The last week has being pretty hectic and posts being constantly updated it is possible that you have missed an update or two, like finding a tutorial, what is the maxwell group, or what exactly is written on Sam’s desk? Or you may even be a religious follower of the game and want a refresher. Well don’t worry, because we have put together a recap where you can find everything you want to know about the first week of the game!
Part Zer0: The Build-Up
The Lost ARG (Alternate Reality Game) started out on December 28 with a strange press release from ABC. It claimed that Oceanic Airlines is back in business and revealed the new slogan of Oceanic, “Taking You Places You Never Imagined.” With a list of character specific destinations and a mysterious number, one question flooded the internet is this the launch of the long awaited sequel to The Lost Experience?
The number on the bottom of the press release belonged to Georgia Cavanagh. When fans called (818) 460-5520 they were greeted with a message, which declared a new website, flyoceanicair.com, to be launching soon. Before the site was launched it had a strange cryptic message which when decoded read “CHANGES WILL OCCUR! A KEEN EYE IS NEEDED!”
The Launch of FlyOceanicAir.com
The website officially launched on December 29. It featured a short commercial claiming again to take you places you never imagined and a link to the previously mentioned press release.
On the first day of the new year, FlyOceanicAir.com was hacked. The video was distorted during the commercial, showing flashes of Find815.com. The commercial was cut short to reveal our hero, Sam Thomas played by Rodger Corser. He told the fate of Oceanic Flight 815, that his soon-to-be fiancee, Sonya, was on that flight, and the search was to be canceled within a few hours. He said, “Oceanic wanna begin flying again, taking you places you never imagined, well, I never imagined being taken to the place I am right now.”
Part One: The Search for Flight 815
When you go to Find815.com you are greeted with an episodic video of Sam Thomas sitting in his apartment watching himself on the news. The stocks on the news ticker are the same as they were on January 13, 2006 which leads us to conclude that it is the date (thanks to Jay). On the news Sam is lashing out against Oceanic Airlines, saying he wants answers, but at home Sam receives a mysterious email complemented by a picture of Sonya.
One of these Things is Not Like the Other
After the Intro Video is over you come to the interactive portion of this chapter. Sam has taped his photo of Sonya to the screen in order to contrast it to the emailed photo. This is where you come in, you zoom in on the different areas on the photo to find 4 hidden messages. (Click to Enlarge)
After that is accomplished you will trigger the next video and second activity.
Sam replies to the unknown sender “Who are you?”, and he gets a auto reply of garbled information. But somewhere in there is the clue to find out who sent this. After sifting through the email we find mail.the-maxwell-group.com, and the next video is revealed. (click to enlarge)
If you decided to follow the information from the second activity and visited The-Maxwell-Group.com, you would find a login screen featuring the Logo for the Maxwell Group. If this image is enhanced, as Fabio found, a curled snake is revealed. The site may be useful at a later date, only time can tell.
Pack Sam’s Backpack
In between parts one and two of Chapter 1, two different versions of a puzzle game were released. In these games you will have to rearrange Sam’s belongings so they all fit in the backpack. When finished one of two clue words, Matthew or Abaddon, will be revealed. These clue words are used in the Clue Hunt. Here is the tutorial video to solve these puzzles.
The Where’s Waldo of Lost
The second part of Chapter 1 is the Clue Hunt. When you continue the story a short video is shown. Sam is walking around his bedroom, and sees the image of Sonya in an open window. Cue the Clue Hunt, scattered around Sam’s bedroom are season 1-4 clues and you have to find them. After finding the 4th clue you are sent to do the Pack Sam’s Backpack puzzle game, then input either Matthew or Abaddon into the code box. The final clue is the Oceanic Hotline number (888) 548-0034, when called it gives the same voice mail as before by Georgia Cavanaugh.
The last update of chapter 1 is the video diary. It resembles the video shown on the hacked FlyOceanicAir.com website, except we are given more information about Sonya.
Part Two: Sam Thomas’ Workspace
When you click on Sam’s Desk, you given a top down view of the desk. There are three interactive items on the desk: a laptop, a phone, and a flight manifest.
There is one message left by Sam’s “mum” telling him that she is worried about him.
The Flight Manifest has the names and descriptions of nine main characters on Lost.
On top of the desk is a faint overlay of math equations. When the flash is decompiled, a hidden image is revealed.
Part Three: Messages from the Web
Along with the emails that were in the activity, there are three received emails. Click to Enlarge.
Here are the messages that Sam has sent, including the secret message that was pulled soon after it was released on the website.
Part Four: Sites of Interest
On Sam’s laptop there are two websites the first of which is Fly Oceanic Air. Sam was the one that hacked it, and since then it has been on his laptop.
The Sunda Trench was revealed during the first activity in Part 1. Sam is doing some research on the trench and from what we can tell from the emails, he plans to visit it.
Part Five: Oceanic Ad Campaign
Locations, Slogans, & Characters
On the same day as FlyOceanicAir.com Launched the first billboard appeared in Portland, OR. Ever since then new billboards have been popping up every day at locations that mirror the destinations of Oceanic Air. (All Images Click to Enlarge)
Knoxville, TN (Sawyer): “Find your way back to LA.”
(enhanced image, Thanks to The ODI)
Seoul, South Korea (Sun, Jin): “You have arrived at your ultimate destination”
(enhanced image, Thanks to The ODI)
Sydney, Australia (Claire): “Fly to LA.”
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