Day after day we deliver recommendations for worthwhile casual gameplay experiences—and while we don't always hit a home run, we do get it right most of the time—and the directional flow of all this goodness is predominantly from us to you. You Are Games is our attempt to balance that equation, to put you into the role of producer and challenge you to create for us.
For this week's You Are Games, we want you to put on your green leotards and level design tin foil hats and dial them to "R-I-D-D-L-E". Then sit back and let your eyes roll around to the back of your head to see the mental images that your brain displays across its high definition widescreen display. We want every brilliant idea that you see, so be sure to take notes! We don't want to miss even one usable puzzle.
If you're unsure of what we mean by a "riddle game", just take a look through other riddle games we have featured here at JIG. Some are better than others, so be careful what examples you allow to inspire you. Many of you have already played riddle games and know the kinds of things that don't work very well. There are plenty of examples of those. In fact, we featured a riddle game recently that started out pretty good, but soon diverged into the Territory of the Obscure. We want to avoid that territory, instead keeping to the Domain of the Universally Understood.
What we are looking for are one-panel riddle puzzles that yield a solution that can be typed in with standard ASCII printable characters on a keyboard (case insensitive—all solutions will be converted to lowercase before being checked). We have even provided a few examples in the prototype below to help you envision how things may work once we get all the ideas compiled:
Once you have your idea(s) jotted down (images, sketches, text explanation, or even a FLA file if you're talented with Flash), send them to the address on the right with the subject "JIG Community Riddle". Sign your entry with your JIG handle, or, if you don't have one, with the name you'd like to be listed in the credits inside the game if we use your riddle(s). The deadline for puzzle ideas is Wednesday evening, the 2nd of December, at midnight Eastern Standard Time.
We also have 25 prizes to give away in the form of coupons good for free games and even some t-shirts, too. If we receive more than 25 usable ideas, then we will draw names at random. Please include a statement that you're at least 13 years of age or older if you wish to win a prize. Offer void where prohibited. T-shirts will be shipped to US residents only.
If you have any questions at all, fire away and we'll try to address anything that comes up. Let the brainstorming begin!
The entries are in, the puzzles selected and now available to play online here: JIG Community Riddle Thanks to everyone who contributed (even if yours wasn't selected)!! :)