Techno Dystopia

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A Hidden Message Jigsaw Puzzle

An adventure wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a... jigsaw puzzle? Assembling the beautifully detailed world of this futuristic city reveals there's more than meets the eye. Can you keep the puzzling fun going and solve the secret message?

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Screen-free family fun

Engaging analog activity. Kids as young as 10 can decode the message on their own, or tackle it together!

Stunning, custom artwork

Escape into the amazingly detailed world of wires and robots. Expertly illustrated by Marija Tiurina.

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Premium quality jigsaw puzzle

Precision-cut jigsaw pieces with a satisfying snap. Thick, durable poster beautiful enough to frame.

Rewarding, brainy challenge

Feel accomplished after assembling the Where's Waldo-style jigsaw, or keep the fun going by solving the secret message hidden within.

Made in collaboration with M

Based on one of M's most beloved puzzles from The Master Theorem. Sure to be a puzzling hit.

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Online hints for message decoding

Extensive hints online to help you solve the hidden message. Solution checker and full explanation too.

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How it works

1. Assemble the jigsaw puzzle

Piece together the scene to see what Riley and Zip have gotten themselves into.

2. Focus on what’s changed

Some areas of the jigsaw will be different from what’s on the poster. Take note!

3. Decode Riley’s message

Break out your secret agent skills to uncover the word or phrase answer.

4. Get hints and solutions online

Head online to get hints from Zip or read Riley's full explanation.

Tips and tricks from Zip

Once you assemble the jigsaw puzzle, you'll need to decode Riley's message! But Zip's here to help! On the postcard in the box, Zip drops some useful tips to get you started. Here's the gist.

1. Note what you’re looking for Riley’s message will be a word or phrase. But it won’t be in plain sight! You’ll have to do something clever to get to it.

2. Note what’s going on Where Riley and Zip are and what they're doing hints at how you should decode. Riley and her freedom fighter pals are electrical engineers, so they aren’t going to send their message through interpretive dance.

3. Think of letters as numbers Riley’s a unique thinker—her brain often interchanges numbers with letters. So think of A as 1, B as 2, Z as 26, and vice versa. Which means you can also do math with letters! For example, A + D is E and 10 - 3 is G and Y + 2 wraps around to A, and so on.

4. Look for patterns Observe! Find examples in the assembled scene that demonstrate how things work, and use that knowledge to complete anything missing.

5. Get more help If you get stuck, don’t despair! Zip is available online 24/7 to provide detailed hints. You can also check if the answer you got is right, or read Riley's full explanation of the solution.

What's in the box

1,000 premium jigsaw puzzle pieces, about 28"x20" final puzzle size

A fun postcard from Riley explaining the story of the techno dystopia

Instructions from Zip including tips and tricks on decoding Riley's message

Full size poster with an image of the puzzle for easy reference when solving

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