Presented by Agent November Ltd
Reviewed 15 February 2020
When it comes to interactive, mind-stretching fun, escape rooms are the bomb and while Adelaide is fortunate enough to have two staple outfits offering these challenges year-round, the Adelaide Fringe brings additional offerings each year now.
Agent November is one of this year’s new treats, coming to our shores for the first time from the UK. They specialise in escape games which work on the same principle as an escape room, but the challenge is to solve a crime or reach another goal other than finding an exit.
Major X Ploe-Shun is a family-friendly challenge comprising a series of difficult puzzles that must be solved to defuse a bomb and save a museum. Unlike escape rooms, more than two heads are needed to beat this clock. It’s a cleverly crafted game but time is short. Each stage involves multiple puzzles so team work is mandatory, along with the need to divide and conquer the riddles. Solving puzzles leads to codes that release padlocks that hide more clues and more challenges. The tension runs high from the onset, as do the chuckles and bonding with your fellow participants.
The dashing Agent November introduces your team of investigators to the building crisis that has been set in motion by criminal mastermind Marty Orri, and he stays close at hand to offer some guidance if needed, but it’s up to your own crack team of spies to save the day.
Agent November Escape Game: Major X Ploe-Shun is a cracking good game. It’s fast-paced, clever and deceptively challenging. It’s designed to travel between festivals so is far from some of the lesser pop-up efforts that have come to previous Fringes. This is one you’ll be talking about to your friends. Just remember that what happens in the room, stays in the room. Don’t give anything away.
Reviewed by Agent Agent (AKA Rod Lewis)
Venue: Basem3nt Studios, 15-17 Featherstone Place, Adelaide
Season: 15 February – 15 March 2020
Duration: 50 minutes