi-stage game, in which your goal is to solve complex puzzles to complete each stage. It’s pretty much an online escape room! You will be presented with different puzzles and riddles to solve at each stage of the game. As you solve each puzzle, you’ll advance to the next stage. You will need to complete all 10 stages to finish the quest.
IsraelQuest: Challenge One is a quest game that focuses on a visit to Israel. IsraelQuest: The Jerusalem Secret is all about Jerusalem, and IsraelQuest: The Kabbalah Code is a quest in Tzfat.
HolidayQuest: High Holidays Unlocked takes you on an adventure through the High Holidays, and HolidayQuest: Chanukah Lights is an adventure through the eight days of Chanukah.

How do I choose between the versions (Standard, Junior, and Pro)?

Our Standard games are designed for adults and teens age 14+. For novice puzzlers and experienced puzzlers.
Our Junior games are designed for kids age 9-13, or for novice puzzlers (younger players can complete the game with an adult helper).
Our Pro games are designed for adults and teens age 15+. For experienced puzzlers.

What devices can I use to play the games?

You can play our games from your desktop or laptop, and from iPads and most Android tablets. We are working on a cellphone friendly interface, but that is not yet available. Stay tuned for updates about this!

I’ve never been to Israel, and know nothing about it. Can I play the IsraelQuest games?

YES! The games will introduce you to some of Israel’s most famous places. If you’ve never visited Israel, this is a great way to find out about it! You don’t need to be familiar with places in Israel before you play our games. All the information you need to solve your quest is available to you inside the game.

I’ve been to Israel many times (or I live in Israel), can I play the IsraelQuest games?

YES! IsraelQuest games are fun for everyone, including people who know Israel well. We’re sure you’ll find the games fun and challenging, even if you are familiar with Israel already.

I've never celebrated the Jewish Holidays and I'm not very familiar with them. Can I play the HolidayQuest games?

YES! The HolidayQuest games can be played by anybody, irrespective of their familiarity with the Jewish holidays or their traditions. You don’t need prior knowledge to play the game; everything you need to know is contained in the game itself!

Can I play the games alone?

Yes, you can play the games alone, but it may be more fun with a group. You can get a friend, or even your whole family together and play the game on the largest internet enabled screen you have available, if you are playing the single connection version. See below for options for multiple connections!

What are my options for playing with friends?

You can choose to play a game together with your friends by choosing our group play option, which allows you up to 4 connections (from different devices) to the same game. You’ll work together to solve the game together – you’ll even be able to communicate with each other from within the game by typing in your in-game notepad. Everyone who’s joined the same game will advance through the game together. You can also choose our competitive game option, where you will compete against your friends to see who can finish first. This option allows multiple players to play at the same time, each with their own connection, and a leaderboard shows how much time each player has taken. The times won’t always be close, because hints come with time penalties in this version! The person who finishes with the fastest time wins! You can also play the competitive version as teams – just tell us how many teams you want us to set up for you! Email us at studio@bagelsandlocks.com.

I want to play this game with a lot of people at one time. How can we do that?

We have the ability to run our competitive game for an unlimited number of teams at a time. Each team can have between 1 and 4 players on it, and all teams will be competing to finish first. Your competition is private, for your organization only. Contact us for more information about this option.

Can I get help if I’m stuck?

Yes, you can get help! The game has a ? button you can click on to get hints (up to 3) for each stage of the quest. If you are playing a competitive game, hints come with the addition of time to your game clock, so your final time will reflect the fact that you got a hint.

How much does it cost to play?

It depends how you choose to play: Group play (3 to 4 connections, playing the same game) costs $36. A single connection costs $20. The Two-Connection Special costs $24. Competition play starts at $36 for two connections, and each additional connection (up to 8 total) is $9. Larger groups can form teams and compete, too! Contact us for pricing for groups that require teams or for more than 8 connections. All prices listed here are in USD (United States Dollars). Prices in NIS are available on our Hebrew page.

What payment options do you offer?

Our website uses Paypal checkout, which can process your payment from your Paypal account, or allows you to charge a credit card without logging into Paypal. If you are purchasing the game for a large group, we will contact you to work out payment. If you are in Israel, and prefer to pay us over the phone or using BIT, please send an email to studio@bagelsandlocks.com and we’ll do our best to accommodate and get you set up to play.

How long will the game take?

Many people like to think about the puzzles and solve them without any hints, unless they are truly stuck. There are 10 stages to each game, and we estimate that the Standard version will take most people at least an hour and a half to solve, but don’t be discouraged if it takes you longer! Everyone plays the game differently. The Pro version can easily take 2.5 hours or more to solve. The Junior version may take about an hour to solve. These estimates are just that – estimates. Play the game at a pace that suits you!

I don’t know if I have enough time to finish. Do I need to complete the game in one sitting?

Don’t worry! You can take your time to complete your quest. You can take a break at any time. If you have to take a break, we’ll save your progress, and you can log back in later to finish.
Once you’ve paid for your game, you will receive a unique game link. We recommend you bookmark the game page after opening until you finish. This will allow you to return to your game at any time.

I’m in the middle of a game, but my game stopped responding, what can I do?

In the event that your game stops responding, please just refresh your connection (reload the page). If you are still having trouble, please reach out to us at studio@bagelsandlocks.com or via social media.

I want to give feedback or make a suggestion. How do I do that?

We’d love to hear from you! You can email your feedback and suggestions to feedback@bagelsandlocks.com.

SOME OF OUR CUSTOMERS

Nefesh B'Nefesh

B'nei Akiva UK

SALTY BBYO

Lander College

Yavneh Academy

Heidi Brun & Assoc.

Israel XP at Bar Ilan

Yeshivat Lev HaTorah

Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim

Shaarei Binah Academy for Girls

Tomer Devorah Seminary

Congregation Beth Emeth

Temple B'nai Israel

Destination Israel

Congregation B'nai Israel

JUF Chicago

Rosenbaum Yeshiva of New Jersey

Temple Emuna

Farber Hebrew Day School

Milton Gottesman School

Scheck Hillel Community School

Menorah Primary School

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Congregation Shearith Israel

Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El

Beth Meyer Synagogue

Temple Israel West Palm Beach

Baer Miriam

Beth Haverim

Smith Bar Mitzvah Party

Chabad of Deerfield Beach

Hebrew Schools of Lower Merion

The Rashi School

Temple Har Zion

The Jewish Center of Princeton

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