Eye Sigil ARG
|Eye Sigil ARG|
|The Eye ARG, also known as the Sigil or Eye Sigil ARG, began in 2014 and involves at least 10 otherwise unrelated indie games which all contain a hidden symbol and a unique puzzle piece which forms part of a larger "map".|
|Discovered||January 25th, 2016|
The Strange Glyph
On or around January 25th, 2016, a strange image was found in the SteamApp root directory of the game "Crypt of the Necrodancer". While this image had been found long before, its purpose remained unknown until another glyph was obtained, this time by snooping through the original image using a hex editor. Still, no clear answers about the images would emerge, until...
A Shared Mystery
By a combination of astute observation and dumb luck, it was discovered that the initial image found in Crypt of the Necrodancer, coined "the sigil", was present in other games as well. In each game where it is present, the sigil is accompanied by a second, hidden glyph. Sometimes, the glyph will become visible after completing a challenge in the game. In certain circumstances, the glyph has only been recovered using data-mining strategies (ie digging through the files/assets of the game).
The Big Picture
After several glyphs had been discovered, some began to wonder if, perhaps, each glyph was intended to be joined together to form a larger puzzle, which could then be applied somehow, either as a cipher or otherwise, in order to gain new information. While it is not certain how these pieces ought to be assembled, various guesses have been made as to their configuration. It is also currently assumed that we don't have all of the pieces yet, and so are still searching for sigils in games.
You can now give it the puzzle a try yourself with a tool made by DukeBG, making it easy to place an rotate the puzzle pieces yourself. Give it a go!
Possible solutions to the puzzle (ie configuring the pieces into one uniform image) include:
|Example One||Example Two||Example Three||Example Four||Example Five Option 1||Example Five Option 2|
Please note that some older versions of the assembled puzzle no longer include all current pieces, as they were created prior to those pieces' discoveries.
If you want to give puzzle assemble a shot yourself, two up-to-date albums are available, one with all the pieces & sigils in their original format and one with labeled PNG versions of each piece, re-sized so their circles match in diameter. Historically, flipping and rotating of pieces is acceptable during assembly, however skewing/stretching/re-sizing of the piece is not. Piece overlap is encouraged, as it helps confirm a piece's true orientation.
Commonality Between the Games
The question of whether or not the games involved with this ARG are linked in some way has proven very difficult to answer. It was first postulated that each games' developers had attended Indiecade, however later discovery of additional games sunk this theory. For now, a consistent, viable theory of connection is lacking. However, coming up with one that works could be the key to finding the rest of the sigil-containing games.
|No.||Found In||Store||Price||Release date||Sigil Added||Sigil Location||Sigil Image||Solution||Puzzle piece||Video|
|1||Crypt of the Necrodancer||Steam GOG||$14.99||2015, Apr 25th||May 29, 2015||Image hidden in the steam game folder||Hidden inside steam game files||YouTube|
|2||Mini metro||Steam GOG iOS||$9.99||2015, Nov 6th||2015, Feb 13th||Sigil appears by going back and forth between credits and menu||Puzzle piece is obtained by recreating the sigil.||YouTube|
|3||Legend of Dungeon||Steam||$9.99||2013, Sep 13th||2105, Dec 8th||Puzzle piece is on the 27th floor after finding the sigil.||Sigil appears when clicking the dwarf in the pause menu.||YouTube|
|4||The Magic Circle||Steam||$19.99||2015, July 9th||Before 2015, July 14th||Sigil appears on the door of an airlock.||Puzzle piece appears above the room with the airlock.||YouTube|
|5||Neon Struct||Steam||$17.99||2015, May 20th||2015, May 20th||Sigil appears on the shirt of a character named "Stranger".||Puzzle piece found by playing through the game talking to all strangers, getting all geocaches, saving a displacement orb for the end, and throwing it past the ending trigger.||YouTube|
|6||Mos Speedrun 2||Steam Android iOS||$8.99||2015, Sept 3rd||2015, Oct 15th||Sigil appears in a secret area reached by jumping through a roof tile in stage 3-4. Puzzle piece found by solving all secrets in the game up to the final puzzle.||The puzzle piece appears in a hidden area on level 3-3.||YouTube|
|7||Flickers||Website||$0.00||2015, Nov 1st||2015, Nov 9th||Sigil appears on tree shortly into the game.||Piece appears when speedrunning the level.||YouTube|
|8||Sokobond||Steam GOG||$9.99||2014, Jan 21st||2015, Jan 31st||Sigil appears whenever you solve a level with a solution involving hydrogen. When this happens, it appears with a count of such solutions you have made (out of 12).||The sigil will appear on screen once the solution is completed.||YouTube|
|9||Moon Hunters||Steam GOG||$14.99||2016, Mar 10th||2016, Feb 9th||Sigil appears in some levels as a statue structure. In multiplayer, two people have to perform a specific pose while standing on the sigil to obtain the puzzle piece.||The sigil will appear on screen once the solution is completed.||YouTube|
|10||Soda Drinker Pro||Steam||$9.99||2016, Apr 13th||2016, Apr 20th||Sigil appears in the corner of the room in Level 2.||Puzzle piece found by glitching through wall.||YouTube|
|11||Bellular Hexatosis||itch.io||$0.00||2015, Nov 6th||2016, June 20th||Sigil is visible at the start of the game. Clicking on the sigil causes it to spin.||Puzzle piece found by clicking the colored mushrooms found elsewhere in the game in the order the sigil displays after spinning.||YouTube|
|12||Slide the Shakes||Android iOS||$0.00||2016, Feb 24th||Unknown||Sigil appears in the corner of the room in Level 88. Morse code hidden in the level spells out "ARCHUSB".||N/A||N/A|
|.||Souls of Darkness||itch.io||$8.00||2016, Jan 2nd||2016, Jan 2nd||Sigil appears next to the name of the map. Symbols underneath the sigil correspond to a series of numbers.||N/A||YouTube|
|.||Kingdom of Loathing||Website||$0.00||2003, Oct 2nd||2014, Oct 3rd||Sigil appears on first visit to The Secret Government Laboratory.||N/A||Not Found||YouTube|