This brief guide is designed to help new players add friends in the game.
Note - the Secret Society game was released in November 2012, however the friends section was not added until version 1.3 in April 2013. As a result the friends section is still a work in progress, and integration into the game is not perfect.
Friends Section and Adding Friends Edit
Main page: Friends Section
To access the Friends section of the game press the ‘Friends' icon on the bottom right hand side of your home desktop. There are 6 tabs in total in the box that opens.
There are two main ways of making friends in the game - using codes to add particular players or using the in-built random invite system. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but for the most part exchanging codes with other players in places such as the Friend Code Exchange board on the Forum here or on other websites/communities for the game seems to be the most effective way of doing it. The biggest advantage of using codes is that it gives you the opportunity to talk to the players you make friends with, which helps in finding people with similar game playing habits.
1) Adding Friends by Code: Edit
Open the friends section by tapping on the Friends Icon on bottom right hand side of your Home Desktop when you are playing the game.
Go to the 'Add by Code' tab (number 5 on Friends page).
Press the green 'Invite' button in the 'Invitation code' box on the left hand side and a 6-digit code will be displayed. This is your current invite code, which other people can use to invite you to be their friend. Post it here or on online forums for the game so people can use it. Once they invite you, you will have to accept their invite before you become friends.
Alternatively, in the 'Invitation from friend' box on the right hand side, press the green 'Enter' button and a keyboard will appear allowing you to type in the 6-digit code posted by other players, either here or on other forums for the game. Once you invite someone, you will have to wait until they accept your invitation before you become friends.
Note: the codes only work for 4-5 uses, then a new friend code is automatically generated, so you have to keep checking your own code to make sure it hasn't changed, and don't get disparaged if many of the codes you try don't work - they get used up very, very quickly so if you aren't one of the first 4 people to see a post with a code then chances are you won't be able to use it. You will get a "you have entered an incorrect code" message if a code has expired or if you are already friends with that player.
Once you have invited someone, or they have invited you, there is still another step that must be completed before they appear on your friends list. The invitee must accept the invitation (or they can also reject it).
Open the friends section of the game again.
Go to the 'Waiting' tab (number 3 on friends page). Here you will see all the people you have invited to be friends, along with all the people who have sent you invitations.
a) if you invited someone to be friends they will appear in your waiting room until either they accept or reject your invitation. There is nothing you can do here. Once they accept your invitation, they will automatically be added to your Friends list.
b) if someone else invited you to be friends, they will also appear in your waiting room. But they will have two buttons under their name/info. There is a green 'Accept' button and a red 'Reject' button. If you press Accept then they will be automatically added to your friends list (and will disappear from the Waiting Room). If you press Reject then they will not be added to your friends list (and will disappear from the Waiting Room). They will not be notified that you rejected their request, but you will also disappear from their Waiting Room.
2) Adding friends by random Invite System: Edit
Every 8 hours, the game generates 6 random people who could be potential friends. You will find them in the 'Invite' tab of the friends section (number 2 on friends page). Pressing 'Add' will send a friend request to that person. They will appear in your Waiting Room until they either accept or reject your invitation. If they accept they will be automatically added to your friends list. If they reject the invitation, they will automatically disappear from the Waiting Room.
Where to find new friends online using codes Edit
Below are just some of the many active online communities that facilitate the exchange of friend codes between players who are looking to make new game friends. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but is a good starting point for new players who would like to increase their number of friends:
- The Secret Society - Hidden Mystery Wiki forum (internal link)
- Official Facebook page for The Secret Society - Hidden Mystery game (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Kindle) (external link)
- Official Facebook page for The Secret Society - Hidden Mystery game (Facebook version of game) (external link)
- Gabbygamers The Secret Society: Hidden Mystery Game Guides Forum (external link)
- Secret Society: Hidden Mystery forum (forumotion) (external link)
- Amazon App Store's The Secret Society Hidden Mystery forum (external link)
- Chaptercheats The Secret Society: Hidden Mystery Questions for iPhone-iPod (external link)