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Why Can't Anyone Assemble the Shrine of the Silver Monkey?

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More information about Olmec's temple, the final challenge from Nickelodeon game show Legends of the Hidden Temple, and how players fared in its clutches.
posted by shadow vector (24 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
I also highly recommend this podcast about Legends of the Hidden Temple that touches on the Silver Monkey being so difficult, there's interviews with a former contestant and the host of the show and it goes into a lot of behind the scenes stuff.
posted by burnmp3s at 2:10 PM on August 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


Weird, this was listed as a "disease vector" from my work computer. Damn you, Silver Monkey!
posted by Roentgen at 2:13 PM on August 17, 2012


Watch out for those terrifying temple guards. What kind of sick kids show involves strange adults (sometimes hiding as a tree) who reach out and kidnap the young contestants, dragging them off to points unknown?
posted by zachlipton at 2:25 PM on August 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


At some point I definitely downloaded a game that attempted to re-create a run through the final temple. As you might imagine, clicking buttons was a little less compelling than jumping through pits filled with styrofoam, but at least I could tell myself that I would totally have won if I'd somehow been on the show.
posted by Copronymus at 2:30 PM on August 17, 2012


I ALWAYS WONDERED THIS
posted by kaseijin at 2:34 PM on August 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh, man. I'd completely forgotten that show. I used to watch it all the time with my kids.
posted by Thorzdad at 2:34 PM on August 17, 2012


At some point I definitely downloaded a game that attempted to re-create a run through the final temple. As you might imagine, clicking buttons was a little less compelling than jumping through pits filled with styrofoam, but at least I could tell myself that I would totally have won if I'd somehow been on the show.

I would absolutely love it if something like the Uncharted or Tomb Raider series had a thinly-veiled run through Olmec's temple in the game.
posted by jason_steakums at 2:38 PM on August 17, 2012 [5 favorites]


I would absolutely love it if something like the Uncharted or Tomb Raider series had a thinly-veiled run through Olmec's temple in the game.

Do we have any awesome Portal 2 map makers among us?
posted by zachlipton at 2:53 PM on August 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


Why Can't Anyone Assemble the Sentence of Proper Grammar?

Forget that I just used two colons in a sentence, although grammatically, I’m not sure that’s unacceptable.

I'm quite sure "although grammatically", with no comma in the middle, is unacceptable in that sentence.
posted by gurple at 2:54 PM on August 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's a shame to derail, but I'm pretty sure that the sentence is acceptable.

Compare:

Forget that I just used two colons in a sentence, although I'm not sure that's unacceptable.

It looks odd as he wrote it, but I think that in that construction there's no need for an additional comma.
posted by lostburner at 3:22 PM on August 17, 2012


The temple seemed to be excessively difficult when I would watch that show. Players had to complete navigation challenges (and randomly some ways would be open and some closed), and solve puzzles they couldn't investigate beforehand, and there were those temple guards (which meant the OTHER kid had to go in FROM THE BEGINNING), there were lots of challenges and in the heat of the moment it would be easy to forget how to handle, and you had no idea where the artifact would be hidden and had to look all over for it. And even after all that, you still had to go back to the beginning to win.

There was just a whole lot of luck involved, and each pair of contestants only got one shot. A lot of it seemed to depend on whether the people who scrambled the temple for each broadcast were feeling kind that day, or if you happened to pick the right room with nothing to go by concerning what the right route was. Give the poor kids an even break, Nickelodeon!
posted by JHarris at 3:29 PM on August 17, 2012


I am a big fan of Legends. I attempted to license it, once, and might again.

That said, no matter how big of a fan I was, I never thought to write Legends of the Hidden Temple fanfiction.
posted by andreaazure at 3:33 PM on August 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


I watched that video like 5 times thinking there were little tricks they used to make it harder. Aside from the fact that the kids have to reach up to get stuff down off shelves that are a bit too high and that the head on the stick is awkward to get into the hole I don't think there are any tricks. I think those kids just suck at assembling silver monkeys.
posted by Ad hominem at 3:33 PM on August 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


It looks odd as he wrote it, but I think that in that construction there's no need for an additional comma.

It's the addition of the word "grammatically" that, I think, requires the use of a comma before and after. Just like the addition of "I think" to my last sentence requires the use of a comma before and after.

And that is quite enough of that. Carry on!
posted by gurple at 3:35 PM on August 17, 2012


You think assembling a silver monkey is hard? Try reassembling a real monkey, shocking it into even a semblance of life, and rebooting the operating system without it trying to hunt you and your fiancé to the very ends of the earth! It's much harder than you think!

Or so I have heard....
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:41 PM on August 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


I have never heard of this show, which makes me feel really old.
posted by desjardins at 3:55 PM on August 17, 2012


solve puzzles they couldn't investigate beforehand

One of the things the former contestant in the podcast I linked to upthread mentions is that the production assistants actually did give them a walkthrough ahead of time in the temple, and specifically let them try the Silver Monkey puzzle. Apparently they even gave the kids tips on what routes to take to try to avoid guards and whatnot.
posted by burnmp3s at 4:16 PM on August 17, 2012


I watched this show for the same reason I watched other kid's game shows. Because it made me feel better about myself to see children fail.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 4:32 PM on August 17, 2012 [8 favorites]


I watched this show for the same reason I watched other kid's game shows. Because it made me feel better about myself to see children fail.

Did you ever tune into Nickelodeon's now-defunct cable/satellite channel, Nickelodeon Games and Sports? It was nothing but reruns of 80's and 90's Nickelodeon game shows, and it was mostly 24 hours a day of kids failing horribly at various trivia questions and physical challenges.

If you're as awful as I am, it was also the funniest shit ever broadcast on television.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:40 PM on August 17, 2012 [11 favorites]


One night when a group of friends and I were incredibly drunk, one of the group did a little monologue in Olmec's voice in which Olmec sexually harassed a(n adult) contestant and talked about watersports.

I laughed so hard that there's still an ounce or so of godawful tequila rolling around between my sinuses.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 5:08 PM on August 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


I watched this show and yelled at the TV screen a lot as a kid, but that experience did not prepare me for 4+ minutes of Silver Monkey failure. Is it possible for a human to watch that video and not cringe?
posted by giraffe at 5:25 PM on August 17, 2012


This seems as good a time as any to ask this question: Is it mere coincidence that ABC's Wipe Out feels like something from Nickelodeon Games and Sports? I don't know about everyone else, but watching it gives me a mad hankering for a Josta.
posted by TwelveTwo at 11:21 PM on August 17, 2012


GET THE PEPPERONI! GET THE PEPPERONI!

Purple Parrots never win.
posted by qio at 1:19 AM on August 18, 2012


I looked for the soundtrack, since I remembered the music being kind of awesome. But listening to it without all the action going on, one notices that the keyboardist becomes increasingly sloppy and incoherent as the song progresses. Huh.
posted by NMcCoy at 4:08 AM on August 18, 2012 [4 favorites]


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