N Riddle Game
Ah, the intriguing, maddening, URL-changing riddle game. I love thee, I loathe thee....I generally find myself stumped by level 13 of, um, thee. On the one hand I adore the enigmatic, sometimes surreal nature of the genre, as well as the astonishing creativity of the potential puzzling; on the other, the strict format and occasionally absurd leaps of "logic" necessary to find the answers can be seriously irritating. At their best, URL-changers are wonderful, mentally stimulating journeys; at their worst, migraines in the making.
The N riddle game is somewhere in-between. I really like the minimalist design (black and white never go out of style) and simple, straightforward presentation of the puzzles. The first few levels are encouragingly easy and serve as a makeshift tutorial for the new player; soon, a comfortable rhythm of gradually increasing difficulty and clever puzzling has been established. But then...BLAM! A level whose answer makes no sense at all. At least not to me. So then, with the help of a magical puzzle genie (or, *cough*, a walkthrough), you find the solution. And you go on, and you're lulled into a sense of security with a few nicely thought-out levels....BLAM! It happens again! It's a real roller-coaster ride, folks.
It's really too bad, too, because about 80% of N is a lot of fun. Still, perhaps the 20% that I find aggravatingly difficult will be cotton candy and fairy dust to you. Prove me wrong. Seriously, please prove me wrong. Level 17 is driving me batty.