~ About the riddle ~
Cipher is an online riddle. Its name, according to the dictionary, means "a message in code."
An online riddle is a kind of puzzle that requires the player to advance through a series of puzzles or "levels" in the form of HTML pages. Other kinds of games in this genre include NotPr0n (the first in the genre), Neutral Riddle, Clever Waste of Time, and many others.
This game is under continuous development, so I would appreciate any feedback, glitch reports, and/or constructive criticism you have on the 60 levels I've created so far, as well as any good ideas you may have for future levels.
You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you.
~ About the creator ~
I, Benjamin Gabbay (Gamemastertips), was inspired to create this riddle after being the 13th person to fully beat David Munnich's NotPr0n, "The hardest riddle available on the internet." I figured that after cracking my brain over NotPr0n's 140 levels (including the "impossible" level Nu), I'd compile the throng of level ideas I gathered during the year I spent on David's riddle and develop my own clever conundrum.
Aside from making riddles, I also enjoy many other forms of art, including music, writing, and graphic art. All my web profiles can be viewed on my personal site, www.benjamingabbay.com.
The most notable of my projects would be a fantasy novel I've written, Wingheart: Luminous Rock. Check out the official site at www.winghearttrilogy.com! I've also developed a smaller online riddle modeled on scenes from the novel, Wingheart Riddle. It's playable here.
~ About the riddle logo ~
The game logo is the odd symbol shown to the left. It consists of 5 Greek letters, bunched together to form a key-like symbol—Sigma: Iota: Phi: Epsilon: Rho: . Placed side by side, these letters pronounce the English word “cipher,” the name of the riddle.
~ Halls of Fame ~
Halls of Fame are added at significant milestones in the riddle's development. There are currently two: one for the first victors of level 50, and a special one for the first victors of each Temp End.
Question: Who is this 'Balthazar' everyone's referring to?
~ Credits ~
I very much thank the following people who have lent their ideas, help, suggestions, and/or inspiration for the riddle:
David Munnich: Inspiration for the entire riddle, and for kick-starting the incredibly awesome genre now known as the online riddle
Kawkowa: For being an awesome moderator on the Cipher Official Forums. Also, credits for the ideas for Level 24, as well as enormous feedback, help, and coding support with all the levels.
Vincent Espolon Alde (rnightshroud): For being the forum's second awesome moderator!
Wenyu "Hearson" Zhang: For discovering a major string of bugs in the old version of level 60, which has since been replaced. He would like me to mention that he is an awesome hacker and programmer!
Misa: Inspiration for level 58
Blaise de Vigenère: Idea for Level 27
8wmais: For immense help in developing the Greek riddle logo (above), and for some of the awesome puzzles in Level 38
KillerT: For pointing out the existence of a major bug on level 44 (that has since been fixed)
Ralphjesy12: For pointing out quite a devious bug in level 59.
Yalcin Altay of EG24: For posting the riddle on his site, EscapeGames24, and generating
some 6,000 unique views to this site in two days in the first weeks of the riddle's initiation.
Jon Anderson of EG24: For helping greatly in promoting the riddle across the web, including on Facebook
Marven of Marv Riddle: For his delightfully devious and clever idea in the first part of Level 43
Diego of Neutral Riddle: Inspiration for Level 15 (one of the most brilliant decoding techniques ever)
A Special Thanks to the Nordinho.net, GamersHood.com, and Cipher Forum Community:
Lebnny: For first advertising the riddle on Nordinho and giving it the jumpstarting surge of traffic it needed.
Adventure: For substantial level feedback, but most importantly, for alerting me that some of the riddle level URLs had been indexed on Google, allowing cheaters to jump straight to level 29 with a simple site search. Thanks to Adventure, this has since been fixed.
BBGK, Syk, MishuAnubis, Clee, Boke, PEL45, Tynka, SecretPirate, Dalveen, and many more: All for playing each level as it would come out and giving me much-appreciated feedback and bug reports along the way.
SecretPirate: For first advertising the riddle on GamersHood.com and thus further adding to the riddle's traffic.
~ Copyright information ~
All levels, photographs, and artwork used in the riddle, (except for a few vector images, free stock material, and memes) are Copyright © Benjamin Gabbay. Thank you for respecting this.