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Review: Escape Hunt – Spy on the Beach

Adelaide Fringe

Don your detective cap and light your pipe… it’s time to channel your inner Sherlock for Adelaide Escape Hunt: Spy on the Beach. ★★★★

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This interactive mystery experience is set in 1948 during the Cold War, and is based on the real-life unsolved case of the “Somerton Man” whose body was discovered at Somerton Beach.

In Spy on the Beach, participants take on the role of detectives to find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes.

Was the man murdered? What does the code found in his possession mean? And could he be a spy?  There is just 60 minutes to unravel the clues and solve the mystery before Russian police descend on the scene.

After a brief introduction from our “game master”, we were led to the “crime scene”, a small room which looked deceptively simple, with only a handful of objects scattered haphazardly across the floor. However, as the clock ticked down to a calming soundtrack of ocean waves, it soon became clear that there was more to this mystery than met the eye.

In a room full of secret messages and hidden clues, we had to decide which discoveries could help us in our investigation and which were props designed to mislead. With each new discovery, the mystery became more challenging, and while game masters are on hand to help out with cryptic hints should you get stuck, part of the fun is trying to solve the puzzles yourself.

With only six players per room per game, participants can make a group booking or join forces with others. The important thing to remember is that success depends on your ability to communicate and work together as a team.

Spy on the Beach is the perfect adventure for puzzle-loving sleuths.

Four stars

Adelaide Escape Hunt: Spy on the Beach is running at Adelaide Escape Hunt (level 3, 133 Rundle Mall) as part of the Adelaide Fringe until March 19.

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