Game Classification

Notpron David Muennich (Germany), David Muennich (Germany), 2004 Play it Now !

Informations Analyses Serious Gaming





Besides play, this title features the following intents:
  • Educative message broadcasting


This title is used by the following domains:
  • Entertainment


This title targets the following audience:
Age : 8 to 11 years old / 12 to 16 years old / 17 to 25 years old
General Public


The gameplay of this title is Game-based
(designed with stated goals)

The core of gameplay is defined by the rules below:

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Notpron A Masquerade of sorts for the 21st century (only without the prize), Notpron is a collection of obtuse problems that only a nerdy polyglot could make sense of -- but fortunately the Internet is full of those. This game presents a very simple premise (proceed from one webpage through to the next until the full suite have been traversed) and then makes it as difficult as possible to proceed, using every dirty trick (or, if you prefer, rarified challenge) the developer and all his friends could come up with, requiring techniques such as phonetic and visual wordplay, cryptography, source code analysis, external applications and such frequent use of Google researching that a search window has been embedded into many pages for the players' convenience on this scavenger hunt of knowledge. To corroborate the claims of varied tactics, one need only consult the terms praised on the dummy of the certificate issued to those who complete the game's now 140 levels (3 to date, from some 13.5 million casual visitors, though 168 players have achieved all but the last level):

"Furthermore, competence in the following areas have been displayed:Sound editingGraphic editingMusical understandingInsight into HTML programmingRapid learning of new programsEfficient online research techniquesInsight into the complex workings of a computer"Often a page's title bar will hold some tantalizing clue regarding its nature. Most pages, when correctly interpreted (typically after numerous attempts), will yield knowledge that can lead to a username/password combination allowing advancement to the next page. [source:mobygames]

Distribution : Retail - Commercial
Platform(s) : Browser (Flash)