Perplex City

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An Alternate Reality Game, Perplex City is a cross-media experience, played partly through each of: the web, downloadable puzzle games, newspapers, boxed products, emails, online forums, and many other media. The overarching game is in a murder/mystery style: to solve the mystery of who stole the Receda Cube, and to work out where on Earth it is now, with a $200,000 prize going to whoever finds it.

Being multi-media in the literal sense (i.e. lots of different media, not just "graphics and sound" as that term now means), each used both independently (as stand-alone experiences) and cooperatively (multiple media needing to be used simultaneously in different ways) to advance the story and allow players to play the game, it is hard to pin down into one particular genre. The bulk of the ARG is played across hundreds of proprietary websites each presented as "real", deliberately crafted to be indistinguishable from real-life websites and bona fide companies, bar hints such as the textual content of a site.

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Director of Play / Executive Producer
Lead Writer
ARG Developer
Ad Hoc Polymath
Network Sysadmin
Java Developer
Tech Team
System Architect
Head of Design
Graphic Designer
Illustrations by
Art Team
Head of Puzzles
Puzzle Designer
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Subject By Date
browser game (part 2) eXo (347) Apr 1st, 2015
browser game eXo (347) Aug 14th, 2014

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  • MobyGames ID: 18662


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Game added by Adam Martin.

Browser added by eXo.

Additional contributors: Jeanne.

Game added August 7th, 2005. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.