ARG Tools

ARG Tools

screenshot1*NOTE* This application is no longer being updated, but will continue to work for the foreseeable future on iOS versions up to 6. An ARG Tools redesigned for iOS 7 is available under the name “Puzzle Sidekick.”

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 letter/word frequency, common passwords, letter representations, and more.

Included in this package are:

  • Encoding/Decoding:
  • ROT-N (from 1 to 26, including ROT-13)
  • BASE64
  • Vigenere / Beaufort
  • Transposition
  • Substitution
  • Countdown timer prediction
  • A list of common English words
  • Morse code
  • Braille
  • Semaphore
  • Roman numerals
  • Zodiac
  • Chinese zodiac
  • Quick access to Google searches

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!

To suggest additional tools or reference sheets, or for application support, please contact


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