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The Black Watchmen

Release date:
6/24/2015
Developer:
Alice & Smith
Platforms:
Windows PC,  Mac
Publisher:
Alice & Smith

The Black Watchmen Review

A PARG (Permanent Alternate Reality Game), like The Black Watchmen, uses the real world as its game world, blurring the lines between fiction and reality. You'll find yourself investigating in-game & online, using the web and interacting with websites, companies and NPCs we have created.

Warning:


If this is your first Alternate Reality Game, please take the time to try the demo. The Black Watchmen is unlike any other game on Steam. You will have the opportunity to complete tasks unique to PARGs. You must be prepared: There is no virtual world, and you have no in-game avatar. You have an agent name, and the whole web to investigate for NPCs, fake websites and stories that blend the real word with our fiction. Several times during missions, you will be interacting with real world entities (players, businesses, organizations, etc.).

You will not be able to complete this game alone. Only with the help of the community will you be able to rise through the ranks, and become a veteran agent of The Black Watchmen.

Pricing

You are buying Season 1, which gives you access to:
  • 25 in-game missions
  • 65 puzzles to solve
  • 5 hidden missions (unlocked by obtaining puzzle pieces or secret answers in-game)
  • Community sandbox missions

Season 2 is an optional DLC and includes:
  • 30 in-game missions featuring an expanded narrative
  • 82 puzzles to solve
  • 5 new hidden missions

The World of The Black Watchmen


The Black Watchmen are a paramilitary group dedicated to protecting the public from dangerous phenomena beyond human understanding: ritualistic murder, occult secret societies, and paranormal activity, to name but a few.

As a global organization, The Black Watchmen offer a wide range of skills and services for covert missions anywhere in the world, on behalf of any group, corporation or government that can afford them. Often called in as a last resort, The Black Watchmen pride themselves on their discretion, strength and efficiency.

To maintain objectivity in the field, you, as an agent, are never informed of the identity of the client. You are given only mission parameters and told how to distinguish friend from foe, but the lines are often blurred

Gameplay Features

  • Gameplay: Different missions require different skill-sets.
    • Crack ancient codes and investigate bizarre occurrences
    • Join a squadron of soldiers raiding a rupture site
    • Hack through the virtual defenses of your enemies
    • Research an occult group and uncover hidden connections
  • All Around You: The game is played using coded websites, wikis and real world references.
  • Mission Hub: An interface that acts as a hub for information, mission briefings, puzzles, and more.
  • Agent Map: See the locations of your fellow agents around the world, and keep an eye out for potential location-based missions.
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