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Dynetzzle

A standard 6 sided die is a cube. It has eleven nets. The sum of the numbers on opposite faces of a die is 7. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Jan 30, 2014 - 26 comments

 

Objects in your crosshairs are exactly the size that they appear to be

This tech demo video from Pillow Castle Games (of Carnegie Mellon) showcases an innovative first person puzzler using the optical illusion of forced perspective.
posted by codacorolla on Jan 9, 2014 - 17 comments

What is Cicada 3301?

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. 3301
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 - 44 comments

More proof that math trickery can be used for good or evil.

Amaze Your Friends, Solve World Hunger; How to Create Chocolate out of Nothing! [slyt]
posted by quin on Oct 4, 2013 - 22 comments

Don't tell Wil Short about this technology.

Regular Expression Crosswords Do you like regular expressions? Do you like crosswords puzzles? Then you're going to (hate|love) this.
posted by boo_radley on Jul 12, 2013 - 53 comments

It's Friday somewhere, right?

Friday Flash Fun: Ending, 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 - 24 comments

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Alternate Reality Game puzzle design - Adam Foster of Valve talks about the design of the Portal 2 ARG, (previously)  and do's and don'ts for future ARGs.
posted by Artw on Jun 18, 2013 - 10 comments

Left. Right. Leeeeft. Left, Right. Right. Right. Left. COME ON!

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 - 42 comments

The Physics of Bad Piggies

The physics of Bad Piggies:  Scale, mass, scale again,  balloons and friction
posted by Artw on Jan 7, 2013 - 11 comments

Sequel to The Fool's Errand is released

The Fool and His Money - The sequel to the 1987 puzzle game The Fool's Errand has just been released, after nearly 10 years of delay and anticipation. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Oct 28, 2012 - 30 comments

Corn Mazes

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 - 26 comments

"I work in NYC, and was dragged into a very curious situation today."

Yesterday, a New York Redditor was approached by a shaggy man and handed a $50 bill and a cryptic note. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jul 12, 2012 - 244 comments

The Walls Are Shifting...

What is Spelunky? Well, it's a game that's "as generous as it is bloodthirsty," with "astonishing creativity and spectacular depth." First appearing as a freeware PC game in 2008, Spelunky (previously) is a hilariously brutal and oddly addicting marriage of roguelike, platformer, and puzzler. A new version was released for Xbox Live Arcade on July 4th, with updated visuals and a warbly soundtrack that recall the days of SNES gaming, as well as a deathmatch mode that's been compared to the mayhem of Bomberman. If you're anything like me, you'll get hopelessly consumed. (Trailer. Original freeware version for PC and Mac.)
posted by naju on Jul 5, 2012 - 40 comments

ahl_5am

Action Half-Life is a multiplayer modification that focused on cinematic gun-play. The game featured maps by Hondo, who was famous for incorporating massive puzzles in to his levels. These sprawling mysteries are explored by YouTube user bobandalot through narrative walkthroughs uploaded to his channel. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jun 17, 2012 - 17 comments

How I Scored A Million Points In SpellTower

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 - 17 comments

Sugar Sugar

Sugar, Sugar: Friday Flash Fun.
posted by saladin on Jun 1, 2012 - 17 comments

The 2012 Internet Problem Solving Contest

The 2012 Internet Problem Solving Contest will begin in a couple of days. Read the rules if you want to join in or perhaps just enjoy delving into the archive of past years' problems.
posted by Wolfdog on May 31, 2012 - 14 comments

Fez is a Twin Peaks/Link's Awakening/Myst/2001: A Space Odyssey mashup for cubist tetromino cryptographers.

Fez is an independently developed game available on Xbox Live Arcade. It's available for 800 Microsoft funbucks ($10 USD real world currency). [more inside]
posted by sparkletone on May 2, 2012 - 35 comments

FFFMMMMMMVVVVVV

FFF: MMMMMM 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 - 7 comments

Things are not as they seemed in EE101

A series circuit of 1 battery, 1 resistor, 3 switches, and 3 LEDs. What happens when you turn on each switch? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Mar 22, 2012 - 90 comments

speaking, without

In Way, two strangers learn to speak. A game (download/installation required) in which you are one of those strangers.
posted by arsey on Mar 16, 2012 - 21 comments

Harder than it seems at first.

Musaic Box 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 - 6 comments

Evil influence? Only for your productivity.

Masyu, also known as Pearls, is an NP-complete logic puzzle created by the makers of Sudoku. Brandon McPhail provides a few free puzzles to get your feet wet on his web site (Java applet). Once you've mastered those, UCLICK Games offers a free daily puzzle (Flash) with the past month of archives available too. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 18, 2012 - 28 comments

Morpion Solitaire

Morpion Solitaire is a very simple pencil-and-paper, line-drawing game for which the best possible score is not known! New records are still being set.
posted by Wolfdog on Jan 8, 2012 - 21 comments

A puzzle game.

Puppy Shelter :( [more inside]
posted by lemuring on Jan 8, 2012 - 47 comments

GEGS (9, 4)

Derek Crozier 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 - 6 comments

Bathos

Bathos. 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 - 57 comments

Wide stones cannot be swapped

Hanano Puzzle is a puzzle game about flowers, stones and gravity. Its author announced it recently on the TIGsource forums. Caveat: there is only a Windows version.
posted by tykky on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 comments

Man writes on little blue website.

Great news: Broken Picture Telephone lives, it's called Teledraw!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Sep 25, 2011 - 31 comments

Solutionism is the new Optimism?

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 enjoy it.
posted by ancillary on Sep 21, 2011 - 48 comments

To the ______ degree

(Warning: spoiler) Tom Ridge is a little teapot.

Take a cognitively dissonant walk down memory lane with the NYT's 9/11 puzzle.
posted by obscurator on Sep 8, 2011 - 57 comments

Sandiego?

"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 - 22 comments

Те́триссирте́Т

Untris... not heaven or hell, but a strange parallel universe... beyond the reaches of time...
posted by lemuring on Jul 17, 2011 - 25 comments

Lee Krasnow's puzzles

Lee Krasnow makes puzzles.
posted by Trurl on Jul 15, 2011 - 9 comments

Logic. Do you speak it?

Impasse is a simple flash-based puzzle game that involves getting your object from point A to B.
Notes:
  • 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 - 19 comments

    Samegame Fighter

    Tuesday Flash Fun: Samegame Fighter, a turn-based RPG puzzle game. [more inside]
    posted by Rinku on Jun 7, 2011 - 21 comments

    The following thread is in *massive* spoiler quotes

    Portal 2 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 (video - download - previously) and the sequel's physics-altering gels from Tag: The Power of Paint (video - download - previously - previouslier). 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 - 425 comments

    I shall call it... NAWNCO.

    A logic puzzle called NAWNCO.
    posted by lemuring on Apr 11, 2011 - 63 comments

    Villians spotted at Melbourne University!

    The annual Melbourne University Puzzle Hunt is back - and this time they need your help fending off villians with your puzzle-solving abilities. Anyone from anywhere in the world can compete in teams of 1 to 10 people (or you can see the puzzles for yourself and play at home). [more inside]
    posted by divabat on Apr 10, 2011 - 7 comments

    Picma Squared

    Picma Squared (flash, game) "You got your Picross in my Minesweeper!" "You got your Minesweeper in my Picross!" [more inside]
    posted by Ufez Jones on Apr 10, 2011 - 8 comments

    The Master Theorem

    M presents: The Master Theorem. Not that master theorem, this one is full of puzzles and games. Take a crack at this week's theorem, or start with a tutorial from the help page. Once you've solved your first theorem (and earned membership) check out the seals, a different, sometimes deeper style of puzzle. New theorems and seals are being added weekly. [more inside]
    posted by Maastrictian on Mar 13, 2011 - 59 comments

    Ah. A 3 dimensional person at last!

    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 - 35 comments

    Diamonds > 3-in-a-row

    Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles is a charming puzzle game developed in Costa Rica that pays homage to games like Puzzle Fighters, Super Mario World and Bejeweled. Available for free on PC (Windows & Linux). (via DIYGamer)
    posted by Memo on Feb 15, 2011 - 16 comments

    Blocky Madness

    FFF: Quadrus
    posted by cthuljew on Feb 4, 2011 - 4 comments

    Grow Cannon

    Hooray! It's Eyezmaze's latest GROW game, Grow Cannon.
    posted by Rinku on Jan 31, 2011 - 22 comments

    I Hardly Knew 'Er

    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 - 14 comments

    Like that "Check...and Doublecheck" game in Highlights Magazine, but for grown-ups.

    The Daily Diff is a timed spot-the-differences puzzle based on public photo submissions. There's a new photo every day. For those of you who remember Highlights for Children magazine, it's basically Check...And Doublecheck for grownups.
    posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Jan 18, 2011 - 8 comments

    So...got some time to kill?

    Courtesy of the indiegames.com weblog, the top 10 indie games of 2010 in a variety of categories:
    posted by juv3nal on Jan 14, 2011 - 27 comments

    You don't need skill of Japanese to slove this puzzle.

    Please dismantling burger(?) . you have only screwdriver. The tool you can use is the screwdriver. (Flash) [more inside]
    posted by eyeballkid on Dec 14, 2010 - 52 comments

    Resting, missed the final note, but you hear the part. (4, 2, 5)

    Frank W. Lewis, longtime cryptic crossword setter for The Nation, passed away on Nov. 18 at the age of 98. Although best known for his puzzles, of which he set nearly 3000 over sixty years, Lewis also had a distinguished career with the War Department. His work on the team deciphering Japanese shipping codes during World War II led to awards for Exceptional Civilian Service, Outstanding Civilian Service, and Bletchley Park Service. [more inside]
    posted by ecurtz on Dec 5, 2010 - 16 comments

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