If you’re in the mood to give your mind a little exercise, online riddles are a great place to do just that. One popular genre of online riddle games consists of multiple levels, with clues found in the source code, photos, and just about everywhere you can look.
One part riddle, and one part detective work, the games listed here will give you an immense sense of satisfaction as you crack each level.
NotPron is a challenging riddle game. According to its creator, it’s the hardest riddle game on the internet. But it’s not the only game on this list to make that claim.
Each level contains some sort of hint to get you to the next level. You can advance to the next level by finding the right spot on the picture to click, by changing the text in the URL, or by discovering a username and password to get through.
Sometimes you have to turn to resources outside of the game, including Google or even using an image editor. The riddle gets progressively harder, which makes it all the more satisfying with each correct answer. The only way to save your progress is to bookmark the latest level. The creator also recommends keeping a note of the solution to each level.
OddPawn is a mammoth riddle game, with over 300 levels that will have you scratching your head. In order to play OddPawn, you have to register for a free account. While the game lets you choose where to start, we’d recommend starting with Chapter 1 to ease yourself into the harder levels. (Plus, you’re going to need some patience waiting for the next levels to load.)
Each level is accompanied by an image and a question you have to answer to move on. The levels are varied, with questions relating to logic, math, and much more. The game is something of a scavenger hunt. You’ll have to look for clues in the source code, file names, URLs, and wherever else you can find them.
While OddPawn does keep track of your progress, be sure to bookmark the last level you reach so that you can quickly get back to that page. Otherwise, you’re going to have to click through the levels you’ve already completed without having to answer them.
OddPawn also lets you know how many other users have reached each level, and how many have solved it. Thus, you’ll know how you stack up against other players. It’s also worth mentioning that if you plan to procrastinate at work with this game, some of the levels require audio.
If you’re a fan of Dan Brown and The DaVinci Code, you’ll probably love the riddle game that Random House put together back when the book came out.
Following the hints in each level will leave you feeling like a detective. A minor issue is that deciphering the font makes the riddle just a bit more difficult. For those of you who are old hands at the online riddle genre, The DaVinci Code is a quick and easy game to pass the afternoon with.
Like the other riddles here, you must change the URL to reach the next level. Clues are hidden in the images, in the source code, and many other places. Luckily, there’s a straightforward tutorial that will walk you through all the different places you can look for clues.
Be sure to bookmark your spot in the game to come back to it later.
Einstein’s Riddle is a different kind of riddle game. There’s only one level, but don’t be fooled — it’s definitely a head-scratcher. You receive a list of facts about five men. Using logic and deduction, you attempt to answer the one and only question in the riddle.
You can drag and drop tiles into the right positions, although you might want to keep a paper and pen handy to figure out the solution.
If you’re not a fan of the drag and drop method, you can opt for this version instead. You make your selections from a dropdown menu, and the site will conveniently let you know when you’ve got a conflict in your answers.
If you prefer traditional riddles, Zahada might be a good match for you. Many of the levels are riddles in the traditional sense, and if you get stumped, Google is your best friend. As you solve the levels, you’ll type the answer in the URL.
Depending on your riddle expertise, Zahada can be a really challenging game to solve. In addition to turning to Google, you can also take a peek in the Zahada forums for even more clues.
A lot of these riddles need time and patience. If you’re looking for a quick game to play during a short break or just want a small distraction, Braingle Puzzles offers up traditional riddles like the ones you probably played when you were growing up.
Briangle doesn’t have levels that you have to work your way through. Instead, each riddle is a standalone brain teaser, and if you’re stumped, just click the Show the answer button and you’ll be put out of your misery.
Once you’re done with the riddle you can have Braingle offer up a similar type of riddle or you can get a random brain teaser.
Hints, Help, and More
Most of these games aren’t for the easily frustrated. They are long, difficult, and sometimes a level can take ages to crack. Luckily, there are forums like Gamershood and Nordinho filled with other players happy to give hints when you get stumped. If you’ve simply done all you can and need the answer to a level, you can also just search for the game title and the level you’re stuck on, and you’re bound to bump into a quick solution.
The majority of these games also require Adobe Flash, so if you prefer not to enable Flash in your browser, most of these won’t work for you.
Did you manage to get to the end of any of these online riddles? What games would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments.