The Trials HD Riddle Finally Revealed!

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The Trials HD Riddle Finally Revealed!


It was nine months ago when I posted the original Trials HD story, attempting to increase awareness and seek an answer to the Trials HD Riddle. This was a worldwide exclusive for Kotaku Australia and, by all accounts, was a popular story. While this was the first many of you had heard of the riddle and its clues, the committed members of the Redlynx forums had already been attempting to answer this riddle for nearly two years. Now, in the lead up to the release of Trials Evolution (April 18th), Redlynx have today revealed the ANSWER to the Riddle and it can be found within this video.

I strongly urge you to watch the video rather than just reading the comments. I have intentionally not written the answer as I want the answer to be revealed to you in much the same way that it was revealed to me. Also note, that this project would not have happened without the hard work of members of the Kotaku Australia community. I have been producing the video and have obtained an original musical score from our very own James Flamestar (Anonymous Pessimist) and original artwork from our very talented artist and game developer Dane β€˜Sughly’ Krams. I am immensely proud of the video and so grateful to be a part of this community where such talented people are an e-mail or a tweet away and more than willing to help.

I’ve secretly been working with Redlynx Creative Director Antti Ilvessuo to put this together over the past six months and this is the end result.

Thanks again to everyone who helped.

*drumroll*

Be sure to post your thoughts in the comments below. I’m genuinely interested to hear what you all thought and I will make sure that the Redlynx guys read this post also.

Comments

  • Just incredible. A testament to the innovation and pure dedication of excitement that a medium only as singular as video games can produce. Fantastic work by everyone involved.

  • Great video. FatShady is a beast. I believe in FatShady.

    AP — awesome music, perfect stuff. And Sughly, we all know you deliver, but this is cranking things up a notch BAM!

  • I’ve never played Trials (I will one day) but I’ve been occasionally looking at the riddle since Good Game ran their piece on it. And then I was surprised to learn that the awesome FatShady here was working so hard to solve it. It’s a fascinating idea, the riddle, and as has been said before isn’t necessarily about what the answer is, exactly.

    In fact, watching that video, I pretty quickly understood just what the answer might be. What was fun about it was seeing everything link together. I can’t imagine how satisfying that would be – to collect 10 or so seemingly random clues, to go on an awesome journey where you research just what exactly they mean. Sometimes you might not get it, but somebody else in the community recognises it instantly, and it becomes an exciting group effort. It must have felt so great to slot all of the pieces in together like that, to say ‘this is Piri Reis’ map, a mystery in its own right, just like these references to the Orion constellation’ and slowly start to see the bigger picture.

    More than anything I loved the mystery of it, and it’s something that seems so random to put into a game like Trials, but something about the atmosphere in the game when you come across these clues just adds this mysterious tension to it. Like I said, haven’t played it myself, but just watching these videos and seeing these images is so exciting, and it’s nice to see it end in a really cool way.

    So well done to FatShady for working so hard on this, and side-congrats to Sughly and Pez for their artistic contributions. What an awesome project!

      • That’s pretty much exactly what I would have said as well! I don’t have a 360 but I tell you what I’m tempted to get one now just to play this damn thing.

        I’ve also learnt a heck of a lot from a short video that will no doubt keep me asking questions for ages. This is really truly awesome so congrats to FatShady and everyone else involved. It’s days like this which makes me proud to be an Australian gamer.

        • Honestly that means a lot. Im just a fan of this game, I have no training in video editing and taught myself most of this as i was working on it. I just wanted to get the story out there in a way that was as captivating as the journey was for me. Glad you liked it.

  • That was incredible, and I never even played Trials HD! I have been following the story for at least a year now, though, I hope Good Game pops this onto next weeks episode!

      • IIRC that’s mostly because most of their stuff is shot about 2-3 weeks before airtime to a schedule so it’s a bit hard put something out of the blue like this.

        That being said you never know they might decide to squeeze it in on one of the later eps =D

  • That was incredible, and I never even played Trials HD! I have been following the story for at least a year now, though, I hope Good Game pops this onto next weeks episode!

  • Congrats on getting to work on this FatShady, it was your posts on Kotaku that really got me interested in the riddle.

    At first I was a bit concerned that they’d thrown in a bunch of very familiar conspiracies, theories and historical events (Tunguska, Darwin, da Vinci, Fibonacci) just to confuse people, and because hiding things that look vaguely like codes and symbols is a fun thing to do (it is).

    But I think the reason for doing it was actually nicely done; it’s worth questioning things for their own sake and doing investigation, and I’m sure everyone who worked on the riddle or even glanced at the puzzles learned something new and interesting about the world.

    In the end, a riddle about riddles and humanity’s drive for knowledge and understanding is a nice twist. I’m glad it was revealed.

  • All the props go to you and your minions Fatshady – that was a pretty great video. I’d just love to know why this, of all games, was chosen to hide such an esoteric, throught provoking riddle.
    And how long have you been hiding the fact that you knew the answer?

    • The cretive director Antti Ilvessuo is the reason that this riddle is in this game.. he is a crazy Finnish man! As for how long I have known the answer, getting on about 6 months now πŸ™‚ haha!

      But don’t think I’ve been relaxing, this is literally how long it took to get the video to this point. If anyone is interested, I’ll write a longer post tomorrow about the process of getting here.

        • Hey Danny, no problem. I’ll try and write this up tomorrow in the comment below. It has been an amazing journey for me personally but I didn’t want to take away from the answer to the riddle.

          Short version, Antti is the co-founder of the company and basically did what he wanted. For the first year or so of the game, not a single other person on the earth knew what the answer to the riddle was. About a year on, he told one of the other developers just in case he was hit by an asteroid. Then he told me after about 2 years. I think I was about the 3rd person globally to hear it!

          As for the reason why.. because he found it interesting.. Nothing more, nothing less. He had the opportunity so he did it.

  • …oh. OK. (As an outsider who’s only seen this in the occasional Kotaku post, that’s a bit anticlimactic, isn’t it? I hope it’s more fulfilling for the people who poured hours into it.)

    • Yeah I am in the same boat as you. I guess that the point of this riddle was the journey not the destination.

      …but if you didn’t take the journey (like me) just getting the answer is kind of like picking up someone from the airport. It’s the end of a great journey and experience for them but for you it’s just a $52 parking ticket and 2 hours of your life.

      • Not necessarily…

        I appreciate a good riddle even though i’m terrible at solving them. And this riddle game IMHO was very well executed and must have been a nice mental challenge for all the people involved! And while it may seem like a cop out to some I find it very encouraging how what something as “mundane” as an XBL Bike title can come together with a rather unique message.

        Each to their own I guess? xD

  • greatness, i think it really did achieve what they set out to do and i take my virtual hat off to ye at RedLynx. well done squires. also there shall be no referances to the me3 ending in relation to the answer of the riddle. its over!

  • I cant help but feel that the greatest irony is that the time spent on this is kind of thing is indicative of someone wasting their life not using it….. no offence to all the guys that worked on it, but really, in the end what did it achieve?

    • It taught us about historical figures and events that we were otherwise unaware of, We heard new music, watched new movies and enjoyed the quest for knowledge with a bunch of like minded people. I’d argue that playing video games is a larger waste of a life. But we all do that too πŸ˜‰

      I can’t speak for the others who contributed, but my time is fairly balanced with work, family and education so this was just a fun hobby for me.

  • People didn’t research Charles Darwin and listen to Beethoven for fun.
    They did it FOR SCIENCE \o/

    Awesome work Shady. You have put so much work, effort and time into this. Its great to finally see it all come together.

    Also, what if the Mammoth is a reference to the frozen body found near the Lena river in Russia, not all that far from where the Tunguska event happened? And using it for cloning? A question for the future?… No? Ok I’ll stop πŸ™‚

    • mate I’ve been all over that story too. Thats just one of the types of rabbit holes you go down trying to solve this thing. For example, i spent about a week or two researching jack the ripper, only to find out that the clue referred to Stanly Kubrick. Another example, I researched DNA as a form of cryptography and hidden code type stuff. Only to realise that it simply didnt work! Still amazing what you learn though. (and that is the point)

  • Wow. That is seriously impressive. The video is amazing, soundtrack and artwork incredible, and the journey is actually very inspiring. Fantastic work FatShady, AP and Sughly!

  • I feel disappointed just spending that 12 minutes watching the video, god knows what those involved in solving the riddle are feeling (other than denial based on FS’ response to xWisp). Nearly two years to get an answer so wanky even a philosophy major would cringe…

    It’s kinda like that “meta” episode of community but instead of being funny it was just sadly disappointing and a waste of time.

    • What would have made you happy? I’m having trouble picturing it.

      I for one am quite happy to accept that ‘asking questions’ is the answer, and it’s a good answer, too.

      The exercise was far from pointless. Those involved spent a long time reading through human history, learning about the major events and brightest minds responsible for our present cultural and intellectual state. I would venture a guess that each of the researchers is feeling personally and culturally enriched by the process.

      And THAT’S the point. If they hadn’t asked the questions, they would never have undertaken the journey and would have learned nothing.

    • Did someone say philosophy major?

      Hey! How you doin’? In fact I am so 100% content with the answer its not funny. It’s a beautiful expression of what Hegel (my main man yo’) sees as the dialectic of life – a consistent need for answers with a concurrent realisation that there can be no absolute knowledge – which leads to exactly this, contentment in questions.

      Philosophy, out.

  • That was absolutely fantastic, FatShady. It’s been a pleasure following this little journey and I’m glad you shared it with us.

  • I would like to open by commending all the work put into this project by those involved, Im sure I can’t even begin to fathom the hours spent poring over Wikipedia like it was the Library of Alexandria.

    However I must admit that I did raise a disbelieving eyebrow upon the great revelation. I get it. The unquenchable thirst for knowledge and discovery. God knows I love learning for its own sake. I did a liberal arts degree.

    However, the ‘answer’ left me a little unsatisfied

    • Apologies, I’m posting from a phone, which doesn’t leave much room for not accidentally hitting submit.

      As I was saying, the reveal left me a bit underwhelmed. I felt like “ok…Thats cool, but is that really it?”

      I assume the guys who actually worked on the riddle must have been super stoked to work it out, and I don’t want to take anything away from all their blood, sweat and Red Bull, but I didn’t have my world rocked the way I hoped I would.

  • FatShady, your journey must have been an incredible experience.
    I wonder if without your hard work promoting the riddle, the riddle would remain unanswered.

    I haven’t played Trials HD and have no intention of playing Evolution but even so, through you I’ve been fascinated by this riddle. Just the fact that a game developer would go to the trouble of putting clues to a larger picture within a seemingly frivolous game is a thing of amazement.

  • Big reveal wooo! Congrats FatShady and Kotaku and all those on the RedLynx forums.

    Great meta-fun for such a small game πŸ™‚

  • So cool to see the riddle out finally!

    Amazing work Shady, you should be proud.

    Great work to Senor Sughly as well… always delivering as is his nature πŸ˜‰

  • Aw daymn, Christmas Trees – what do *they* mean?!

    Congrats FatShady, and everyone who contributed. It has been like some great adventure of discovery, and that’s just as an observer, I can imagine how much a thrill participating has been.

    • MAN. I half expected that… I made it myself. It does not add anything specifically to the riddle, but provides another take on the overall theme of the answer. Just interesting. If you can track down the episode, season 6 from about september last year, it has a 8-bit themed section and it’s in there… Sorry guys.

  • I love Easter eggs. I think games need more of them. I think this one must be pretty much the best ever (except maybe for the giant bunny thing in Saints Row 2).

  • this is simply amazing. any praise i heap on will simply be echoing what has already been said, but this blew my mind and is inspirational. kudos to you FatShady!

  • Heaps weird angle from a physics based motorbike game haha, awesome nonetheless.

    This reminded me of a browser game I played for AGESSS, I guarantee most people won’t even make it halfway without cheating…. it’s so good.

    http://notpron.org/notpron/

    (I just read and only 28 people have ever finished it since 2004…. good luck)

    • Wow, notpron… we spent ages on that thing in my office at uni. From memory, we got somewhere into the mid-negative levels and then decided that we had better things to frustrate ourselves with, like, I dunno, study πŸ˜›

    • I’ve never seen or heard of this before! I’ve blown a few hours just getting to level 10. Excellent web riddle game! For the technically inclined, though. Not your standard abstract type riddles.

  • Well done Fatshady.

    I had a feeling it had an ‘open your mind’ kind of vibe to the answer. Sort of similar to what Ubisoft have done with Assassins Creed.

    And considering it’s a little quiet on the games front lately. Goodgame would be stupid not to have a conclusion to their original story on this.

    Top editing skills for a supposed novice too mate.

    (Quaaaaaid! Start the reactor)

  • well, you finally did it you crazy bastard you!

    i’ve never played a trials game, but your dedication to the riddle made me follow it, even though i didn’t know what it was about!

    now the question is, will there be a trials evoloution riddle?

  • There’s still one huge unanswered question though: Why the hell does that guy say he doesn’t ‘want any mustard on my bike’ when you load the game up?

    Also, what does JJ Abrams and Stanley Kubrik have to do with it?

  • I’m disappointed with it but not because what it all meant wasn’t awesome, it is! But because now we know it I feel like it should have remained secret for so much longer! Especially since it was about questioning and the effort to solve it, it should have become one of the great riddles of history.

    Also it would have been nice for it to have meant something tangible like those videograms from portal or some kind of password or hidden website code.

    ALSO WHAT ABOUT THE SQUIRREL IN THE ELEVATOR? HUH WHAT DID THAT MEAN?

    • Actually a few people on the redlynx forums basically figured it out so rather than being an unsolved mystery, it was a riddle that had been answered but no-one ever told these people they were right all along! So it was really only fair to do this now. Also, with the new game adn I suspect a new riddle, there would be no focus on this left.

      As for the squirrels, they are just fun things in the games to find. They have been there is ALL prior versions of Trials including PC versions. No deeper meaning unfortunately.

      • “but no-one ever told these people they were right all along!”

        To me that would have made it all the more fun for it to remain secret. Of course if the answer meant something less philosophical (actually an answer that meant something exact) then I don’t think those people would have got it so easily, I mean when you take all these clues, and then forget that you want a codified answer the only thing in common it has is what the answer is. A lot of those guys on the forums probably just gave up and said, “hey maybe it’s just all this we went through? huh is that what you wanted us to realise?”

        I still think it’s amazing, it’s just like the show Lost: now you know there’s no more mystery it’s just not as impressive somehow.

    • The music was done by James Flamestar (Kotaku Regular) and was an entirely original creation. Earlier versions of the music used classical music but I was unable to find good recordings of these that were royalty free. I guess I set the tone and pacing of it but Flamestar was the DUDE when it came to putting it all together. The second track was a song largely made up of samples from the in game audio and was an awesome project. Many people may not have got this, but most of the sounds are from the game, made into a beat.

      As for the mystery box, the best way to sum it up is to watch this:

      http://www.ted.com/talks/j_j_abrams_mystery_box.html

  • The mathematical constant “e” is also associated with a person; a mathematician named Leonhard Euler. “e” is also known as Euler’s number.

  • The answer is… questions?

    What a complete rip-off! I’m starting a petition to demand that RedLynx releases a new answer to the riddle by DLC. Where do I send the cupcakes to?

  • I can’t help but be disappointed by this. A glorified Easter Egg with a pretty ridiculous message. I would almost go as far as to say this isn’t even a riddle at all. I am sure the Avici guy is a nice guy, but there is an air of pomp that surrounds this now. I can’t explain it.

    No doubt must congratulate the people behind making the video, but that congratulations is rather hollow.

  • Nice work FatShady and team!.

    Thanks for the reveal. It was along the lines of what I was thinking, but I hadn’t quite got my head around an abstract answer like “questions”. I’m stll not sure that that word best describes the answer either, as it’s even more abstract than that. (Take the Ode To Joy for example. )

    To me the riddle is more about the human essence and exploring that through Inquiry, Exploration, Creativity, and Reason.

    Sorry – didn’t intend to get so deep there. Anyway – great work!

  • The question for me with Trials HD has been why does that rider subject himself to all those death traps! Seriously though this is incredible and in this day and age when games come out and are just as quickly disposed of, it’s even more incredible that this game has been going strong 3 years after it’s release

  • Hello all!

    I’m the dude to blame for starting the riddle. Glad to read that most of you liked it! It has been long journey πŸ™‚

  • Thx all for kind words!

    And productivity… its good here. If someone is unproductive we wrestle that unproductiviness off.

  • I haven’t watched the video yet, simply because I don’t have YouTube access at work and my Galaxy S is broken (damn it!)

    I have only ever purchased MS points to buy ONE title: Trials HD. I only tried it because I saw a little hype around here regarding it and then FatShady’s intriguing mentions of the Trial HD riddle tempted me to download the trial…
    A week later I bought the full version and both DLC packs. I have a couple of platinums to my name, but I’m far from excellent.
    FatShady, thanks for piquing my interest in such a brilliant title. My next MS points purchase will be for Trials Evolution.
    Thanks, Kotaku AU for giving it the exposure it deserves so richly.

    That said, is there somewhere I can get a list of Kotaku AU Trials player Gametags, so I can add you all to my Friends list (CMRDBones)?
    If there isn’t… would people here support me making a small page on my own website (mccarneypt.com) to collect those Gamer Tags together for players to refer to? I’d be very pleased to do so!

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