Students use new app to play campus-wide Assassin game

Eshanika Chaudhary

Gabriel Jenkinson ‘16 was one of the top five competitors in this year’s game of Assassin until his killer snuck past his friends, who were acting as bodyguards, and “shot” him in the back.

Although Jenkinson does not have a target of his own anymore, it doesn’t stop him from assisted murder.

“Gilbert Anwar ’16 and I teamed up after Gilbert killed me to get Tommy Tilton ’16, the winner from last year,” Jenkinson said.

Jenkinson proceeded to hide behind the door and pretended to try to kill Tilton while Anwar snuck up on Tilton from behind.

“Tilton saw me, and I had the camera out, and he was like ‘I see you,’” Jenkinson said.

The camera he referred to is part of a new addition to the game of Assassin, a murder game led by a student administrator, this year being Landon Fadel ’15.

This is Assassin’s fourth year at Harvard-Westlake, but the first year using a new app which was created by James Lennon ‘15 last summer during a program at the Upper School called the Innovation Lab.

Although the app was mostly finished by the time school started, it was difficult to get it into Apple’s App Store because originally it was only usable for Harvard-Westlake students. However, the app is now available to the public.

In order to have a target and an assassin, one must log into the Harvard-Westlake website.

Players can see their target on the app’s home page, and to kill, they hold a finger gun to the back of the victim’s head, neck, or body and say “bang,” while simultaneously recording the kill on their phone.

The victim will then confirm the death on their device, and the assassin will gain 10 points as well as inherit the victim’s target as their next kill. There are designated safe zones, such as classes and Mudd Library.

There is also a Facebook group for the game, run by Fadel.

“James’s app has made our job a lot easier, since before everything had to be done manually on a Google Doc,” Fadel said. “It just made the system a lot easier in that sense, and anyone can also check their target at any time.”

Lennon is in the process of finding someone to take over the app when he starts at Harvard University in the fall and has already talked to Justin Rose ’17, he said.

This year, 382 students participated in the game. As of press time, 71 students were still in the game, and Jonathan Klein ’15 was in the lead.