Escape Live: Rogue Agent

Whilst saving the world from all manner of terrorists and threats, a Rogue MI5 Agent has been growing his personal art collection and not entirely legitimately. The unknown agent has been stealing art and sculptures from across the globe.

Rating: Interesting
Completion Time: 1 Hour 8 Minutes
Date Played: 16th of June 2020
Party Size: 6

Rogue Agent by Escape Live is the first digital escape game in their catalogue and centres on the idea of, well, quite literally a rogue agent in MI5. Somebody deep within the secret service has been using their power to steal a series of paintings from around the world and it’s up to you to stop them!

A fun mix of video content, an online portal, and an interesting collection of evidence to view in your own time, Rogue Agent has a little bit of everything in it. I played via Zoom with their maximum recommended size of 6 players. One person must be logged into the portal whilst others play along via screen share. This works reasonably well as you can download the evidence and circulate this zipped folder to all players if they like, but at the end of each ’round’, only one player inputs their answer.

One of the most charming things about Rogue Agent is the acting – it was a lovely touch to have a direct line to your ‘boss ‘ at MI5 not just at the beginning and the end but as a place marker for every round. He acts incredulously at each piece of evidence you submit, and cheers you on to keep going! A really nice touch.

If I had only one piece of constructive criticism, some of the puzzles felt a tiny bit out of place in the universe they’ve created. For example, in trying to undercover the secret agent’s identity you come across some old school books from his Year 5 Geography. It’s a unique way to fit in a flag puzzle (a puzzle which I actually love!), but it didn’t completely sit with the narrative. However, if you’re looking for a range of puzzles in an amusing environment, it’s still a great one to have a go with!

We completed our mission in a little over an hour! Teamwork makes the dream work, so I’d call that a success!

Rogue Agent can be purchased for £20 on Escape Live’s website.

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