The Wicked and The Wicked Junior are two online riddle games similar to Dumb: The Game and God Tower. Created by Tay Wei Kiat, the puzzles have an uncanny knack of being so simple they're complex. The answers are usually right before your eyes, yet you'll find that each time you'll be stumped for half an hour.
While both games are structured around the same idea, the original has a distinct IT focus, meaning you'll need a fair amount of tech knowledge to progress. The Wicked Junior is filled with word riddles anyone familiar with English should be able to understand. Both will drive you batty.
Each puzzle is a simple combination of letters, numbers or even an image or two. All you have to do is come up with the answer and fill it in the box. The solution may be more than one word but it always makes sense (no random strings of letters).
The maddeningly frustrating part about The Wicked and its Junior counterpart is that, other than the Wicked forums (and the lovely comments on your favorite site, JayIsGames), you're on your own. It's hard to hit up Google for answers because, well, what do you search for?
The simple HTML/Java interface is suitable for any browser and even the slowest internet connections can easily handle the load. It's a little clumsy hitting the "Back" button after an incorrect guess, but that just encourages you to get it right on the first try.
The Wicked has 55 levels of puzzles while Junior has 30. Get ready for a challenge, and get ready to be frustrated. The Wicked is all the name claims it to be.