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Cracking the Case of Loony Labs

Posted by Samantha Spade on February 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Spade. Samantha Spade. Private Investigator. Tired of talking in short sentences, but it's part of the job. I've been a flatfoot since the day a Number Cruncher stepped on my toes -- yowch! Since then, I've made it my mission to use my keen detective skills to defeat the Cogs. Plus, I look pretty good in a trenchcoat. But this case is no Cog conundrum. No, this case was as Toony as a Saturday morning television program.

Cracking The Case of Loony Labs. Samantha Spade with a magnifying glass.

It all started January 25th. A message from Doctor Surlee notifying Loony Labs employees that their network is back online. But why? What prompted this announcement to be made through the Toontown Blog? A seemingly random announcement -- with disastrous consequences.

The next day, I get a knock on my door. It's a Toontown Times journalist -- they're always coming for a story. "I've got nothing for ya, ace," I say to them. But it turns out they're not coming to me for a story -- they're coming with one.

It's January 26th, and a strange message has popped up on the Toontown Blog. No doubts that the whole town has seen it by now. To a layman, it means nothing. To a sleuth like myself, it's got the most exciting information since Root 66 Diner started serving breakfast all day. Let's get this case crackin'.

The Big Buildup

This case has been years in the making. It all started a little over four years ago when a cryptic message showed up on the Toontown Blog on the 26th of November. For years, the puzzle continued. Strange ciphered texts showing up on rare occasion, but always on the 26th.

Blueprints scattered on Samantha Spade's desk. The Silly Meter and The Rewritten Device are visible.

Toons who took notice began piecing together that these messages always seemed to revolve around Loony Labs, and more specifically -- Doctor Surlee. Each of these messages led to blueprints of various inventions in Toontown, and finally, pages from the diary of Doctor Surlee himself.

Something about these pages seemed strange, though. They talk of Cogs as an invention, and mention years that have not yet passed. Finally, they credit the inventions of Doctor Surlee to a different Toon named Gyro Gearloose. This made me question: What if Doctor Surlee is Gyro Gearloose?

A Slice of C.A.K.E.

Now that we know the background, we're ready to solve the case. I asked myself: Why do these mysteries occur on the 26th? Who REALLY is Doctor Surlee? and What's the deal with this incoming transmission from Loony Labs?

One thing was clear: Doctor Surlee had a plan. He knows of the 26th mysteries, and wanted it to happen again. That's why he made a blog post on January 25th, the day before the transmission appeared. It seems that the clever Doctor, like us, wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery once and for all.

Toons from far and wide put on their detective hats and began to investigate once the transmission hit. Top cipher solvers in the community found morse code and radio frequencies in the background of the video. What they found inside, you wouldn't believe: The password to Terminal 26 on LoonyLabs.net.

With a few commands and a bit of digging, it was quickly uncovered that the terminal belonged to a Doctor Fissionton. This Fissionton, however, has never been seen! According to Loony Labs records, he resigned many years ago. What was Fissionton's computer doing with this message? How did it play into the mystery of the 26th?

Toons dug further and found a number of Research Reports, written by Doctor Fissionton. These Research Reports were filed by the C.A.K.E. Team (Categorizing All Known Energy) of Loony Labs, which left one mystery solved: The occurrence of all of those cakes in the transmission!

Still, however, the reports didn't add up. They mentioned dates that hadn't passed. Events that hadn't happened. I got the inside scoop with Professor Purrview, the author of the final research report, who had this to say:

"I've seen many strange things here at Loony Labs, but perhaps the strangest one yet is a report that I didn't write! I have no memory of writing it, but I do know the name Fissionton. Apparently we were supposed to work together, but he turned in his resignation before research even began. It's a shame."

The Research Report evidence can be read below.

  1. Investigating the Portability Design
  2. Newly Discovered Particles
  3. The S.I.L.L.I. Team
  4. Categorizing Continues
  5. Final Report

The find was huge, but not huge enough. There was more to the caper left to be uncovered.

The Rewritten Experiment

The final Research Report gave us another password. This time, one to a folder on the terminal that peaked my interest more than the daily crossword of The Toontown Times. A folder called "26." The insightful investigators of Toontown found a file inside covered in codes -- codes that translated to specific words of specific blog posts. They knew they weren't going to be able to solve this alone.

Toons from Hither'n'yawn to Timbuktoon came together to crack the code. Just look at this document! Toons everywhere, trying to track down the words. It was only a matter of time until we'd have the secret messages revealed.

A document shows the community collaborating to solve the 26th. Photos show Doctor Surlee working on The Rewritten Experiment.

What we found beneath the veil of code was something we couldn't believe...

Doctor Fissionton was a Loony Labs scientist skeptical of Doctor Surlee. He uncovered plans for all of the blueprints above, but the biggest find was "The Rewritten Experiment." It described an experiment by Doctor Surlee to take Toontown back in time in order to defeat the Cogs. A plan to rewrite Toontown using a pocket watch. Have you ever seen such a device before?

The watch in the state Doctor Fissionton found it, however, was unstable. It malfunctioned and ripped him away from time itself! However, the watch unveiled the true nature of the 26th: an anomaly caused by Doctor Surlee's time travel, starting on October 26th, 1998: The day he traveled back to. The past can't be perfectly replicated, which resulted in Doctor Fissionton finding a "Rewritten" version of himself. A cat instead of a dog.

The full scoop is in the documents below.

  1. The Desk of Gyro Gearloose
  2. The Rewritten Experiment
  3. A Pocket Watch

One thing is certain: This is no ordinary investigation!

The Fissiontons' Puzzle

Upon entering a final password to an alarmingly titled folder called "The Final Plan", our puzzle-piecing Toons were met with something no one expected. The Fissiontons -- formally rumored amongst sleuths as "The Two," and titled in their blog post appearances as "???" -- began speaking directly to them.

The Fissiontons told us about the reason why Doctor Surlee did all of this: To save Toontown. We live, apparently, in a "Toontown Rewritten." A version of Toontown that has been taken back in time in order to save us. Surlee Gyro Gearloose (his full name, as The Fissiontons revealed) had even rewritten himself into a monkey, to avoid anyone from discovering that he accidentally created the Cogs.

Their full message is put below. At the end of the conversation, The Fissiontons left us one final puzzle. I stared at it in astonishment, knowing it was the biggest puzzle yet.

This puzzle was big. As big as a puzzle truck heading for the toy store. The Toons were on the case, and immediately started collaborating to put the last piece of this caper together!

Puzzle pieces are laid out on a desk, showing glimpses of Doctor Fissionton.

At long last, the puzzle was completed. It revealed a glimpse of what the future has in store. "The Final Plan" seems to involve some sort of meter, and a strategy to save Toontown from complete Cog chaos. Doctor Surlee and the Fissiontons need our help!

The Fissiontons say: 'Far more is at stake than the Silly Meter. Tell Doctor Surlee 'Good luck!' for us.'


I returned to my office, resting at ease knowing that we'd cracked the case of Loony Labs. Unfortunately, it seems this puzzle has only just begun. We know what Doctor Surlee's been up to, who Doctor Fissionton is, and what's been causing these mysteries of the 26th. Now, it's time to end the 26th once and for all.

This case wouldn't have been cracked without the expert detectives in the Toontown community, who worked tirelessly to get it solved. If you're a caper-crazed detective like them, be on the look out for the next puzzle. You'll know it when you see it.

Until then, it's time to move on to my next case: Return of the Cookie Jar Culprit. My tip for solving mysteries? Get a clue!


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Onion Hunter said on February 1, 2018 at 12:03 PM
This was a really fun thing to do, nice job TTR team!

Ally Jay said on February 1, 2018 at 12:10 PM
It was a pleasure working with the Toons who solved this; we had over 80 working together on solving one of the cryptic messages.

comet funnypop said on February 1, 2018 at 12:19 PM
Oh boy! Everything is coming together! The only other mystery now is how it will all end...

Odieboy said on February 1, 2018 at 12:33 PM
Pretty hyped for the next puzzle, I love all this outer-game lore!

Orange Cat said on February 1, 2018 at 12:36 PM
What a nice job TTR team keep up the awesome news.

Super Zany said on February 1, 2018 at 1:06 PM
I absolutely LOVED working together with everyone on this, even if I didn't do much except the group projects. Good job team this was amazing.

Arcann/Catoukin said on February 1, 2018 at 1:06 PM
It was an honor to be apart of this massive piece of the puzzle! We all worked very hard on this and the result seems very, VERY promising! All of this lore is beautiful and the secret of Surlee and Fissionton... oof. We truly are living inside of Joey's ToonTown fanfic!

Aquapoyo said on February 1, 2018 at 1:37 PM
HERE WE GO TOONS

Happy Toon said on February 1, 2018 at 1:43 PM
Woo! That puzzle sure was fun! It's time to wait for something else to pop up. Let's just hope that the cogs don't do something terrible before something does.

Rose's Wicked Imagination said on February 1, 2018 at 2:01 PM
Omg! How totally wicked it would be if the clues led to an island full of cogs. A new cog type and a new map. xD

Master Chipper said on February 1, 2018 at 2:10 PM
I can't wait for the return of the Silly Meter!

Prancer said on February 1, 2018 at 2:30 PM
I will NEVER look at Dr. Surlee the same again in my life. GOODNESS I LIKE WHERE THIS IS HEADING KEEP IT UP TTR!

Quentin McQuack said on February 1, 2018 at 2:34 PM
"I've been a flatfoot since the day a Number Cruncher stepped on my toes" But don't ducks have flat feet to begin with, I mean, we have webbed feet! *points to feet* Wait a minute... My life is a lie! Waaaahhh!

Mell said on February 1, 2018 at 2:39 PM
It was an amazing experience working with the community to solve these puzzles and figure out the truth!

Little Daffy Weaselgoober said on February 1, 2018 at 2:58 PM
I'm glad to have been a part of this. Here's to solving the next mystery!

Robot, and Professor Cheezy Chimp Breath said on February 1, 2018 at 3:55 PM
Whoa! Thanks for the descriptive scoop. But I don't think we need ice cream that uses a ton of adjectives.

Wacko Jinxgrooven said on February 1, 2018 at 3:56 PM
this really sounds like portal

Farmer Joe said on February 1, 2018 at 4:43 PM
Holy smokes! This reveals A LOT about Toontown Rewritten's history! TTR is a leap back in time of the TTO timeline to try and stop the cogs... this is insanely interesting. Great job TTR team! Can't wait for the next 26th to come around to test our detective skills... probably gonna be revealing even more information!

Firestar said on February 1, 2018 at 5:25 PM
I tried solving that puzzle but the bell rang when I was close to finishing it.

Barney Wondersnout said on February 1, 2018 at 5:36 PM
MIND BLOWN :O

Barney Wondersnout said on February 1, 2018 at 5:38 PM
"Toontown Rewritten"? Has a nice ring to it...

lulu said on February 1, 2018 at 5:55 PM
I'm so happy Loonynet

Good ol' Ricky Dynoboom (Dynaboom) said on February 1, 2018 at 6:05 PM
Wow, I didn't see this coming. I didn't even know you were still in Toontown. Excellent post, Samantha Spade! Seeing this puzzle come together was an interesting way to spend a weeked. :) Thanks for spreading the word on all this.

Captain Rollie Jumblemarble said on February 1, 2018 at 6:27 PM
Darn it I lost track of all of this after 4 years

Prof. Flapjack said on February 1, 2018 at 6:32 PM
Love the fact they used the Google slides and Docs in part of the blog post. They really paid attention to our progress!

Diggy said on February 1, 2018 at 6:36 PM
The detail and work that gets put into these puzzles is simply amazing, and I absolutely love this new..."Rewritten" storyline. Can't wait to see where it goes next!

Silly Billy said on February 1, 2018 at 7:07 PM
This is great! It put a smirk to my face from the second I read it! I can't wait to find out what happens next!

Turtle said on February 1, 2018 at 7:17 PM
Love the use of the screenshots from Twitter and Discord.

Master Fireball said on February 1, 2018 at 8:04 PM
Oh, so CLEVER!

Brody The Croc said on February 1, 2018 at 8:31 PM
Oh it's not what I thought! This is cool! The Silly Meter makes it's comeback! :D Good Work TTR Team!

Pixelpainter said on February 1, 2018 at 8:35 PM
Oh boy, deep stuff! I just love how this expands on the TTR storyline and gives a proper reason for TTO shutting down. I can't wait to see what this game has in store for the years to come!

Ethan said on February 1, 2018 at 8:36 PM
Wow, toons! Great moves. Keep it up. Proud of you.

Mister Hazel Kooky Flipper said on February 1, 2018 at 9:27 PM
Oh gosh...im so excited i wonder what it will be though....We don't know yet but it must be some secret mission???

said on February 1, 2018 at 9:44 PM
Wow! I can't imagine the work that went into this.

crimson Corsair said on February 1, 2018 at 11:03 PM
so, an ARG to introduce the silly meter. that was much better than what disney did... just had it show up with a new toon hall upgrade. but now, we have an explanation of the rewritten part in the server's name.

May said on February 1, 2018 at 11:21 PM
This is fascinating! I've always been interested in the meticulous lore you guys have put into the game! Totally awesome!

Mr. Crazy said on February 2, 2018 at 3:58 AM
Wow.

Mr. Toon said on February 2, 2018 at 4:14 AM
So it begins....

Sweetheart said on February 2, 2018 at 6:10 AM
Looks like Flippy's office when TTO updated and put loony labs in the front with the crazy meter there(but they never did anything with that area, after that). This will be a great addition to TTR can't wait!

Sea Salt Ice Cream said on February 2, 2018 at 6:11 AM
Wow! this is insane! So... to save Toontown... we must destroy the source of all the evil.... the Chairman, maybe????

Orange Chips said on February 2, 2018 at 1:04 PM
Thanks for laying things out for us, Samantha. I tried to solve the puzzle myself, but I got stumped! Now, this makes me wonder what my original self looked like in the first timeline... I can only imagine...

Sir Devshire Applewood said on February 2, 2018 at 1:36 PM
Good job everyone! Nice job solving the puzzles!

Baron Cheezysocks said on February 2, 2018 at 1:41 PM
If Surlee wanted to save Toontown, why didn't he just go back to the point where Scrooge McDuck activated the Chairman and stop him?

Buddy said on February 2, 2018 at 3:55 PM
This is absolutely awesome.

Pixels said on February 2, 2018 at 4:07 PM
It was fun helping crack all of this. Hope we can do it again!

Andrea said on February 2, 2018 at 4:32 PM
WOW!! I guess we might have found out why Doctor Surlee ā€œNever seems to crack a smile.ā€ Awesome job at putting these stories together!!

Mr.flapjack said on February 2, 2018 at 5:29 PM
i thought i knew the story about toontown but i was way off... good job on the plot twist!

Wireless Mouse said on February 2, 2018 at 6:42 PM
Code breaking on google docs with my fellow detectives was a great way for me to relieve all the stress from my midterms.

Professor Control said on February 2, 2018 at 7:10 PM
I've never seen a blog post this long before. It's so interesting and scary, sort of. I've got my pies and a tally chart to count how much Bean Counters I've defeated and Number Crunchers I've crunched up. Ahh. you know.

Prof. Fleabag Doggenmelon said on February 2, 2018 at 8:39 PM
Finally, time travel! Maybe we can use that to find out who stole cookies from cookie jars.

Gog the duck said on February 2, 2018 at 9:04 PM
fission (think it self)..."fusion?"

Chase said on February 3, 2018 at 5:56 AM
It was great working with the others

saidy honeyswirl said on February 3, 2018 at 7:14 AM
This was a whole lot of fun, and very nicely set up. Everything is coming together. Amazing job TTR team

Princess Melody Purplejinks said on February 3, 2018 at 7:55 AM
Woah, this is huge! Can't wait for the next update!

Orange Cat said on February 3, 2018 at 8:29 AM
This will be great to see what is going on in loony labs. Also nice job TTR Team!

Dr.Corky Nuttypop said on February 3, 2018 at 9:14 AM
Wow I wasn't on toontown for a while and this sounds great

Detective Lucky said on February 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM
Time to crack the next puzzle....

Sheriff Furball Wackytoon said on February 3, 2018 at 12:34 PM
This was the best ARG thus far. Mainly because I was able to actually contribute something...

Susan Twinklepaws said on February 3, 2018 at 1:56 PM
Wowz. Amazing!

Bananatooth said on February 3, 2018 at 2:48 PM
Had a Excellent time solving this whole thing! Good job TTR!

deputy jellybouncer said on February 3, 2018 at 3:21 PM
Yay, the arg is done. for now... Im proud that i helped the many toons on this arg!!

Ned Sourfuddy said on February 3, 2018 at 6:15 PM
There's no telling what's coming next. You seem to know how to get us excited, and you executed that plan to perfection.

sumsito said on February 3, 2018 at 6:20 PM
I no the Password

Chester Cheezywiggle said on February 3, 2018 at 6:49 PM
duh surlee is gyro problem solved

Crimsonflame said on February 3, 2018 at 7:26 PM
I just remembered, when doodles were coming out at first we SAW the silly meter in the pet shop! I remember first seeing it in the shop with a lab worker working on it!

Feathersocks said on February 4, 2018 at 7:14 AM
Woah! I wonder what the next puzzle will be!

Dr. Chester McSqueak said on February 4, 2018 at 8:02 AM
"We have one more piece for you." "I think "pieces" is the proper term for it." Here we go again...!

Drake Softpaw said on February 4, 2018 at 10:49 AM
I never could get the images downloaded to piece them together... Glad at least a few Toons were able to get it downloaded and pieced together to see The Two...

Slate Chihuahua said on February 4, 2018 at 12:08 PM
OwO! Man, this is crazy! Thank you, TTR Team!

purple poodle said on February 4, 2018 at 12:49 PM
i really love this game

Kit said on February 4, 2018 at 5:18 PM
Wow they almost figured it out!

I forgot said on February 4, 2018 at 5:51 PM
I just joined, and this is amazing

Prof. Curly said on February 5, 2018 at 12:48 PM
The Hype is sooo real

Lily said on February 5, 2018 at 1:07 PM
Seriously, how long have you been planning this?

Bun Bun Jr. said on February 5, 2018 at 2:12 PM
Very interesting!!!

Melody said on February 5, 2018 at 9:55 PM
... Well, that was eventful. A job well done to the Toons who worked on this from start to finish. I don't think I'd have gotten very far with this. I'll have to be double prepared for what's coming then!

michaelbooster said on February 6, 2018 at 6:54 AM
i've been offline since forever! when i comeback, the site has changed and this puzzle has come to an end! whew, it's been a far journey...

Rusty Rhinogloop said on February 6, 2018 at 1:36 PM
You folks at the TTR team have done such an amazing job of bringing Toontown to life through the ARG you've developed for it! I'm so invested and I can't wait to see where we go from here!!

Doctor Curly Crinklecorn said on February 7, 2018 at 9:48 AM
Wow... Just Wow... i am lost for words...im just... speechless!... well done to everyone who solved this puzzle and.... mr surlee What have you done?
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