Posted by: Montola | October 22, 2009


Accomplice looks interesting. Is it a show? Is it a game? Is it a tour? They say it’s an “experience”, to my trained eye it appears to be a commercial productization of a Fincher -style game, something that looks like a casual Game with a few larplike elements. You can play it in downtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village or Hollywood, for $55-$65 for a few hours of play, a few drinks and snacks included.

Part game, part theater, and part tour, Accomplice productions are unlike anything found in a theater, sending its audience on an actual journey through the streets of the city. Armed with a few initial bits of information, participants are sent on a mission, aided by clues and mysterious cast members strewn throughout various locations such as streetcorners, bars, out of the way shops, and seedy alleys. Audiences in groups of up to 10 traverse the city streets, piecing together clues of a meticulously crafted plot.

The pages are of course a bit mysterious, so it’s hard to go to details of what the game exactly consists of, but it all sounds very much like, say, Shelby Logan’s Run for a supercasual audience of tourists or birthday party groups. And look at these hundreds of 4-5 star audience reviews in Zerve!

Their video section shows an nice amount of screentime in eyeball-catchers such as Jimmy Fallon and Regis and Kelly. Like this one:

…and yeah, it’s been around since 2005. There’s no radar that’d catch all this stuff.

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