Unlike the in-person missions, Operation: Exit Sandman is a completely virtual experience, so there are three important things to remember:
- ALWAYS use the most recently opened tab! Yes, a lot of tabs will open. But, going back to prior tabs may result in you finding old clues or puzzles that no longer work.
- Record everything in your Case File! Don’t skip because you could solve a problem in your head. You never know what information will be needed on future puzzles.
- Carefully read all the instructions on the screens AND in the Case File! Both contain valuable information to help you on your mission.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Should I use a computer or will a phone or tablet work?
A: While we recommend a computer, you can use any of them so long as you have an internet connection.
Q: I don’t have time to finish. Can I quit and come back to the game later?
A: You can if you keep your most recent tab open. If you cannot leave the tab open, make sure to bookmark it so you go back to where you were.
Q: How do I move around in the virtual space?
A: This is not like our other 3D Virtual Field Trips where you move around by clicking locations or using arrow keys. You need to find the blue dots. They will give you links to jump to the next drone. Some are hidden - use your mouse to click and drag (or your finger on a mobile device) to look around if you don’t see it right away.
Q: Where do I get my Case File?
A: Director Angstrom will provide you a link as you start the mission (see button above). Make sure to download your Case File and print it or keep it open in a separate tab. We do recommend having scratch paper if you do not print out your Case File.
Q: May I use my keyboard arrow keys to move through the puzzles instead of the onscreen arrow?
A: No. The slides are linked using the on-screen arrows, so please use them. Using the arrow on the keyboard may take you to the wrong slide.
Q: What do I do if I get stuck?
A: Make sure to read ALL the instructions in the Case File and on the screen. There are also buttons in the puzzles to ask Agent Gemini for hints.
Q: May I close the old tabs when I’m done with them?
A: You can, but make sure that you have recorded all information from them in your Case File. If you miss important information, you will need to backtrack through the game or even have to restart the game to get the information you need.