Become a Secret Agent and investigate paranormal activities in this dark Lovecraftian universe. This Alternate Reality Game will have you explore complex puzzles in-game but also in real-life; interacting with real websites, companies, and NPCs that we created as part of our universe.
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Very Positive (32) - 81% of the 32 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (382) - 89% of the 382 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 25, 2015

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March 23

Community Challenge: Hidden in Plain Sight

Take a photo of something (or someone) cleverly disguised and share it with us!

Forum thread here!
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November 23, 2017

Christmas 2017 DLC

Agent, your expertise is needed for a special operation. Rumors have emerged of the return of Whitechapel. Some of you may recall the incident in 2012, we must act swiftly. Stand by for further instructions.


Every owner of The Black Watchmen will get this DLC for free. It also includes access to a 4 day live event between Dec 20nd and Dec 23rd involving real life action, phone calls and much more.

As always, you can reach us on Discord or in the forums. We are grateful for your support and hope you enjoy the ever-evolving Black Watchmen universe!
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“If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, The Black Watchmen is an excellent introduction to alternate reality games, successfully merging an engaging fictional world with real-world activities and challenging puzzles that are best solved collaboratively with other players.”
4.5/5 – Adventure Gamers

“The puzzles are clever, the storyline is engaging, and the eerie background music and creepy videos help set the stage for sinister happenings.”
5/5 – Gameinformer

“It gains a fantastic sense of a world, a real mystery to sink into, a web of secrets on the web, a sense of being part of something bigger.”
Positive – Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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About This Game

A PARG (Permanent Alternate Reality Game), like The Black Watchmen, uses the real world as its game world, blurring the lines between fiction and reality. You'll find yourself investigating in-game & online, using the web and interacting with websites, companies and NPCs we have created.


If this is your first Alternate Reality Game, please take the time to try the demo. The Black Watchmen is unlike any other game on Steam. You will have the opportunity to complete tasks unique to PARGs. You must be prepared: There is no virtual world, and you have no in-game avatar. You have an agent name, and the whole web to investigate for NPCs, fake websites and stories that blend the real word with our fiction. Several times during missions, you will be interacting with real world entities (players, businesses, organizations, etc.).

You will not be able to complete this game alone. Only with the help of the community will you be able to rise through the ranks, and become a veteran agent of The Black Watchmen.


You are buying Season 1, which gives you access to:
  • 25 in-game missions
  • 65 puzzles to solve
  • 5 hidden missions (unlocked by obtaining “puzzle pieces” or secret answers in-game)
  • Community sandbox missions

Season 2 is an optional DLC and includes:
  • 30 in-game missions featuring an expanded narrative
  • 82 puzzles to solve
  • 5 new hidden missions

The World of The Black Watchmen

The Black Watchmen are a paramilitary group dedicated to protecting the public from dangerous phenomena beyond human understanding: ritualistic murder, occult secret societies, and paranormal activity, to name but a few.

As a global organization, The Black Watchmen offer a wide range of skills and services for covert missions anywhere in the world, on behalf of any group, corporation or government that can afford them. Often called in as a last resort, The Black Watchmen pride themselves on their discretion, strength and efficiency.

To maintain objectivity in the field, you, as an agent, are never informed of the identity of the client. You are given only mission parameters and told how to distinguish friend from foe, but the lines are often blurred…

Gameplay Features

  • Gameplay: Different missions require different skill-sets.
    • Crack ancient codes and investigate bizarre occurrences
    • Join a squadron of soldiers raiding a rupture site
    • Hack through the virtual defenses of your enemies
    • Research an occult group and uncover hidden connections
  • All Around You: The game is played using coded websites, wikis and real world references.
  • Mission Hub: An interface that acts as a hub for information, mission briefings, puzzles, and more.
  • Agent Map: See the locations of your fellow agents around the world, and keep an eye out for potential location-based missions.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1280x720
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1920x1080
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1280x720
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1920x1080
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