Interactive Puzzle Stories

PuzzleTales are short stories with puzzles between chapters that you solve to unlock the next part of the story.

You are about to embark on a unique puzzle solving experience with a sci-fi short story called Svalbard. Travel along with Mai as she explores a utopian post-apocalyptic world and discovers ancient time vaults, forgotten robot enclaves and slumbering super computers. Help her scavenge for old technology in the ruined cities and discover ancient secrets about previous civilizations. Between chapters of the story, you will encounter a variety of different puzzles that you must solve to unlock the next chapter. There are multiple paths through this non-linear story, and many secrets to discover as you play along.

Do you have the mental fortitude necessary to conquer all 25+ puzzles and unlock the entire story?

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Lavie Tidhar
Lavie Tidhar
Story Author

Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama (2011), the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winner for A Man Lies Dreaming (2014), and the Campbell Award winner for Central Station (2016), in addition to many other works and several other awards.

Jake Olefsky
Jake Olefsky
Puzzle Author

Jake Olefsky is the founder of, which contains the worlds largest collection of brain teasers, riddles and puzzles. In addition to creating numerous successful websites, he has spent decades creating and solving puzzles of all kinds.

Each chapter will have one or more puzzles that thematically ties into the story. It may be a crossword puzzle, a sudoku or a cryptogram that you need to solve. Every puzzle is unique and there will be a wide variety of word puzzles, logic puzzles, math puzzles, and other challenges to keep you entertained.

Puzzle Sample 1 Puzzle Sample 2 Puzzle Sample 3

If you get stuck, don't worry. This website can provide you with as many hints as you need to get past any roadblock. The puzzles have been designed to be fun and challenging, but not frustrating. There are always multiple paths to try, so you can put down one puzzle and try another. Sometimes that helps. But if you get truly stuck on something, try a hint and let us know. We're here to help you complete the experience.

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