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.
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It won't let you click this time
Try changing the URL to 3.html
III is Roman numerals for 3
Try typing IV.html for level 4
Write out the number of the next level
There are 5 o's. How many o's would equal 6?
110 is 6 in Binary
What is 7 in Binary?
Sept? Is that short for September? Try "Oct".
Didn't work? Sept is French for 7.
huit is French for 8
Thgie? Ah. Eight backwards.
Try Nine backwards.
Huh... Nothing there! Press CTRL-A to see if anything is hiding.
NINE. Number 10 is next.
Nothing there again?! Can't trick me this time!
Huh. There is nothing there. It's probably hiding in the source code.
Right Click, View Page Source.
"e_l_e_v_e_n shall follow"
eeleeveen. I think I heard that on The Lord of The Rings. Try "frodo.html".
No luck? Why have they put in extra e's... wierd.
Try the same for Twelve.
a_dozen. A dozen equals 12 right?
What does thirteen equal?
A bakers dozen!!
13, Unlucky. But who for?!
Unlucky for some, I guess?!
What does 196 mean? It's a big number eh?
Maybe it's the 14 is the square root of 196?
Then what is 15 squared?
Inspector Morse, do you have any ideas?
It's the Morse Code. Whats 16 in Morse Code?
Thats got to be Lord of the Rings Speak. Try Mordor.html
Hmm... No Luck. It's probably Welsh then.
Yes, that is 16 in Welsh. What is 17?
Got that from here.
1597? Whats special about that?
It's a Fibonacci number
What comes next in the sequence?
Blank page? Wait, whats the title of this page?!
EIGHteen. Maybe the next page is similar?
___nineteen___? What's with the underscores?
Italicized 20 in the middle of the page. write "21.html" in Italics. It should work.
It didnt?! What is odd about the number 20 then?
It's an image. What is it called?
twnt.png? How can we write 21 in the same format?
Orziot Jiz. That is DEFINITELY Lord of the Rings. Try Smeagol.html.
That didn't work!? Wait, that looks like "21" written in a Ceasar Cypher. It looks like it's 5 characters out.
Hmm... Twenty_two with a 5 character shift didn't work. 21+5 = 26.
So, 22+4 also = 26. Try a shift of 4 letters instead.
has_9? What has 9?
Twenty two has 9 letters.
How many does 23 have?
The hour before. Before what? "Idol" on TV?!
This is Level 23
Or 23:00, the hour before...
fn four point... blah blah... Another long number.
Fn means Function right?
What functions have we had alread?
Square Root! 4.897... is the square root of 24!
Whats the Square rot of 25?
Is that hex?
x19 is hexadecimal for 25.
So what is hex for 26?
Ooh nice background colour! But lets focus on solving the problem eh?
Maybe it's in the background?!
Whats funny about the source?
#1a001a... If 1a is 26, then 27 is....
Great, Blank page. Lets go for the source again.
See anything funny? He spelt "Style" wrong.
Lets look at the Style sheet for Stylee.css
change to URL to stylee.css
Anything out of place? bbabb perhaps?
Looks a bit like binary. Swap the a/b's for 0/1's.
11011 is binary for 27...
28 has feb?
Then what does 29 have?
Isn't it a leap year this year?
Then feb has 29 too!
Tent yew inn. That HAS TO BE The Lord of The Rings. Try Aragorn.html
Dang! I thought I had it then. Is that an anagram?
Of Twentynine perhaps?
What is an anagram of Thirty?
Posted by: .Ben | March 12, 2008 2:02 PM