Standing for "Alternate Reality Game", the Heartbound ARG takes place out of the game, implementing websites and other online resources to reveal details about the game prior to release. ARGs usually take place both online and in the real world, however, as of writing, Heartbound's ARG takes place solely online.

[Pirate_Software#Jason_Thor_Hall|Thor]] has long had an interest in ciphers, puzzles, and ARGs, and often attends DEF CON. As such, he decided to create an ARG for Heartbound. This ARG started long before the game was released, and as of writing has revealed both story hints and auto-translation codes for Guardian and Darksider Glyphs.


These pages contain solutions to the ARG. Avoid reading ahead if you want to solve the puzzles yourself.

Chapter 1

  1. Glowbringer
  2. Darksider
  3. Guardian
  4. The Virtue
  5. Don't Hit That Button
  6. Chapter 1 Summary

Chapter 2

  1. See Me Say Me
  2. Pact
  3. Why Are You Here Usurper
  4. What Is It You Want Then
  5. Who Will Benefit From This
  6. You Will Help Me First
  7. Do You Agree
  8. Sealed
  9. Chapter 2 Summary

Chapter 3

  1. Strings
  2. What Have You Done
  3. The Sound Of Silence
  4. Into The Abyss
  5. Chapter 3 Summary

Chapter 4 (ongoing)

  1. The Choice
  2. Broken Heart
  3. Missing Heart
  4. Burning Heart
  5. ARG:Frosty Heart
  6. Lucky
  7. Chapter 4 summary