ARG Tools 2.0, now with more dictionary

ARG Tools, the iPhone app that gives you puzzle-solving tools and reference in your pocket just got a dictionary.  You may already know of ARG Tools, but in case you haven’t, it’s an iPhone app that provides a set of tools, reference material, and links for anyone who plays Alternate Reality Games, participates in transmedia storytelling, or solves puzzle trails and hunts. The tools range from decoder-ring style codebreaking to countdown timer prediction. The reference material includes word frequency, morse code, semaphore, and more.

The key feature added to 2.0 is a dictionary engine that lets you search for words through pattern matching.  This is useful for crosswords and cryptograms.  Need a five letter word starting with NI?  Punch in “NI???” and see results like NINJA and NINES.  Version 2.0 also gives you a red/green/blue color mixer in hex and decimal, several alternate views of code sheets (Morse code as a tree, pigpen as a grid, semaphore as geometric vectors).

Morse code tree
Morse code tree

color mixer
color mixer

In addition to this, you continue to get all the existing great features:

  • Encoding/Decoding:
    •   ROT-N (from 1 to 26, including ROT-13)
    •   BASE64
    •   Vigenere / Beaufort
    •   Transposition
    •   Substitution
  • Character Encodings
    • Braille
    • Fingerspelling
    • Letters to numbers (1..26) and ASCII
    • Nautical Flags
    • Moon Alphabet
    • Morse code
    • Myst D’ni Glyphs
    • Phonetic alphabet
    • Pigpen Cipher
    • Roman Numerals
    • Semaphore
  • Tools and Reference
    • A list of common English words, letters, letter pairs
    • Countdown timer prediction
    • Dewey Decimal System
    • ISO Country Codes
    • Mathematical Constants, Prime Numbers
    • Music Notes and their Frequencies
    • Periodic Table
    • Resistor Color Codes
    • Zodiac, Chinese Zodiac
    • Quick access to Google, Wikipedia, Sudoku Step-Solving, Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences

The design goals of this application continue to be:

  • Easy to use in the field
  • Downloadable over the air so you can quickly obtain it without computer access
  • Free-as-in-beer!

Main Menu 1
Main Menu 1

Main Menu 2
Main Menu 2

Word Pattern Searches
Word Pattern Searches



Did I mention it’s free?  Go find it on the app store!


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Brian Enigma

Brian Enigma is a Portlander, manipulator of atoms & bits, minor-league blogger, and all-around great guy. He typically writes about the interesting “maker” projects he's working on, but sometimes veers off into puzzles, software, games, local news, and current events.

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