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Where good information comes to die. This article details hints and tips that used to apply to the The Secret Society: Hidden Mystery game. With each new update to the game, some game characteristics are changed, glitches are fixed, and problems are solved. Hints, tips, and troubleshooting ideas that used to be important are no longer relevant. If you have read an tip/cheat/warning about this game and cannot get it to work for you, it may have been removed by a previous update. Check this page to see if the information is now updated. Old hints and troubleshooting information is listed along with the update that removed them.

Talisman Extension HintEdit

Note: The Treasure Island Update removed this feature from the game - Talismans and Artefacts now count down continuously during picture/puzzle investigations, there is no way to extend their lifespan.

Old hint: Talisman and Artefact timers count down continuously unless you are playing a picture or a puzzle. In order to stretch out the life span of a Talisman, leave the game in a picture or a puzzle if you want to take a break. Use the pause button during a picture investigation or a puzzle game, or leave the picture/puzzle on the rewards screen after you have successfully completed them. This way the timers will not count down until you resume playing. Be careful to make sure your device is set to never lock the screen if doing this on an older device as some devices will crash out of the game if left long enough for the screen to turn off, and you may potentially lose you picture or puzzle win streak.

Halloween2014 Update Missing Wishlists Edit

During the Halloween2014 Update, the wishlists updating system was disabled. This meant that most players wishlists were not visible to their friends. The only time the wishlists could be seen was when two friends were connected to the same game server at the same time.

Tavern Update and Game Crashes in the gifts section (iOS only) Edit

My game crashes every time I try to access gifts - June 2014 to September 2014Edit

Update 10th September 2014: The Treasure Island Update has fixed the gift crash. To access your crashing gifts and clear your gift boxes you must download version 1.10 of the game from the App Store. The Treasure Island Update is currently only available for iOS devices through the Apple App Store, updates for platforms are still pending, and may take a couple of weeks. However, this problem only affects iOS devices, so there is no need for other platforms to take the update if they are worried about gift crashes, as it won't change anything for them when it is released.

Original Answer: This is a known problem that the vast majority of ipad players updated to the Tavern update are suffering from. It was caused by a combination of 2 things 1) the tavern update changing how the friends section of the game's files are stored and used on your device and 2) The akamaihd.net provider Facebook uses to host images changed the way they want images accessed, which made all the links for Facebook pictures used as avatars in the game longer.

The result is some (but not all or even most) Facebook avatars are missing their file extensions in the folder they are stored in on your device. When the game tries to access these photos it finds a file that isn't a photo (because it is missing the ".jpeg") and doesn't know what to do. This causes it to crash. So when you go to your inbox and there is a gift from a friend with one of these problematic photos the game tries to load the avatar, finds a file it can't read, and crashes. Every time you try to open a page of your inbox that contains a gift/thank you from that friend. It doesn't affect android or kindle devices as unlike iOS devices they are simply able to display a black blank space instead of the missing photo.

The solution is actually quite easy - add the file extensions back. Then you will be able to access all your old gifts and any new gifts from that friend will be fine as well. The problem may come back if you add a new friend who happens to have a Facebook picture as their avatar that has a long url cutting the .jpeg off on your devices files, or if one of your existing friends changes their avatar to a (new) Ffacebook avatar that is missing its file extension on your device. But the fix will work again as many times as you need it to.

The only downside is that you cannot access the game files from your device itself. They are stored in a part of your device that you do not have access to. So you need to have access to a computer, and to download a programme that will let you see the hidden files on your device such as iFunbox. So you also need to be comfortable enough with messing around with computers to do it. There are clear and precise instructions here (external link to chaptercheats, a very friendly forum for the game) if this is something you have the resources and comfort level to do.

Note: there are loads of programmes that you can get (both free and paid) that will allow you to see and edit the files on your device. You do not have to use iFunbox. You can use any programme you find that you want to, or one you currently use if you happen to use one already. The reason why everyone recommends iFunbox is because it is free, is simple to use, and just happened to be the programme a lot of players already used to back up their game (it can be hit or miss with itunes or cloud so many players back up their SS game manually) so a lot of people who needed to do this fix already had the programme and were already comfortable using it. But that doesn't mean you have to if you feel you have a better alternative.

If you don't have access to a computer, or you do not want to edit the game files on your device, there are things you can do to manage this problem. You can simply buffer off the offending pages of your gift box and work with a smaller gift box limit until the update to fix the problem (promised soon) is released. To do this successfully you will need to identify the friend(s) whose avatars your game can't display and either contact them and ask them to change their avatar to a standard game one or delete them if you have no way of contacting them. If a player changes their avatar to an in-game one instead of a Facebook one, all new gifts from them will be fine, and will not crash your game, but you will still not be able to access your current gifts that are crashing as they will still have the old avatar. This is not as neat a solution as simply fixing the files yourself, but it does work, and will at least get you to a point where you can play again. This may not work if you currently have way more gifts than the standard gift box limit as you need to get a few safe gifts to act as a buffer first, so if the inbox is full they won't arrive.

Every player of the game should remove their Facebook avatars and use in-game ones until the developers fix this problem, as they may be crashing some of their friends with the gifts they send. So if you are using one, please change it as soon as you can.

Tavern Update All gifts Turning into Coins Fiasco Edit

As with all previous updates, the Tavern Update was available for iOS devices before Android and kindle devices. The changes to the gifting system within the Tavern Updates code has created a cross device/update compatibility problem when it comes to gifting.

Any gift (from wishlist or from send a gift or send a collection item tab) sent from a player with the Tavern Update to a player without the update (regardless of devices players are using) is converted to a coin from the Banker's Treasure collection. This is true for both collection items and combining elements.

The coins are not being sent by friends on purpose, and they are not coming out of the senders inventory. However, they are counting toward the senders gifting limits (1 free gift a day each to a maximum of 50 friends, 10 collection items a day) and the player may lose the item they intended to send from their inventory if it was a collection item.

If you receive an unwrapped gift from a friend that is a coin, and you have not yet gotten the Tavern Update, it is most likely the friend tried to send you something from your wishlist. They may not know their gifts are not getting to you.

There is currently no way around this issue, but it should be resolved once all players have updated to the Tavern Update (version 1.9.5, 14th May 2014 for iOS or version 1.9, 18th June for Android).

Since the android and kindle updates have not yet been released this means players on either type of device are more likely to encounter coins as gifts from friends. The android update is usually released within 1-2 weeks of the iOS update, with the kindle update often being released later again. Please be patient with your friends until all updates have been released (which will naturally solve the issue as gifts between updated players are arriving safely).

I have the Tavern Update, so why am I receiving so many coins from friends? Edit

On May 14th 2014, a second Tavern Update was released for iOS devices to fix the issue with Gem Match not opening experience by some players after updating to the original Tavern Update. The second Tavern update, version 1.9.5, suffers from the same gifting cross-update compatibility issues as the first Tavern update. This means that any gift sent by a player with version 1.9.5 to any player with a lower update version (1.9 or lower) will be converted into coins.

On June 18th 2014, the android Tavern update was released. This update is equivalent to the iOS update 2 (14th May) in terms of compatibility with lower updates. The kindle update is still pending.

In summary, as of the 18th June 2014:

  • Players without the Tavern update (using version 1.8 or lower on iOS devices; version 1.8.5 or lower on android devices; or kindle devices) can gift normally, and the correct gifts will be received by their friends.
  • Players with the 1st iOS Tavern update (version 1.9) can gift players with the Tavern update (version 1.9 or 1.9.5 for iOS; version 1.9 for android) normally, and the correct gifts will be received, but any gifts sent to players without the Tavern update (version 1.8 or lower on iOS or version 1.85 or lower on android) will be converted into coins.
  • Players with the second iOS Tavern update (version 1.9.5) may only gift other iOS players with version 1.9.5 or android players with Tavern update, all other gifts to all other updates of the game (version 1.9 or lower on iOS; version 1.8.5 or lower on android or any kindle device) will be converted into coins.

Gem MatchEdit

I cannot unlock Gem Match, where do I find the last puzzle piece?Edit

Update May 2014: The Tavern Update has been released for iOS, and has been confirmed to fix the unlocking Gem Match glitch. All iOS players experiencing this issue should update to unlock Gem Match for free. The Android/Kindle update is still pending, but they typically arrive within a couple of weeks of the iOS update. This question will be moved to the information graveyard as soon as all updates have been released as the problem is now solved.

Update April 2014: G5e have confirmed they are aware of this issue, and that a fix will be released with the next update which is due soon.

Original Answer: There is a glitch in some games downloaded after the Valentines Update was released (games downloaded after early February 2014), where it is impossible to unlock Gem Match through normal game play. Currently, the only solution is to unlock the puzzle by paying with crystals or waiting until the next update to (hopefully) fix the problem. In the meantime you should contact G5 directly and submit a ticket about the problem if you are experiencing it. The more people that tell them about it, the faster a solution will be released.

You can see if you are suffering from this glitch by first looking at Gem Match on your Home Desktop. Check to see if the padlock on the puzzle is locked or unlocked. If the padlock is unlocked, press the Gem Match symbol and read the information box that pops up. It will say:

"You need Piece of the "Gem Match" Puzzle +14000 coins. Or spend 40 crystals to unlock"

Use the brown 'X' in the top right hand corner of this box to return to your home desktop. Next look at your quest list on the left hand side of your Home Desktop. Look for a Quest with the image of a square orange gem as an icon in the quest bubble. If you do not have this quest in your quest list and have the above notification when you press on Gem Match it is very likely you are suffering from the glitch. You can confirm this by opening your inventory and going to the 'different' tab (5th tab). Scroll through the different tab and look for 'Piece of the "Gem Match" puzzle' with a picture of a square orange gem. If you have 4 of these in your inventory then unfortunately you are definitely suffering from the glitch. There is no way to find the 5th piece of the puzzle in the game. You will have to either wait for an update to fix this problem or use crystals to unlock the puzzle now.

  • Gem Match: missing puzzle piece notification
  • Gem Match - 4 puzzle pieces in 'Different' tab of Inventory

Here's what's happening: Once a player reaches level 7, Gem Match is unlocked. The picture of the padlock on the Gem Match puzzle changes from a closed padlock to an open padlock. To open the game you need to find 5 puzzle pieces, each one looks like a square orange gem. To do this, you need the quest to find the pieces to start. This quest does not automatically start when you reach level 7 and the padlock becomes unlocked. You must work through your current quests until the quest is triggered. When testing this problem on a fresh install of the game, the quest appeared at level 10, after a number of other quests had been completed. What level you are on when the quest appears depends on the order you work through your quests, and so it may take longer than that.

The quest that appears in the quest list on the left hand side of your Home Desktop has a picture of a square orange gem as its icon. Pressing this icon will open the quest and show the quest's instructions. The quest is called 'The Fourth Puzzle' and is to find 5 square orange gems called 'Pieces of the "Gem Match" puzzle'. Once the quest is active (as soon as it appears on your list, you do not need to open it to activate it) these pieces will suddenly become available to win in every picture in the game, except for Tree of Dates.

Opening the Research Window for any picture (by pressing the picture icon on your Home Desktop) and looking through the 'Can be Found' list (directly above the green 'Research' button, use arrows to scroll) you will see the Gem Match Piece is available to win in every picture at every game level and in every game mode (except for Tree of Dates, the pieces will not be in this picture because the picture was not released until after the puzzle). For example, in the test game opening the Research Window of Venice on Detective level, in Silhouette Mode, the puzzle piece was the 15th item on the 'Can be Found' list. It was located between pieces of other Pictures that had not yet been opened in that game. Playing any of these pictures successfully will potentially give you a piece of the Gem Match puzzle as a reward for the successful investigation. It may take many attempts to collect all 5 pieces, as you are never guaranteed to win any one item when you successfully complete a picture. What the reward items are is always down to chance.

By playing pictures you will eventually find all 5 puzzle pieces. When this happens, the quest to find the pieces will complete. As soon as the quest completes, it will no longer be possible to win a piece of the Gem Match puzzle anywhere in the game. They will no longer appear in any 'Can be Found' lists.

What is supposed to happen is that you can now open the game using just 14000 coins, as you have all 5 puzzle pieces. This is how you open every puzzle in the game.

What is actually happening is when you win the 5th puzzle piece and the quest completes, the 5th piece is disappearing. It does not go into your inventory. This is why you find only 4 puzzle pieces in the 'Different Tab' of your inventory. Because the quest has completed, the puzzle pieces disappear from the 'Can be Found' lists of all pictures, and it becomes impossible to win another puzzle piece and bring your total to 5. Because you only have 4 pieces when you try and open the puzzle it tells you you need to buy the 5th piece for 40 crystals. It is normal for the game to offer a way to buy missing puzzle pieces or missing picture pieces if you want to open a picture or puzzle early. This is the message you would see if you were working through the quest but decided you wanted to play the game now and not wait until you find all the pieces. The glitch is the disappearing 5th puzzle piece, not the request to spend crystals.

Note: Just because you have not yet opened Gem Match, does not necessarily mean you have the glitch in your game. If you are at level 7 and above, and have no pieces of the puzzle in your inventory, you simply have not started the quest yet. Keep working through your currently active quests until you trigger the quest to open the game. You may be able to open it without any problems.

When I press research on Gem Match, I just get a black screenEdit

The original Tavern Update (version 1.9, released 5th May 2014 for iOS devices) fixed the Gem Match unlocking glitch experienced by players who downloaded the game after the Valentines Update, but in the process introduced a new problem with Gem Match that affects a large proportion of players (regardless of when they downloaded the game).

Players suffering this new Gem Match glitch cannot play the game. When they press research, their energy points are deducted but the game freezes on a black screen. The only way to get out of the black screen is to force quit the game. The energy points are lost.

The second Tavern Update (version 1.9.5), released May 14th, 2014, fixed this problem, so all users having difficultly playing Gem Match after the Tavern update are encouraged to download the fixed update (version 1.9.5).


Old Gifting Issues (now Resolved)Edit

Below is a list of known issues with the gifting interface.

The Tavern Update (May 2014)Edit

As with all previous updates, the Tavern Update was available for iOS devices before Android and kindle devices. The changes to the gifting system within the Tavern Update's code has created a cross device/update compatibility problem when it comes to gifting.

Any gift (from wishlist or from send a gift or send a collection item tab) sent from a player with the Tavern Update to a player without the update (regardless of devices players are using) is converted to a coin from the Banker's Treasure collection. This is true for both collection items and combining elements.

The coins are not being sent by friends on purpose, and they are not coming out of the senders inventory. However, they are counting toward the senders gifting limits (1 free gift a day each to a maximum of 50 friends, 10 collection items a day) and the player may lose the item they intended to send from their inventory if it was a collection item.

If you receive an unwrapped gift from a friend that is a coin, and you have not yet gotten the Tavern Update, it is most likely the friend tried to send you something from your wishlist. They may not know their gifts are not getting to you.

The Tavern Update Again (May 2014 and June 2014)Edit

On May 14th 2014, a second Tavern Update was released for iOS devices to fix an issue with Gem Match experienced by some players after updating to the original Tavern Update. The second Tavern update, version 1.9.5, suffers from the same gifting cross-update compatibility issues as the first Tavern update. This means that any gift sent by a player with version 1.9.5 to any player with a lower update version (1.9 or lower) will be converted into coins.

On June 18th 2014, the android Tavern update was released. This update is equivalent to the iOS update 2 (14th May) in terms of compatibility with lower updates.

On July 14th 2014, the Kindle Tavern update was released, with a patch (version 1.9.5) released on the 17th July to fix a game crashing problem associated with the first update. This update is equivalent to the iOS update 2 (14th May) and the android update in terms of compatibility with lower updates.

In summary, as of the 17th July 2014:

  • Players without the Tavern update (using version 1.8 or lower on iOS devices; version 1.8.5 or lower on android devices; or version 1.8 or lower on kindle devices) can gift normally, and the correct gifts will be received by their friends.
  • Players with the 1st iOS Tavern update (version 1.9) can gift players with the Tavern update (version 1.9 or 1.9.5 for iOS; version 1.9 for android, version 1.9.5 for Kindle) normally, and the correct gifts will be received, but any gifts sent to players without the Tavern update (version 1.8 or lower on iOS; version 1.85 or lower on android; version 1.8 or lower on kindle) will be converted into coins.
  • Players with the second iOS Tavern update (version 1.9.5 for iOS or Kindle; version 1.9 for android) may only gift other iOS/Kindle players with version 1.9.5 or android players with Tavern update, all other gifts to all other updates of the game (version 1.9 or lower on iOS; version 1.8.5 or lower on android; version 1.9.5 or lower on kindle device or anyone playing on a mac computer) will be converted into coins.

Since releasing the Tavern Update, the developers have released the game on both PC and Mac computers. The PC version of the game is equivalent to the Tavern update in terms of compatibility (send coins but receive gifts from lower updates), while the Mac computer version is equivalent to pre-Tavern update in terms of compatibility (sends real gifts but receives coins from updated players).

As such, those playing on Mac computers are the last players left with pre-Tavern update versions of the game, and as such are the only players still receiving gifts that are turned into coins. There is currently no way around this issue, but it should be resolved once all players have updated to the Tavern Update (version 1.9.5, 14th May 2014 for iOS; version 1.9, 18th June for Android; or version 1.9.5, 17th July for Kindle; release still pending for Mac computers).

Gifting Tavern Update CollectionsEdit

Some of the new collections in the Tavern Update can only be sent as a gift if you have more than one in your inventory. In the case of these collection items, if you try to send the last, the friend will receive a blank gift that contains 1 experience point. All the items in these collections do not come out of your inventory when gifted, whether gifted from a wishlist or from the send a collection item tab, making them free gifts until this glitch is fixed:

Sending last collection item via wishlist iconEdit

It is impossible to send the last of a collection item in your inventory by pressing the icon on your friends wishlist. Any collection item that has a 1 next to it in your friends wishlist is an item you only have 1 of in your inventory. Pressing send through the wishlist will bring up the following warning:

"Are you sure? You only have one of these. Are you sure you want to give it as a gift?"

Pressing yes to this notification brings up the normal "your gift has successfully been sent" message. However, the item chosen does not leave your inventory. Instead the first item available in your inventory is sent to your friend in its place. This is typically a low level collection item such as a coin from the 'Coin collection' collection, or a book from the 'Book Set' collection.

Currently, the only way to send the last of a collection item to your friend is to find the item in the 'Send a collection item' tab in your friends gifting window. For rarer items, this can mean scrolling through 400+ pages of items to find the right item to send.

The Tavern update fixed this issue, so any player who has the Tavern update may send collection items by pressing the icon in a friends wishlist, even if they have only one of that item. Players who have not installed the Tavern Update will still encounter this problem, and must send their last of a particular collection item from the send a collection item tab. Once all devices are on the Tavern Update.


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