Pleasingly perplexed by Perplex City season 2

Perplex City season 2 cards

Uh-oh. A new addiction. Perplex City, created by Mind Candy, is a puzzle game which also happens to be an Alternate Reality Game. Season 1 ended when The Cube was found, but season 2 cards are now available and I’m already hooked. My profile page shows the gradually growing list of puzzle cards I’ve solved.

Dan and Lisa from Mind Candy actually popped into Hursley the other day, and it was really good to spend a few hours catching up. They were impressively tight-lipped about Season 2, but in addition to the puzzles I have a feeling that the storyline for season 2 might well draw me in too.

Imagine a world which you cant walk around in, but you can interact with via websites, phone numbers, text messages, faxes, and occasionally even bleeds into this world with live events. Season 1 had some fun ‘rabbit holes’ (including the answer to one of the easier cards being a phone number which, when rung, was the answerphone for the character Violet, who gave the URL for her blog).

I just noticed that the Wikipedia entry for Perplex City currently “may fail to make a clear distinction between fact and fiction”. Heh.

I have yet got in to PerplexCityTrades (which seems to be the state of the art of trading sites at the moment). If you’re interested in swapping cards here’s my list of spares. Nick (now similarly hooked) maintains such a list too.


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  1. […] There’s also much more to it than that. Perplex City is – or rather, has been until very recent cancellation – also an Alternate Reality Game, where the puzzles and the stories told on the backs of the cards, combine with real-world clues and other media to act as an interactive game. Fellow eighbar-ers Ian, Roo and Nick have all blogged about it before. […]

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  2. […] fiction and reality.” An ambitious treasure-hunt ARG project, supported by the sale of collectable puzzle cards. Though not necessary to play the bigger game, the cards did provide some of the clues and […]

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