Topic: Kongregate /
7x7 - The 49th Kongregate community gaming tournament (Round 3) (Ends on 2015/10/11, 4:00 PM GMT +2)
Aaaaand it’s over! GG to everyone who passed this round. For those who didn’t feel the rhythm, though; well, better luck next time.
Round 3: Speedrun
Surprise surprise! I think I just used up all of Team No Riddles’ secret weapons in the first rounds. Gee, I wonder why.
For the few people who’ve never taken part in a tourney before and are still reading this, speedrun games are pretty much the aces in most tourney winners’ decks. I have no idea why; perhaps they’re just really good at optimization, perhaps they just find games like this easier than others, perhaps it’s the lack of random elements.
Either way, these games are very popular in tournies, and thus, I think whoever wins this one has to show at least some level of competence in this category as well.
Now, let’s introduce the three tasks. In all three tasks, the goal will be the same: finishing the games in less than 777 seconds (12 minutes, 57 seconds) each. Also, bonuses will act a bit differently; instead of a 77% reduction, if you use a bonus on a task, you get 77% more time, making the goal 1375 seconds (22 minutes, 55 seconds) instead.
For the first task, you’ll be learning to dance in Give Up, Robot; (over here, there’s no high score API, so the chat tab will suffice)
For the second task, Tealy & Orangey will teach you the basics of cooperation;
And for the final task, you’ll be learning what to do in surreal situations, like in Pause Ahead.
Screenies should look somewhat like these, except better.
(In this screenshot, we can see Pig predicting the game and me denying it)
Spreading the sheets
Ok, now that that’s finished, let’s get back to business in more important matters. Did you manage to find what’s changed? …Ok, so the picture’s link? Alright, lemme check that…
*finds the secret image*
*cue loud beeping again*
What in the world. Ok, so a box appeared which I’m supposed to write something into, and there’s a black image to help me with that. What now? …”One less than the title”? But how do they know what the title is? …Right, they hijacked the image in the OP. So, one less than 7×7, which means… 48?
*computer whirs madly*
Oh crap, did this thing download a virus? …Oh, ok, no, false alarm. It just opened another box which I’d have to write in, and a notepad with a readable row and some random gibberish written in it. I think I can copy it and give it to you to check. I guess if you can find out what this means and what I should write in the box, I can count it for another bonus.
FIRST, ADD A NUMBER TO THE NEXT ROW;
KV ZVTLAOPUN ZPTPSHY AV AOL YVD HMALYDHYK, IBA UVD HKK H DVYK AV PA ZVTLOVD;
SRY XPDT LLZ YSWO EGA’W DIOXRJW EEGYIH.
MLD TL YZXP ZMW URMW GSV DLIWH LM GSV MFNYVI'H KOZXV. GSVRI OVGGVIH DROO SLOW GSV HLOFGRLM BLF'IV OLLPRMT ULI.
(OOC: The second riddle’s solution:
The banner in the OP had its link changed to http://i.imgur.com/GyJN7P9.png#swap_ntOBFKU.
If you do what the link says, and swap GyJN7P9 with ntOBFKU, you get this.
The image contains Greek alphabet characters, which are easily revealable via image manipulation in any online image editor, or even by just setting your screen brightness to a higher level.
The characters, when translated to the Latin alphabet, read “one less than the title”, which gives the solution, 48.)