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ARG Tools is a set of tools, reference material, and links for anyone who plays Alternate Reality Games, participates in transmedia storytelling, or solves puzzle trails. The tools range from decoder-ring style codebreaking to countdown timer prediction. The reference material includes word frequency, morse code, semaphore, and more.

Included in this package are:
• Dictionary:
  ◦ Search for words matching patterns (e.g. all possible crossword answers)
• Encoding/Decoding:
  ◦ ROT-N (from 1 to 26, including ROT-13)
  ◦ BASE64
  ◦ Vigenere / Beaufort
  ◦ Transposition
  ◦ Substitution
• Character Encodings
  ◦ Braille
  ◦ Fingerspelling
  ◦ Letters to numbers (1..26) and ASCII
  ◦ Nautical Flags
  ◦ Moon Alphabet
  ◦ Morse code (two representations)
  ◦ Myst D'ni Glyphs
  ◦ Phonetic alphabet
  ◦ Pigpen Cipher (two representations)
  ◦ Roman Numerals
  ◦ Semaphore (two representations)
• Tools and Reference
  ◦ A red/green/blue color mixer with hex and decimal values
  ◦ A list of common English words, letters, letter pairs
  ◦ Billiard ball colors
  ◦ Countdown timer prediction
  ◦ Dart board scoring
  ◦ Dewey Decimal System
  ◦ ISO Country Codes
  ◦ Mathematical Constants, Prime Numbers
  ◦ Music Notes and their Frequencies
  ◦ Planets
  ◦ Periodic Table
  ◦ Resistor Color Codes
  ◦ Zodiac, Chinese Zodiac
  ◦ Quick access to Google, Wikipedia, Sudoku Step-Solving, Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences

The design goals of this application include:
• Easy to use in the field
• Downloadable over the air so you can quickly obtain it without computer access
• Free-as-in-beer!

What’s New

Version 2.1

New in version 2.1:
• Pattern matching now has RegEx-like bracket syntax. Brackets work like the question mark, but limit the match to any letter within the brackets instead of any letter at all.
• Billiard ball colors
• Dart board scoring
• Planets
• Integrated news update system
• Added link to Puzzle Hunt Calendar
• Fixed UI crash bug in pattern matching

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Scootch Tastic! ,

A Wonderful App

Everything you'll ever need. Never had an issue ever since I had it. Since this is now a Legacy App it's awesome they created a new app for people using iOS 10 and above.

Skylon7 ,

Nifty App

This is a very useful app. I like all of the information igives on encoding/decoding. The only problem: I can't find the dictionary it talks about.

blujoker ,

Useful Tool

Wish I had something like this for a couple ARGs. Handy to have a bunch of tools in one place.


Brian Enigma
5.5 MB

Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2012


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