Is it a boardgame? A VR game? A mobile app, or treasure hunt? Or all of the above…
This would normally be where I write a pithy couple of sentences about NewThing(tm) that sums up what it is, and why we think NewThing(tm) is cool. But, uh…
Look, I have no idea how to do that with The Enigma Box. Which, I guess, is kinda fitting.
The Enigma box is… a thing that recently launched on Kickstarter. At it’s simplest, it is a puzzle, to be solved alone, or with friends, but there’s also nothing simple about it. It combines a boardgame, augmented reality, virtual reality, card-based clues, strange, hidden tools, combined with 3D printing, graphene keys, NFC chips and… Look, here’s what the guys making it have to say:
We want to offer you a challenge and an experience based on historical events, full of enigmas and mysteries that will test your wits. This challenge is for adventurers, gamers, mystery seekers, puzzle-solvers and the curious minded who want to immerse themselves in the biggest collection of enigmas ever. Using the most advanced technology you will travel to incredible locations around the world without leaving your front room.
Not really helping, is it. Like the matrix, I suspect this is something you can really only get once you have one in front of you, and by then you’ll be sucked into an apparent ‘6000 minutes’ of puzzles, all aiming to unlock the Arcanum Arcanorum.
The Enigma Box might also be based on a real, historical puzzle, too, but I legit cannot tell if that’s hype or not.
But I can tell you this: I know a good dozen people that if I put this in front of them they’d be engrossed within seconds. You can learn more (well, a bit more) about The Enigma Box – which has been backed by the way, but is still up for 27 more days of crowdfunding – here.