Sunday, May 14, 2006

All about the Eurostar quest

Here it is as promised, albeit a little late. All of the information I will reference in this post can be found in its entirety on the how to play page.

The Eurostar quest began on May 3rd and ends on May 30th. You must be at least 18 years of age to win the prizes, oh yea, and don't forget, you must have access to the Internet (hmm... let's see: check, check, What!! I need Internet access, your joking right?). Level 1 and Level 2 will be live at 06:00 GMT (01:00 EST) on 3 May 2006; Level 3 will be live at 06:00 GMT (01:00 EST) on 19 May 2006 and the Grand Prize Puzzle will be live at 06:00 GMT (01:00 EST) on 25 May 2006.

How to win the Ultimate Prize: You must complete all the Main Puzzles correctly and be the player from your Territory who completes the Grand Prize Puzzle in the fewest attempts. If two or more players complete the Grand Prize Puzzle in the same number of attempts the player with the fastest time will be chosen from your Territory. You may be required to provide the answer to a skill tiebreaker in case two or more players submit identical fastest times and have the same number of attempts.

Your time is measured from when you start a puzzle to when you complete it and is unrelated to the date or time of release of the puzzle. You have up to three entries to play. You can try on subsequent entries to reduce the number of attempts and improve your time. Your best entry will be submitted for the Grand Prize Puzzle.

In the Eurostar quest you will start your challenges at your table (as opposed to your personal homepage in the Google quest). Your table consists of the Map Folder, a Sony PSP, a Sony Ericsson camera phone, an Organiser, and various hidden items that will be revealed as you progress.

The quest is comprised of 16 puzzles over 3 levels in 6 differant puzzle types. The puzzle types are described as follows (copied verbatim from the how to play page):

“Level 1” means Main Puzzles 1-5;
“Level 2” means Main Puzzles 6-10;
“Level 3”means Main Puzzles 11-15;

Cryptographic puzzles
Codes and ciphers. Alphabet characters, numbers or symbols are used to replace and disguise the answer. You will be given instructions and clues for each puzzle.

Memory games
Games that require you to memorise images, words or symbols, then use your memory skill to remember their position or other details about them.

Construction games
Games that ask you to fit together a selection of pieces to construct a pre-defined shape or image, such as the outline of a building.

Research puzzles
Puzzles that can be solved by on-line research, either within this site or using external resources, such as Google or Wikipedia.

Cryptic puzzles
Riddles, word games, anagrams. Use logic and lateral thinking to solve these puzzles. The answer can usually be found somewhere within the question, if you look in the right way.

Prize Puzzles
During your Quest you will be able to play for some amazing prizes. Each prize puzzle is a specially created cryptographic puzzle that offers randomised multiple attempts. No matter how many times you try and solve these puzzles, no advantage can be gained over and above your knowledge of how to operate the puzzle mechanics.

Instructions on how to play each individual puzzle are provided before playing.

And apparently, that's all you need to know, so as soon as you give away all of your personal information to the Columbia Tristar Marketing Group you'll be on your way to finishing the quest. Lastly, make sure you have Flash Player 8 or you won't be gettin' very far.

Good Luck (Chance plays no part in this Promotion.)!! By the way, I'm starting my first challenge tomorrow, any hints or tips about what the first puzzle is about??

28 Comments:

Blogger Icedemon said...

The first puzzle is like the game Mastermind. You have the numbers 0-9 and it tells you whether it is

a) right number, right place
b) right number, wrong place
c) wrong number


A good tip is to write down all your numbers and cross them out when it tells you that it is wrong, along with making 5 spaces and filling in the numbers as you get them correct.

Oh, and as a tip: When it says you have 3 tries, it doesn't mean that you have 3 attempts at guessing. It means that you "play the game of Mastermind" 3 times. You are not limited to 3 attempts.


Puzzle #2 is very similar.


Best times so far...


Prize Puzzle #1:

3 Attempts, 1:21


Prize Puzzle #2:

5 Attempts, 1:24

11:01 PM  
Blogger classicstrings said...

Prize Puzzle 1 - 8 Attempts 33 seconds

11:47 PM  
Blogger StringAnomaly said...

Anyone know if the end of level puzzle rewards are based more on atempts or on time?
Thanks!

3:24 AM  
Blogger ThereIN said...

The link below will be usefull in solving the first puzzel on Reagents Park Map
http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/shakespeare's_characters.htm

8:20 AM  
Blogger whatsinaname said...

3 Attempts 47.64 Seconds

8:52 AM  
Blogger kerri13 said...

David: How to win End of Level Prizes: You must complete the End of Level Puzzles in the fewest attempts. To win an End of Level Prize, you must be amongst the players from your Territory who complete the End of Level Puzzle in the fewest attempts. If two or more players complete an End of Level Puzzle in the same number of attempts, the players with the fastest time will be chosen from your Territory.

9:25 AM  
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9:31 AM  
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9:39 AM  
Blogger The Slash said...

Dangit... I got as far as possible, and now I have to wait until the 19th. Bummer.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Bjars said...

I agree... major bummer

4:19 PM  
Blogger a1bengal said...

This was a cool site to check your progress against Having fun with this one Chers Jane

5:14 PM  
Blogger a1bengal said...

opps here is the link LOL Cheers Jane
http://waelchatila.com/2006/05/13/1147507198391.html

5:16 PM  
Blogger The Slash said...

My times:

Prize puzzle 1: 4 attempts - 4 min 18.57

Prize puzzle 2: 6 attempts - 1 minutes 57.71

Is that good?

9:02 PM  
Blogger camattin said...

how in the world to get past those annoying slider puzzles???

12:13 AM  
Blogger camattin said...

Holy crap, I just made it. Must be my lack of thinking power at 3:15am! :)

12:17 AM  
Blogger Sagron said...

For anyone interested or stuck, I do have most of the answers on my blog as well... it's at http://sagron.blogspot.com.
Not trying to steal traffic away, I just don't feel like reposting them here. Feel free to copy them if you'd like though (although being given credit would be nice).

12:17 AM  
Blogger renszarvas said...

I cannot move the small circle on Market Place (dial circles puzzle), so I went to the Macromedia Flash Player help site to see my settings. I tried to change everything under the sun. In a case I was no longer able to lock/unlock the ornate button, in an other case the game no longer allowed me to write in my password, but no change resulted in being able to move the inner circle. Now I set back everything how it was, and I am back to square one. I have a Mac with OS X. Anyone has any idea what should I do?

1:27 AM  
Blogger renszarvas said...

P.S.: even if I move the outer circle, the letters do not change

1:39 AM  
Blogger ThereIN said...

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9:06 AM  
Blogger ThereIN said...

Hi
anyone here wants to spell out the logic in solving the cryptex here... how are the SYMBOLS related with the SEQUENCE to be decoded??????

My attempts were more of hit and trial than any logic except for those lights suggesting thgs.

9:07 AM  
Blogger kerri13 said...

therein - I noticed the symbols at the bottom of the cryptex in the level one puzzle also, but didn't think to write down what numbers they matched. Do you think they matched up with numbers?
It's too bad you can't go back and at least try the puzzles again for fun.

11:43 AM  
Blogger -tg- said...

ahh why do you have to be 18 to win the prizes... i'm 17 and had a completion of 4 attempts in less than a minute on the second puzzle which is the best i've seen so far

4:34 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

puzzle 1:

2 attempts, 13 seconds. I was basically handed an easy puzzle. all green except 2 yellow, just switched the yellow numbers.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Hitesh said...

Safe Puzzle (Puzzle 2) --- 5 attempts, time 1 minute and 9 seconds

3:29 PM  
Blogger tait2001 said...

puzzle #2 4 attempts 2:00

6:50 PM  
Blogger Lainie said...

puzzle #1 - 2 attempt 14 seconds (pure dumb luck).

puzzel #2 - a really long time.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Noah said...

Prize Puzzle #2: 3 attempts, 39 seconds.

12:04 AM  
Blogger blabla said...

Please allow Indians to take part in Eurostar quest as we really enjoyed solving these puzzles and want prizes.

11:36 PM  

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