The Secret Device is an enigmatic, steampunk combination lock created as the main interaction point of Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy 2 alternate reality game.
Over the series of 12 weeks, followers of the game would be presented with clues and puzzles that would reveal to them a series of 3 numbers (Combinations) to dial into this device.
They would subsequently be given clues and each week have to find a new combination.
Ultimately, I don’t think more than about a hundred people made it past the 2nd level – This fact really bums me out as extreme amounts of time and polish were put into some incredible 3d animations and content presentations. I encourage you to visit the archive link at the top of this post as I’ve added some cheat buttons to allow you to see all of the animations.
Regardless, this project was incredible to work on and still is (in my opinion) one of the most unique pieces of interactive design I’ve ever managed to create.
role: Interactive Art Direction, Lead Designer