DarkSky Investigations

Escape Room Inspired Puzzle Adventure

About the Project

DarkSky Investigations is a free-to-play online puzzle game loosely based on real-life power outages to promote learning about electricity and cybersecurity.

Players will investigate within the energy delivery system by:

  • Analyzing a city's electrical grid via data and simulations
  • Learning about encryption, decryption, and cybersecurity
  • Summarizing investigative findings in a 4-step case report

How do I play?

Create a Badge ID to begin! Play in a group (recommended) with family, friends, or classmates, or tackle it alone.

This game can be fully completed online, but a printer, pencil, and pair of scissors may be useful for looking at documents.

What are my objectives?

  1. Define the structure of the city's power grid
  2. Determine which parts of the power grid are offline
  3. Investigate possible causes of the blackout
  4. Recommend steps to restore power & prevent future outages

Version Info

Version 0.7

March 2022

This is our second public beta release.

This version includes all of the puzzles currently planned for the game and is ready for beta testing. Please let us know if you find bugs or have feedback after playing the game!

Note: Safari versions 13 and older are not supported; please use Firefox or Chrome or upgrade Safari to version 14 or later to play this game.

Facilitator Guide

DarkSky Investigations is designed for learning in the classroom and at home. Our team has created a Facilitator Guide for teachers and parents to help reinforce learning objectives.

Please fill out this DarkSky Facilitator Guide Request Form to get access to the Facilitator Guide.


DarkSky Investigations has been created as a part of the education and outreach initiative associated with the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC) project and is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-OE0000780. Additional support was provided by the Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program, a National Science Foundation sponsored CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.

DarkSky Investigations is one of many activities developed to inform about the importance of a secure, reliable, and efficient energy delivery system. CREDC partners with the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for education, outreach, and engagement.

The events depicted in this activity are not real, though the concepts are loosely based on real events. All photos used in this activity are in the public domain or were originally created.

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