On January 5th 2012, an image
was uploaded to various image boards. It contained two messages. One was obvious & easy to read. In white letters on a black background it said:
Hello. We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in this image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We look forward to meeting the few that will make it all the way through. Good luck.
As promised there was another message hidden inside the image. It was the start of a bizarre, as yet unexplained chain of complex hidden messages leading those who could solve them on a journey across the Internet and around the world towards a destination none of them could predict with certainty. Is it a highly evolved ARG? Is it a recruitment campaign for the NSA?
Welcome to the mystery of Cicada 3301
posted by scalefree
on Nov 25, 2013 -
Friday Flash Fun
, a hybrid of roguelike and puzzle game, or chess, or something. Maybe "it's like turn-based Gauntlet
" would be a good description? There's an on-your-phone version if you're willing to spend a buck, too. DANGER: Very addictive to certain types. You've been warned.
posted by DoctorFedora
on Jul 4, 2013 -
A minute is a long flippin' time. Fill it like you care.
One of the most minimalistic games to be released last year, Super Hexagon
has been praised by many as being hypnotic, addictive
, briiliantly designed, and devilishly challenging. It's a game that, like Tetris
, delivers pleasure with each inevitable failure, and is simply about reaching escape velocity from your own feeble reflexes. The game has a reputation for turning one's appreciation and apprehension of its challenges into intense addiction
, constant improvement
, and fervent devotion
. [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee
on Jun 14, 2013 -
In a triumph of both technology and agriculture, the Guinness World Record for largest Quick Response code has been claimed by a corn maze.* [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen
on Oct 14, 2012 -
My father-in-law Jerry is great at word puzzles. Over the holidays, I showed him SpellTower on my iPad. By the time I took my iPad back at the end of the trip, he had already broken the SpellTower “Puzzle Mode” record on the Game Center leader board by almost 100,000 points. So I asked Jerry if he would share his strategy
posted by growabrain
on Jun 10, 2012 -
is a flash game that takes the game mechanics of the indie hit VVVVVV
and transforms them from a fast-twitch platform game to a puzzle platformer. [more inside]
posted by lemuring
on Apr 20, 2012 -
is a puzzle game that uses music to define the pieces. Find outlines for songs, and then try to put them together...very fun and addicting. Don't try to play with the sound off obviously.
posted by schyler523
on Jan 27, 2012 -
was an idiosyncratic crossword setter who, under the pseudonym Crosaire, ran the Irish Times cryptic crossword singlehandedly for almost 70 years. He died in April 2010
at the age of 92, having compiled over 14000 daily crosswords. The last puzzle completed before his death, number 14605, runs in today's Irish Times
. [more inside]
posted by rollick
on Oct 21, 2011 -
A simple puzzle game. Avoid reading spoilers! Players may want to avoid this thread until finished with the game.
posted by kmz
on Oct 21, 2011 -
A giant equation
is taking form over the course of a few days, on a 46-ft tall "chalkboard" at the corner of Crosby and Broome in NYC. Sponsored by Dow Chemical, it's a mathematical brain teaser with the significance of each term left for the solver to discern.
In the first term, for example, the '755' is the length in feet of each side of the great pyramid.
Solutions to pieces of the puzzle can be submitted via twitter to @GiantChalkboard.
I'm not clear about the commercial aspect of this, or even what exactly "solutionism" is. But if you're a math/puzzle nerd, you'll likely
waste lots of time on
posted by ancillary
on Sep 21, 2011 -
"Looking at the world through via Google Earth offers striking images of the diversity of our planet and the impact that humans have had on it. Today's entry is a puzzle. We're challenging you to figure out where in the world each of the images below is taken. (You'll find answers and links at the bottom of the entry.) North is not always up in these pictures, and, apart from a bit of contrast, they are unaltered images provided by Google and its mapping partners. So I invite you to open up Google Earth (or Google Maps), have a look at the images below, and dive in
. Good luck!"
posted by vidur
on Aug 3, 2011 -
is a simple flash-based puzzle game that involves getting your object from point A to B.
Levels you complete can be scrolled through using "x" to move to the next level and "d" to return the level select button to the first level.
The browser saves your progress, so you can close your tab/browser and return to it later.
posted by lemuring
on Jul 11, 2011 -
has finally hit the streets, and despite a somewhat rocky start
with their controversial promotional ARG (previously
), it looks to be a huge success. Interestingly for such a critically-acclaimed blockbuster, the title's core ideas steam from a pair of concept projects from student design school DigiPen
: the original portal system from Narbacular Drop
) and the sequel's physics-altering gels from Tag: The Power of Paint
). Combine these innovative ideas with some Lost
-meets-Life After People
level design, excellent voice acting
, and top-notch writing, and it's easy to see why so many people called in sick
this past week. But playing the game is just the beginning -- look inside for a collection of easter eggs, story theories, videos, and other goodies from the post-mortem. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Apr 21, 2011 -
Something has happened to the world. Everything has been flattened into 2D - except you. Now the world needs you to put things back to normal. Antimatiere
is a small puzzle game where you move 2D objects around on walls and floors to solve problems. It also has a slight resemblence to Portal
in that placing doors and windows punches holes through the mentioned walls, allowing you to pass between different rooms. Warning: Requires the Unity Web Player
plugin to run. [more inside]
posted by ymgve
on Mar 9, 2011 -
Using pioneering animation techniques to create a look never seen on film before, this 10-minute award-winning film tells the true legend of history's most challenging cipher....The film contains 16 hidden messages that reveal the larger story at play. Eight are fairly easy and require only a close eye. Six are moderately difficult using various encryption methods. Two are extremely difficult and will require a genius mind to decrypt. [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio
on Jan 26, 2011 -
If you enjoy games like Myst and Riven, take a crack at Cageling
. It's a good thing your prison is a luxurious rococo palazzo, because you'll probably be there for a while. [more inside]
posted by Quietgal
on Dec 3, 2010 -