Saturday, June 4, 2016

Levels 31-35

Level 31

Remember how in some of the earlier levels (Level 8 comes to mind in particular), there was a funky solution that may have been something you'd never think of trying without the hints provided? This is along the same lines of those, but you don't necessarily need to change anything this time. Definitely still try the usual stuff here, and you might run into a dead end hint page if you look in the right place, but this is one of those "newly learned skill" levels where the method of finding the answer here is only a piece of a larger puzzle in later ones.

For obvious reasons I'm not going to directly say what you need to do here, but I will mention that this level should probably have a Google bar. Not necessarily for looking up any sort of obscure information, but for getting the necessary tool to get the job done. If you're not sure what you're supposed to be looking for, check the (admittedly scarce) hints this level gives you. Again, you might not realize that info can be found, but it can if you know how.

Level 32

The source says it all! There's a small difference somewhere--might be helpful to compare an older level's source to find it. That's ... about it, actually.

This level was actually redone completely after the PDF book about the making of Notpron came out, as he has no notes on updating this level in there, and it was a completely different answer. As a way of weeding out cheaters, David went back and fixed some old solutions so they wouldn't match the walkthrough anymore. You can find the "you cheated" page fairly simple by doing the opposite of the answer you find, though. Don't worry, it's just a web page and doesn't bar you from the rest of the game. 

Level 33

This is kind of a weird one, honestly. The answer does make sense, but I feel like there were too many different ideas being mixed together into one incohesive pile. The most useful thing I can say without being too obvious is that you should probably ignore the source code hint. It does logically fit with the puzzle, but I feel like it's more of a thing you'd look back at and think "oh, now I get why that's there", rather than having it actually help you.

There's a few hint pages in this one, if you get part of the answer or close to it but not exactly. Those are good because they at least tell you that you're on the right track, and without them, it's a lot more difficult. The only other thing I can say about this one is to pay close attention to the image, because everything you need is in there. And there is a slight callback to a previous level, but only in the sense that the game was designed by a German and takes their regional ... "arrangement" into account. Hopefully that made sense.

Level 34

Remember your title here. This one might be slightly "guessy", but I feel there might be enough hint pages to keep you going. As long as you recognize what is in the picture, you should be good. Keep in mind words for things are often different in various continents and to look up what something may be called if you don't know.

Level 35

Don't get distracted too much and don't overthink. What are the clues? How can you find out what to do with them?

This is a "showing its age" puzzle. Certain programs that were used back then weren't as easily accessible as they are today. Thankfully, the clues still work, and the technology has gotten so good, it'll only take a few minutes to figure out the answer to this one, and put it into the username/password field.

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