In 2005, a British company developed an alternate reality game (ARG) called Perplex City. ARGs are played in the real world and use different mediums to deliver a fictional story to players. The goal was to discover a hidden cube buried with 100,000 GBP somewhere in the world. Players had to solve 256 puzzles to get clues to its location. The cube was found in 2007 ending the game officially. However, one card remains unsolved: A picture, a name and “Find me!” written in Japanese.
A group, led by Laura Hall, never gave up. As the internet and technology changed, the group kept coming back to that unsolvable puzzle. Laura’s life was transformed by the search. At the end of 2020, after 14 years, Laura and her online community found the man in that photograph – Satoshi Shimojima from Japan. This is the story of the longest global hide-and-seek puzzle game ever created.