Sony Pictures and Google team-up to offer this Flash-based puzzle game comprised of a series of puzzles that together form the basis for a contest. Of course, the real purpose of the game is to promote the May release of the Da Vinci Code movie. The contest is open to legal residents of the US, the UK, and Australia.
The Da Vinci Code Quest features a variety of puzzles of increasing difficulty that incorporate themes, symbols and characters pulled directly from the movie. Immediately following the completion of each puzzle, the game presents a question for which the answer must come from knowledge about the movie. Some questions will require watching video highlights from the movie, a visit to the movie's official website, or even searching via Google.
The puzzles may be played as often as you wish, and there are several unique variations to each one. Wrong answers don't count against the player, nor does the time required to complete each of the puzzles.
The game requires registration for a Google personalized home page on which the game module will be installed and accessed from (see screenshot). There will be a total of 24 daily puzzles that must be solved, in any order, prior to 1:00PM EDT on May 11, 2006, which is the end of Phase 1 of the (US) contest.
The contest is described in the official rules as being "skill-based" and "time-based." The time-based portion of the game comes into play when the last of the daily puzzles becomes available. Upon successfully completing all 24 puzzles prior to the end of Phase 1, the player will be automatically directed to the Puzzle Completion Form where their Google ID is to be entered and submitted for a time stamp ("PUZZLE COMPLETION TIME"). The player will then be automatically directed to the Contest Entry Form, which must be correctly completed in-full and submitted for another time stamp ("CONTEST ENTRY TIME").
Only the first 10,000 participants who correctly solve all 24 puzzles AND submit a puzzle completion form AND a contest entry form will advance to the Final Phase of the contest.
Cheers to J.F. for suggesting this one. =)