Something's afoot…


You might have noticed the image above popping up in a few places around the web. It’s turned up in a blog post, a status update, a tweet, and various other places to boot. It’s pretty cryptic, and it’s had a lot of people wondering! There’s even a thread on the Mantic Forums where people are gathering to discuss theories.

Well, it’s time to come clean!

We’re Kickstarting a rather awesome project at the end of this month (February 2014, i.e. 02/14, or “0214” in the image above, see?) and this image is the first step in a series of clues that we’re releasing online. A lot of you will already know what the project is, but I won’t spoil the fun for you! However, even if you do know what’s coming, there’s something very cool waiting at the end of the trail. Trust me, this is a puzzle you want to solve.


A series of clues with something awesome at the end. It’s basically a treasure hunt!

Best of luck finding what you’re looking for – why not report your results in the comments below? 😉


  1. Never been good at riddles but I’ll take a crack. I’m guessing the “X” has something to do with Dreadball “X”Treme?

  2. This puzzle is easy. Just use deductive reasoning, like this:

    Commissioner Gordon: It could be any one of them… But which one? Which ones?
    Batman: Pretty *fishy* what happened to me on that ladder…
    Commissioner Gordon: You mean where there’s a fish there could be a Penguin?
    Robin: But wait! It happened at sea… Sea. C for Catwoman!
    Batman: Yet, an exploding shark *was* pulling my leg…
    Commissioner Gordon: The Joker!
    Chief O’Hara: All adds up to a sinister riddle… Riddle-R. Riddler!
    Commissioner Gordon: A thought strikes me… So dreadful I scarcely dare give it utterance…
    Batman: The four of them… Their forces combined…
    Robin: Holy nightmare!

  3. I just want a fantasy version of Deadzone. Somehow. I know it won’t be this, but hey, thought I’d throw that out there.

  4. fisty ocean made me lose it. Then i noticed he was chilling out like some sort of sea monster and i lost it again. Awesome

  5. Dreadball Xtreme. But with added secrets!

  6. dwarf kings hold 4? cough….I mean yet more dreadball.

  7. Joaquin Bernabe February 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    If we accept this is a real clue, I want to say it has a directly relation with the final proyect, it could be a new region of Mantica. But there are no matches with the Mantica map in the rulebook…

    English is not my mother language so I think you guys, you could think about the names, maybe it’s a trick, any kind of double sense game.

    Palm trees… krakens… a smiling dolphin… very suspicious… it could be clues from Mantica, a new region… if we exclude the android… it seems a magic or secret island… pirates?
    It seems a fantasy world…

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