Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Crying Game


This is the most fun you'll have all day (and likely well into the night). It's also sure to make you want to throw your laptop through a window because your brain is about to melt down and run out of your ears.

Empire Magazine, in honor of its 20th anniversary, has put together a painting that's basically a series of movie references -- 50 to be exact, all supposedly from the last 20 years. As you scan around and get each answer, the part of the painting that provides that specific clue darkens, and the game itself keeps track of your answers in case you want to stop and pick it up later (which you'll probably need to at some point). Some of the references are shockingly obvious; some are damn near impossible to figure out. You'll be amazed at the ones you get right off the bat that you know others are racking their brains over, and you'll no doubt face-palm yourself into a coma at the ones you missed and shouldn't have.

For the record, I managed to get 47 right before hitting the wall. A few message boards have the answers but I seriously recommend trying to go as far as you possibly can without resorting to that.

Oh yeah, and I'll give you one clue: At least one of the movie references isn't technically from the last 20 years. They sort of cheated by counting a recent independent foreign film that happens to go by the same name as a more famous film from the 1970s.

Good luck.

Empire Online: Cryptic Canvas

(h/t Cesca)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's the deal with the cheerleaders? I can't tell if they're actually cheering or beating the shit out of something.

hellresident said...

Here's a hint: They're fighting or about to fight and they all look very much alike.

Take from that what you will.

I just finished this yesterday and it's just as fun as it is infuriating.

Anonymous said...

I'm just curious - Chez, which 3 couldn't you get?

I personally could only get 25. I am terrible at games like this!

Chez said...

I don't want to give away the answers, but:

The cheerleaders (which was the toughest and most ridiculous of the bunch).

The three Cs.

And Frankenstein and the devil dog (which I kicked myself in the ass for not getting).

hellresident said...

I was most pissed off about the clue where the flower is being held in the bird's mouth. Who the hell would have ever guessed the name of that film in all honesty?

Anonymous said...

I got the frankenstein and dogs...but still only managed to get 31. I couldn't figure out the cheerleaders either!

Chez said...

Yeah. That was one of the last ones I got. The bird was no problem; it's one of my favorite movies. The flower though I had to Google search until I came across a flower I knew was a movie title.

So, yeah, like Captain Kirk, I "changed the conditions of the test."

Al said...

I'm at 28/50 so far...the effing cheerleaders and Cs have me stumped. I skipped the comments above in case of spoilers...damn you for posting this! :D

hellresident said...

Nicely done.

I also meant to add to my previous post: there are two other games out there strongly similar to this one...

us.mms.com/us/dark/dark_game.jsp

digaphobia.com/virginbands-large.jsp

brite said...

gee thanks Chez...wasted my whole morning, but I eventually got all 50 :)

Chris said...

Thanks Chez, lost an hour last night on this and only got 19 so far, although I did get the Frankenstein one.
One of my friends is stuck at 4 poor thing.

marija said...

damn you Chez! now i won't get a wink of sleep tonight seeing that i'm fairly obsessive compulsive when it comes to shit like this!! work stuff on the other hand never keeps me awake at night :)

Anonymous said...

Cheerleaders!? Was that the best thing they could think of for that?
I got to 36 before I caved and looked up the rest.

Ref said...

I'm stuck at thirty-nine. Where can I find a key so I can resume my real life?

ade said...

I found this after getting stuck at 38.

http://www.robertho.com/crypticcanvas/crypticcanvashints.html

a.j.g. said...

I got to 35 and gave up. Went and found the answers. I could kick myself because I got some of the HARDEST ones and then missed shit like Traffic.