To begin, participants are divided up into teams. Then all teams congregate at a central venue where they watch a mystifying video message that is conveyed by a chilling voice. The message challenges the teams to a game in which all teams have been allocated a pre-determined time to complete the process of cracking a very special code as the time countdown continues. The teams are in a race with time because they are bound to lose if the countdown timer reaches zero before they have cracked the special abort code. If they crack the code before the time elapses, the countdown stops and the teams win.
To start the game, each team is given a locked aluminum box. Each team must work out how to unlock their aluminum box. Inside each aluminum box are a set of 4 intriguing cases, with each case protected by a combination lock. Each team must unlock their four cases using their respective unlock codes, and then use the clues in these cases to discover a set of letters.
All the teams then come together with their set of letters and then rearrange the letters to find a clue. If the letters are arranged correctly, a predefined slogan is discovered and a code can be gleaned at this point. This code when keyed into the electronic combination lock of the main box stops the countdown and unlocks the
main box, and all the teams emerge victorious.