Puzzllotto – Twitter hint analysis

Puzzllotto is a five dollar puzzle application. The first user to “solve” the puzzle wins the prize – every day the prize is increased by $1000. If the puzzle is not solved in 30 days, the prize is donated to a charity. It’s been out there for about a week now, and so far no one has managed to solve it.

Honestly, I didn’t want to write about Puzzllotto. It’s gotten enough blog coverage as it is, and there isn’t much else to say about it. Still, there’s not much chatter about solving the game. I’m assuming that’s because those trying to solve the mystery don’t want to give their progress away. I’m not competing for the prize, so I don’t mind putting in my two cents.

Even though I haven’t purchased the game, I’m eagerly anticipating the noon Twitter announcements from United Lemur. The first 7 hints have been intriguing:

  1. If you think you’ve solved Puzzllotto, you haven’t. When you solve Puzzllotto, you’ll know.
  2. Today’s hint: If the game were called Nunnllotto, the Fosa would be a ruler.
  3. Solving Puzzllotto doesn’t require rhythm or arcane gestures. Think twice, tap once.
  4. The lemurs are there to help you. The butterflies are there to guide you.
  5. The order of the puzzles in Puzzllotto has more to do with playability than solvability.
  6. Finishing Puzzllotto is not the same as solving Puzzllotto.
  7. The male lemurs are the ones with the wrist glands. This has no relevance to the puzzle whatsoever.

I’ve grouped the hints into five categories, since they seem to be following a pattern (so far).

Hints 1 and 6 seem like zen statements. You do not solve the puzzle through uncertainty. You have not solved the puzzle when the game is over.

Hints 2 and 7 are either lame jokes or cleverly disguised hints. The name of the app is Puzzllotto, equal parts Puzzl and Lotto. Nunnllotto would be equal parts Nunnl and Lotto, and Nunnle isn’t a word. Hint 7 (released a few minutes ago) openly declares itself as a waste of time. Very classy!

Hint 3 seems like an actually helpful gameplay hint – the game is turn-based. I can’t imagine how frustrating that game would be if it required timing alongside note-taking.

Hint 4 goes against something written on their web page: “Lemurs…Let them be your guide as you work to discover the hidden secrets of the forest.” But according to the hint, the lemurs only help you.

Hint 5 intones that the puzzles were set up that way so that you’d have a good time.

To add to the head scratching, the prize announcements have been giving mixed messages:

“impossibly frustrating — yet easily solvable — Puzzllotto!”
“Puzzllotto is starting to get conceited, telling other puzzles it’s the hardest.

I’ll be updating as the Twitter hints keep coming:
10/31/2008 Update: Is Puzzllotto Over?

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2 responses to “Puzzllotto – Twitter hint analysis

  • Phil+

    WHAT THE HINTS MEAN:’

    1. If you think you’ve solved Puzzllotto, you haven’t. When you solve Puzzllotto, you’ll know.

    (It is possible to finish all the levels in a way that the actual solution has not been achieved. People have found there are four levels then the game is over. But to finish the four levels is not the same as solving the puzzle.)

    2. Today’s hint: If the game were called Nunnllotto, the Fosa would be a ruler.

    (This suggests that in the Madagascar language Puzzl means something and Nunn refers somehow to the Fosa. Either that or Nunn is “none” so that none-lotto is what you’d get (nothing) if the fosa were not the bad guy.)

    3. Solving Puzzllotto doesn’t require rhythm or arcane gestures. Think twice, tap once.

    (It’s not that you have to tap in a certain beat or use lots of fingers all at once. Its the choice of tapping that leads to the correct solution.)

    4. The lemurs are there to help you. The butterflies are there to guide you.

    (Suggests that Lemurs keep you going and butterflies show where.)

    5. The order of the puzzles in Puzzllotto has more to do with playability than solvability.

    (Solving the four puzzles doesn’t necessarily happen in the order they are presented.)

    6. Finishing Puzzllotto is not the same as solving Puzzllotto.

    (See #1 above.)

    7. The male lemurs are the ones with the wrist glands. This has no relevance to the puzzle whatsoever.

    (Not helpful.)

    OTHERS, PLEASE SHARE OTHER INSIGHTS!

  • morscata12

    It looks like someone may have solved Puzzllotto. From their Twitter comments, it sounds like the glowing eyes in the forest (taken as a whole image) could be decoded into words/letters. Hint 5 would imply that the words/letters needed to be rearranged. Hint 6 would back up that theory, since you could finish the game without decoding the in-game message.

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