The Advertiser: South Australian Museum launches new digital interactive gaming experience The Shadow Initiation

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A secret society of the South Australian Museum has been unveiled and they’re accepting members – but there’s a catch.

To join the Secret Order of Quill & Compass, players must complete a series of challenges with secret doors, physical puzzles and special lighting effects.

It’s all part of a new digital interactive gaming experience – believed to be the first of its kind in Australia – to showcase the museum’s extensive galleries and collections.

The Shadow Initiation has been developed with Adventure Mode, an Adelaide-based company specialising in adventure experiences.

“The museum holds collections of over 600 million years of life on Earth … this game will unlock untold secrets from the galleries you’ve walked 100 times, and introduce you to collection items you may not know exist,” SA Museum director Brian Oldman said.

The game, played on a tablet by up to four people at a time, gives participants one hour to complete as many challenges as possible, with more than 40 to choose from.

It has been designed with 18 to 35-year-olds in mind – adults who may not have visited the museum since they were children – but can be played by children 7+.

Adventure Mode director Emma Moad said the game would add “purpose and excitement” to a museum visit.

“That experiential entertainment is what they (the museum) were looking for to bring that Millennial audience back,” she said.

“There’s nothing like it. Even people who know the museum really well, it is showing them things they didn’t know were here.

“We’re trying to send them across different parts of the museum; there are some physical puzzles, so they’ll be opening secret doors, there are secret panels (and) there are some special lighting effects that will give you answers along the way.”

Louisa Battista, of Warradale, enjoyed engaging with the exhibits. “It is also fun racing against the clock,” she said.

You can play The Shadow Initiation from February 13; tickets available online now, details: samuseum.sa.gov.au

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