Archery Attack Melbourne

Archery Attack. The name says a little bit, but not everything. Would there be commando roles? Traps? Games? Would we lose an eye? The arena which I want to dub the ‘Hunger Games Arena’ is located in Reservoir in a gleaming new warehouse. My plus one and I arrived about 45 minutes early and saw the ‘archery tag’, aka battle, unfolding among the prior group. It looked like everyone was having a ton of fun.

Arriving early gave us a a lot of time to practice. Training consisted of firing a lot of arrows over half an hour at various targets on the archery range. I hadn’t tried my hand at archery since high school, and was surprised at how easy it was to get the hang of it. One thing I learned from prior experience was to wear an arm guard, lest you want to be covered in red welts on your non-firing arm. It helped that the friendly staff were always on hand to give you pointers when necessary.

Archery Attack

After training it was time to enter the arena. We donned our face guards which made us all look instantly bad-ass, split into four teams, and were given a rundown on how the next hour was going to work.

Archery Attack can bring out the Hunger Games in people, with some adopting their inner battlefield commander. It was super entertaining to witness. I, on the other hand, learned that I would be almost useless in a medieval war. Constantly fumbling my bow, an inability to advance, and repeatedly making the mistake of reloading while out in the open were hallmarks of my efforts. As my plus one noted though, I most likely would have been far from the front, plotting strategy in the comforts of HQ while sitting down to a sumptuous feast…

Over an hour we played four styles of game, each with its own rules and quirks. Teamwork, communication, and strategy were the clear differentiators between winning and losing teams. Overall the afternoon was fantastic and you do build up a nice sheen of sweat. I’d absolutely recommend giving it a shot with a friend or two. However, I noticed that a lot of people came solo and you make friends within your team quickly enough.

Congratulations to the Archery Attack team for bringing something different to town for Melburnians to experience.

– Rukmal
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Rukmal lives and breathes events.

Archery Attack
118-120 Henty St.
Reservoir VIC 3073

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Archery Attack.
Photo credit: Archery Attack.