Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Release date:
Spring, 2014



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A mysterious thief has boasted that he will pull off an amazing art heist during the Northern Spark festival. The city’s best detectives are on alert, but he seems to anticipate their every move. Which museum will he hit? And why is he leaving clues about his plans? Meanwhile, a group of urban explorers makes a remarkable discovery beneath the streets of Minneapolis. When some of them go missing, our detectives must follow their trail—but do they want to be found? And then there’s that lost cat...


MysteryPhone: Art of Darkness is a cross-platform (iOS, Android) app that provides an interactive story. Unfolding location-based narrative and interactions with virtual characters reveal aspects of this hidden world. The story launched June 9th, 2014 and lead up to the night of the Northern Spark festival on June 14th, with an epilogue released the next day. It relaunched for a week surrounding the Minneapolis and Northern Lights Creative City Challenge for their Play Day on July 19th. Players, or rather Detectives, could begin their story ahead of time, or at the events. The story could be experienced in many ways, and whether participants wanted to dig as deep as possible into the multiple mysteries or merely casually follow along, they become a vital part of the story.


  • Cross platform to iOS and Android
  • Realtime location based storytelling
  • Narrative designed around the actual locations you inhabit
  • Many endings and level of reveal for players


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Selected Funded Project by Northern Spark" Minneapolis, MN, June 2014

Selected Articles

  • "Jerry Belich has a heart of noir. He works his evil in the dark places of your city. But you, detective, will light a spark."
    - Pat Harrigan, Northern Spark

About Jerrytron

Jerry Belich is an alternative game designer, using hardware, electronics, and software to create immersive interactive and storytelling experiences. He went independent in 2013 after a decade of professional software development, now consulting for other indies and companies in game design, narrative writing, and installation work. His first hardware project, the award winning Choosatron, has traveled all over the world, featured at dozens of events, and sparked imaginations all along the way! He plans on continuing creating his own inventions and games, and hopes to help many others to do the same through his talks, workshops, and being open about his own work.

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MysteryPhone: Art of Darkness Credits

Jerry Belich
Developer / Designer

David Pisa
Story Director

Megan Dowd
Project Manager

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