In the six years I've spent here at Kotaku Australia we've run some incredible competitions, but I can honestly say that this Stranger Things competition has been my absolute favourite. I don't think we'll ever be able to top it.
Just the scale — the hard work from the creators, the commitment by everyone who took part. I'm amazed. I am intimately aware of how difficult this puzzle was, yet so many Kotaku readers made it to the end.
First off, I want to provide a couple of quick thanks. To Junglist for helping put all this together, to the boffins behind the incredible Enigma Room for designing the puzzles, to game developer John Kane for building perhaps my favourite puzzle (the Zelda one). Also Sean Gardiner at SUMS, where you can find many more puzzles like these. Seriously, you should check out John's game and, if you live in Sydney, absolutely hit up the Enigma Room. I've done a bunch of Escape Rooms and I believe it's the best one in Sydney.
Okay, now to the winners.
This was a tough one to pick. As I mentioned before a large number of people solved the puzzle. Way more than I ever expected. So it was extremely difficult choosing a victor. We selected the winner for two main reasons.
1. His brilliant answer to the 'twists and turns' question on the entry form. 2. His commitment to helping others in the comments sections of each post. I wondered if people would still help one another when the prize at stake was so big, but this person was happy to help throughout the entire competition.
And the winner is...
B-ob AKA Beeawwb AKA Robert Bissonnette In his entry, B-ob actually provided a puzzle of his own. Which I thought was pure genius.
7 puzzles posited to scramble with our mind. Now to see my answer I'll posit one in kind. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise or sing. The French were more appealing for our #strangerthings.
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In the spirit of the competition, I'll let you all try to decipher B-ob's puzzle yourselves!
Well done for being such a tremendous sport, and congrats on winning $6000 to spend on home entertainment gear!
These ten runners-up will receive a $100 Netflix voucher. Again, these were chosen on the quality of their answers in the final competition entry form. I wish there could have been a prize for every single person who got the right answer, but that just wasn't possible.
Thomas Zawko Mehul Gajwani Robert Douglas Dane Krams Kozo Morimoto Ben Harrison Nisreen Moosa Adam Hudson Shane Ludgrove Brad Hill
Thanks so much to everyone for playing. We also have a post coming up on the site at 1pm from the creator of the Stranger Things puzzle — this will explain the reasoning and thinking behind every single puzzle, including the meta-puzzle. It's fascinating, so stay tuned for that!
(Also, for those of you playing at home — the correct answer was 'Where is Will' but we also accepted answers to that question like 'The Upside Down place' or 'hiding'.)