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"I loved how it freaked out my family . . . you’ll find yourself questioning what’s real and what’s part of the game."

- Becca Smith, GameSpew

"If you’re interested in learning more about Subtext, play the demo. Even if you don’t think you’re interested in the full experience, play the demo: it’s that good."

- Michael Andersen, ARGNet

You get a text from someone you don't know. They say they've been kidnapped, and they need your help to escape. Do you trust them? Do they trust you? Will they make it out alive?

Subtext is an Alternate Reality Game (ARG). The game plays out in real time through actual text messages, phone calls, emails, etc. that you receive from characters. Along the way, you'll need to solve puzzles, break into systems, and use social engineering to unravel the story of a mysterious research facility and a person who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.


For more information, and to play the free demo, visit subtextgame.com

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Here is part 1 of this fantastic ARG. I really enjoyed everything so far. A bit difficult to record but otherwise a great experiance so far.

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That was a fun experience! I think playing it on a computer in a short period of time does take away from it tho. I think playing it over two or three days with messages coming when you don't expect them probably makes it more immersive.

But the way you set it up made it pretty easy for recording (except that night thing :) ) and it would have been troublesome to record it under "normal" play conditions.

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Wow, thanks for the video! It's really cool to get to see how people react as they play it. Glad you found the easter egg with the website at the end.

Don't trust anyone!

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Subtext is a relatively short game, but it packs in a lot of clever ideas--about AI, trust, psychological manipulation--and some jaw-dropping twists.  I highly recommend it, including the "Extended Contact"!