Castle Conundrum

Player Rating4.51/8

"#250 overall, #20 for 2016"
based on 102 ratings since 03/01/2016
played 1,192 times (finished 130)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length4/8

"A well spent lunch break"

Maturity Level3/8

"must be at least this tall to play"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 10. If this were a movie, it would probably be between G and PG.

The world has been ruled with an iron grip by the evil Lord Enigma for centuries. Hidden within the impenetrable fortress of Castle Conundrum, he is all but undefeatable.

But you are an adventurer, and it is your job to defeat evil overlords, no matter what the odds.

Can you puzzle your way through Castle Conundrum and defeat the evil Lord Enigma?

 

An entry for the Riddles & Puzzles competition 2016.

Overall Winner: Riddles & Puzzles 2016

Player Comments

Congrats on your win! This one had my vote too, and I see I wasn't alone in enjoying it. You hit just the right balance in puzzle difficulty, and in between puzzle and plot, and that's something that was apparently difficult in the ten day limit you all had. Most of the other entries focused on one aspect to the exclusion of the other, but yours IMO came together as a complete game and the most solid and satisfying in both areas.

Even though the plot was extremely straightforward, the writing was solid and the viewpoint character had a good voice, and the game was just funny, and fun. Great puzzles too, though at this point that probably goes without saying.
-- mizal on 3/12/2016 9:40:55 AM with a score of 0
Well this was a fun puzzle game! In the end I didn’t mind that there was not much story as there was a clear purpose behind the protagonist’s journey and the riddles all made me think (I even had to table all the information down for the nurse one, props for that), but were still solvable on my own. The Monty Python reference was also quite funny, I knew what was going to happen right away but I still laughed at the ending.

I also think you had enough of the character in there that we could connect with their situation on some basic level. This game was pleasant and fun to play, but I can’t rate it higher than 5/8, as it is quite short and the plot is very basic. However I do think this is the best puzzle/riddle, not including my own entry.
-- Future on 3/5/2016 3:57:14 AM with a score of 0
+1 rating bump just for the hilarious shoutout to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

I had a lot of fun with the riddles, which were original, well-constructed, and really made me think. I do worry about the intelligence of the people in your fantasy setting though, if it took 9734 of them before someone could succeed, but then again, I suppose the lack of education and literacy might have worked against them!

All in all, the setting was very straightforward, but written with such sass and satire that I enjoyed reading through it all the same. The grammar and spelling was flawless and the scripting that went into the convoluted riddle answers worked smoothly. It was very linear, but then again, I didn't mind it in this set up - I only wish there were more riddles to keep the fun going.

All in all, fantastic work, and pretty much everything you could ask for from a riddle game.
-- the_quiller on 3/2/2016 4:44:49 PM with a score of 0
I got stuck on the atient one, litrally took me like 2 hours to solve, but i did it
-- OLivers2 on 2/28/2019 3:50:01 PM with a score of 0
This took a lot of clicks to get right, but believe me, it was worth it. The story was simple, but fit perfectly with the game. The nurses question left me tied up for a few days! This is a great intellectual puzzle, much more game than story.
-- chturh14 on 2/4/2019 4:55:13 PM with a score of 0
The game was very challenging, as it encouraged me to grab up a note pad and pencil to write useful information down. I especially loved the ending as I have seen and greatly loved Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail.
-- BeagleGamer66 on 1/30/2019 12:42:54 AM with a score of 0
The story makes sense- I like it when the main character has emotions, and this chronicled that completely. It's action and heart, and it's definitely better than my stories.The only thing not good is how the story started in a confusing way.
-- Anastasia on 1/21/2019 9:39:39 AM with a score of 0
Pretty fun! Lots of puzzles!
-- Red on 1/16/2019 2:31:03 PM with a score of 0
Awesome storygame, had me stumped for awhile..
Had to use pen and paper for the 5 patients puzzle
-- Shane_Summer on 7/3/2018 3:48:57 AM with a score of 0
I plan to use this with a class of upper elementary EFL students. It's just about the right level of challenge in the puzzles, the vocabulary, and the length. I'm guessing most groups will get through it in one class, working together to solve the puzzles. The only downside is that the Monty Python questions at the end will confuse them...but hopefully not throw them off! Thanks for the fun story!
-- DPL on 6/21/2018 1:39:40 AM with a score of 0
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