Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt (Thanks for playing!)

Would you like to have the hints be easier or harder?

  • Easier and shorter.

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  • Easier, but about the same length.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Easier, but with more layered challenges.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The same difficulty, but shorter.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Harder, but with shorter challenges.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Harder, but about the same length.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Harder AND with even more layered challenges!

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    9

Ice Cream Man

And It Don't Stop
Core 'Shroom Staff
Poll Committee

Hint Hunt


Hi there, hunters. If you've played Super Mario Odyssey, you're probably aware of the 21 Hint Art pieces scattered around the various Kingdoms. These puzzles provide you with some sort of clue towards the location of a Power Moon, buried in the floor for you to ground pound 'em straight into your Moon collection.

Now, surely you want more of these peculiar pictures. "21? Is that it?" you say, fondly looking back at memories of the artful artworks. "I need to experience more of these disorienting dot-pngs! And trickier ones, too!"

What are the rules?
*On July 10th, I will send out 6 puzzles to the people who signed up. They would vary in complexity, from clues akin to normal Hint Arts, to puzzles with multiple steps. This ensures that players can choose how much they want to challenge themselves, while still offering simpler clues for those who want to go for easier points.
*The players will have two weeks to interpret the clues/puzzles, find the location, and take a snapshot of it to send to me as their answer. So, they'll have until July 24th to send everything in.
*Once the deadline hits, I will mark the answers and award correct answers with points after this deadline, with bonus points going to the people who solved the hints first.
*The players will have an intermission of sorts to work on any Awards Presentations and to watch the Awards Ceremony. I will distribute the other 6 puzzles on August 20th, and the players will have another week to solve them. Same rules as last time, and the deadline is August 27th. Again, I'll mark the answers shortly after that and award correct answers with points.
*Players will be ranked by how many points they scored, and tokens will be given out accordingly.

(A quick note- I've stated that there will be 6 puzzles per batch, with a total of 12 puzzles for the entire event. This may be subject to change; if I can make more than 12, I will, but this is a minimal estimation of what I can do within the time I have.)

What makes this trickier than the regular Hint Art?
There's going to be a bit more sleuthing this time round, perhaps even outside of the game. Most images wouldn't be simple abstract maps or cropped screenshots of the location. Some of them might not even be traditional images! For example, one puzzle could have you piece together a URL to a video containing the location, or another might require a search across this forum for a hidden message.

How will players be ranked, and how many tokens can I get?
I'll award 2 points for a correct answer and 1 point as a bonus for the first person to solve each puzzle. Once all the points have been given out, I'll distribute the tokens according to the point totals.




Please note that if people team up on a clue, their collective answer will only be rewarded with 2 points total to be divided between the players. For example, if two people team up they get 1 point each for a correct answer.



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Fiora

Koops, King of cowards.
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt- Gauging interest

That sounds nice...

Looking forward to this.
 

Dr. Eggman

I am the enemy, I will succeed
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt- Gauging interest

This actually sounds quite interesting, especially the part about the clues being things other than images. If you do end up doing it, I'd probably give it a go.
 

PowerKamek

Rest In Peace, Walkazo
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt- Gauging interest

Yes I would probably participate in this!
 

Anton

kero?
Chat Administrator
Core 'Shroom Staff
Awards Committee
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt- Gauging interest

Edo, 22, and I are currently building an Odyssey photo scavenger hunt. Would this be something too similar to that? Or are these puzzles more than a hunt?

Like, this does seem a bit more complex. Ours is more traditional, with a clue or phrase given and then people go and retrieve a photo of what they think will fulfill it.
 

Ice Cream Man

And It Don't Stop
Core 'Shroom Staff
Poll Committee
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt- Gauging interest

Anton said:
Edo, 22, and I are currently building an Odyssey photo scavenger hunt. Would this be something too similar to that? Or are these puzzles more than a hunt?
I'd like to create a variation of puzzles. Some would require deciphering on the player's end, like solving an actual puzzle (like a wordsearch) for a clue, others would be tricky, abstract depictions of the location that the player would have to just look for in the game or try and recognise what the image is showing. Like the actual hint art, but perhaps more challenging.

Anton said:
Like, this does seem a bit more complex. Ours is more traditional, with a clue or phrase given and then people go and retrieve a photo of what they think will fulfill it.
I'll try and simplify what the basis of the hunt is;
*In early to mid July, I will send out a batch of puzzles to the people who signed up. They would vary in complexity, from clues akin to normal Hint Arts, to puzzles with multiple steps. This ensures that players can choose how much they want to challenge themselves, while still offering simpler clues for those who want.
*The players will have a week to interpret the clues/puzzles, find the location, and take a snapshot of it to send to me as their answer.
*Once the deadline hits, I will mark the answers and award correct answers with points after the deadline, with bonus points going to the people who solved the hints first.
*Shortly after the Awards Ceremony (so mid-August) I will distribute the second batch of puzzles, and the players will have another week to solve them. Same rules as last time.
*Players will be ranked by how many points they scored, and tokens will be given out accordingly.

Would your scavenger hunt be more about finding specific locations or finding items or enemies? If yours is location based, then we're basically trying to run the same event here. I'll assume you three have been working on it for longer than I have, so if it turns out that our plans are too similar I'll cancel this one. Thanks for letting me know.
 

Anton

kero?
Chat Administrator
Core 'Shroom Staff
Awards Committee
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt- Gauging interest

4:35 PM] The Pyro Guy: hey that sounds good
[4:36 PM] The Pyro Guy: i'd say that my hunt would be different enough to that
[4:36 PM] The Pyro Guy: enough for the two events to co-exist
[4:36 PM] Anton: :clap: :thumbsup: :fireworks: :sparkler: :heavy_check_mark: :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: :money_with_wings:
:bowser: :thumbup:
 

Ice Cream Man

And It Don't Stop
Core 'Shroom Staff
Poll Committee
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt- Gauging interest

Yep, after some very serious discussion with the man himself, we've decided that our events are distinct enough to co-exist. Nice! And if all goes to plan our events won't even overlap. Great!

Here's another thing: An example clue (and a walkthrough on how you would go about solving it). Excellent!



This is an example of a clue, and that's all you're going to need (and get) to sleuth out the location. If you want to try and solve it, go ahead; there's also a walkthrough in the spoiler box if you're more interested in that.

The first clue in the image is the location. Even without knowledge of Shovel Knight, you may be able to tell that this image has a volcano theme.

Secondly, it looks pretty 2D and pixely, which is enough of a hint to direct you to only look in specific segments of the Kingdoms.

Combine these two clues together and you're able to narrow the location down to one of the 2D segments of Mount Volbono, in the Luncheon Kingdom.

All you've got to do then is look for a 2D segment in the Luncheon Kingdom that matches the layout of the hint image. Which leads you to...



Here. Any screenshot or snapshot of this specific area would count as a correct answer.

As I said before, not all puzzles will be like this. They'll vary in difficulty, some require multiple steps of thinking, others may not even be images. Again, if this is the sort of thing you'd be interested in, let me know!
 

Marie

If you find any good Marie fanart, send it here!
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt- Gauging interest

I'm interested.
 

Nabber

Artisanal Cheese Taster
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt- Gauging interest

this would probably end up frustrating me, but im still curious enough to do it
 

Ice Cream Man

And It Don't Stop
Core 'Shroom Staff
Poll Committee
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt- Gauging interest

It looks like people are interested, and I've ironed out the details and dates, so sign ups are open! Feel free to post your wackiest, zaniest bolded sign-up post here.

Please check back over the OP to see if anything new I've added may affect you.
 

Dr. Eggman

I am the enemy, I will succeed
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt (Sign ups open)

The most wackiest, zaniest bolded sign-up is right here!
 

Marie

If you find any good Marie fanart, send it here!
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt (Sign ups open)

I'm ready to rack the corners of my brain to figure your hints out!
 

Vivian

Shadow Siren
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt (Sign ups open)

Add me to your list, so that I may lose myself in the darkest corners of the wide world searching for the solution to life's biggest mysteries, maybe even solve one.
 

Fiora

Koops, King of cowards.
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt (Sign ups open)

I AM NOT DEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!

At least not anymore
 

Ice Cream Man

And It Don't Stop
Core 'Shroom Staff
Poll Committee
Re: Super Mario Odyssey: Hint Hunt (Sign ups open till July 8th)

Quick notice; sign ups will close on July 8th. That's a long way away so you have plenty of time to consider your options.

We've got 9 people signed up for this event so far. There's no limit to how many people can join this, and there's no penalty for signing up and not completing all the challenges, so it's your choice!
 
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