Saucers of Mud

April 13, 2016

XYZZY Awards: Best Individual Puzzle Discussion

This post is for discussion of nominations for Best Individual Puzzle in the 2015 XYZZY Awards. For nominations, you will have to describe which puzzle you mean as well as say what game it is from, so in your discussion please make clear which individual puzzle you are talking about. If you are posting spoilers for a game, please declare them at the beginning of your post!


  1. Spoilers for oppositely opal

    I really enjoyed the puzzles in this game. One that stood out to me was catching the fairy. It required many steps, was funny, and reminded me of the famous Babel Fish puzzle where you keep trying stuff and it keeps going wrong.

    Comment by Brian Rushton — April 13, 2016 @ 11:44 pm

  2. I would consider the whole of Toby’s Nose to be a single integrated puzzle, so that’s a possibility.

    Spoilers for Sub Rosa
    I also really liked the Sub Rosa puzzle that involved restoring the skull to its original skull-like state. It required some inventiveness (figuring out what to use), but was also a bit funny and a bit squicky, and well incorporated into the storyline.

    Comment by Emily Short — April 14, 2016 @ 3:18 am

  3. Extremely mild spoilers for the Problems Compound
    I liked the terminal in The Belt Below with the self-referential logic puzzle. The questions were funny (especially the one about the answer to this question) and it was fun to figure out… presumably especially after Andrew fixed the ambiguity I complained about when I was testing it.

    Also I believe that the puzzle is entirely optional, merely unlocking an in-game hint machine. Which is nice, since it was very hard. (Though I believe this is the puzzle that Brian was complaining about on the forum.)

    Comment by matt w — April 14, 2016 @ 8:38 am

  4. Spoiler for Brain Guzzlers, maybe?.


    For me it was the RPS cannon in Brain Guzzlers that provided the best zing of delight from solving a puzzle. I had what is probably the perfect experience with this puzzle: I fired the cannon at the provided target, and then fired it at random stuff for a while on different dial settings, and with no success, before suddenly realizing, after moving on and trying something else, what RPS stood for and how it would work. And it did. Simple, with just a single moving part, funny, strange, silly, and satisfying.

    Comment by Caleb Wilson — April 20, 2016 @ 1:35 pm

  5. Spoilers for Chlorophyll
    Getting into the trouble tank was a funny puzzle: driving the maintenance vehicle in restricted areas, snagging the placard. I liked the sorry pad, too.

    Comment by bg — April 28, 2016 @ 7:20 am

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