Monday, September 13, 2010

6 Online Riddle Games to Keep You Glued to Your Computer

If you’re in the mood to give your mind a little exercise, online riddles are a great place to do just that. One of the most popular genre of online riddle games consists of multiple levels, containing clues in the source code, in photos, and just about everywhere you can look.

These games certainly aren’t for the easily frustrated. They are long, difficult, and sometimes one level can take ages to crack. Luckily, there are forums filled with other players happy to give hints when you get stumped like Gamershood and Nordinho.


NotPron is a challenging riddle game, and according to its creator, its the hardest riddle game on the internet. Each level contains some sort of hint to get you to the next level. Getting to the next level could be achieved by finding the right spot on the picture to click, by changing the text in the URL or by discovering the username and password to get through.

Sometimes you have to turn to resources outside of NotPron including Google or even using an image editor. The riddle gets progressively harder, which makes it all the more satisfying with each correct answer. The only way to save your progress is to bookmark the latest level. The creator also recommends keeping a note of the solution to each level.

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OddPawn is a mammoth riddle game, with over 300 levels that will have you scratching your head. In order to play OddPawn, you have to register for a free account, providing a username, password, email address and your country of residence. While OddPawn lets you choose where to start the game, we’d recommend starting with Chapter 1 to ease yourself into the harder levels.

Each level is accompanied by a question you have to answer to move on. The levels are varied, with questions relating to logic and math, and much more. The game is something of a scavenger hunt, looking for clues in the source code, file names, URLs and more. While OddPawn does keep track of your progress, be sure to bookmark the last level you are at so that you can quickly get back to that page. Otherwise you’re going to have to quickly click through the levels you’ve already completed without having to answer them. And don’t clear your cookies, otherwise you will have to solve each level again. It’s also worth mentioning that if you plan to procrastinate at work with this game, some of the levels require your audio to be turned on.

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The DaVinci Code

Whether or not you liked the book, the online riddle game, The DaVinci Code that Random House put together for fans will definitely appeal to everyone. Following the hints in each level will leave you feeling like a detective, although if there is one small complaint, deciphering the font they used makes the riddle just that little bit more difficult. For those of you who are old hands at the online riddle genre, The DaVinci Code will be a quick and easy game to pass the afternoon with.

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The First Door

The First Door doesn’t waste any time starting out with a difficult puzzle. All answers to each level are typed into the URL. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, and don’t forget that the answers are case sensitive. Unlike other puzzles listed here, you don’t need to look in the source code, you don’t need any other programs, you just need to figure out the answer to each question using logic.

Occasionally you’ll stumble upon easter eggs which will help lead you to the right answer. Once you’ve completed the First Door, you can move onto the sequel. Once again, don’t forget to bookmark your place in the riddle otherwise you’ll have to start all over again.

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To play Amnesya, you will need a photo editor and an audio editor, but they do suggest good free apps that we have reviewed here on MakeUseOf like Audacity and Gimp and IrfanView.

Like the other riddles listed here, you have to change the URL to get to the next level. Clues are hidden in the images, in the source code, and in a bunch of other places. Luckily there’s a very straightforward tutorial that will walk you through all the different places you can look for clues. Be sure to bookmark your spot in the game to come back to it.

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Einstein’s Riddle

Einstein’s Riddle is a very different kind of riddle game. There’s only one level, but don’t be fooled by that, it’s definitely a headscratcher. You are given a list of facts about 5 men, and using logic and deduction, you can answer the one and only question in the riddle.

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