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November 26, 2015

hoverboard

Randall Munroe created 'a small game' hoverboard to celebrate the launch of his new book. Collect the coins and don't leave the initial play area, unless you have a lot free time...

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

yeah :) first

Sir Light said...

For those wondering if there is a map, I'll just leave it here: http://1101b.com/xkcd1608/

Also, my record (without that): 108 coins

Emily said...

oh, wow. There actually is an imperial star destroyer.

wimp said...

I got lost in the crater :( but love the exploring

yvonne said...

136 coins, I got tired from exploring inside the big destroyer, like its really big with lots of hallways etc. but its fun to find all the little bits and jokes.

Pi Girl said...

xkcd is so awesome. Thanks for posting this.

Anonymous said...

nice idea, cute illustration
in my opinion too big for one pic - I got lost and bored
maybe it would be nice to explore all the nice stuff in levels

Rebecca said...

I managed a 151 coins before i realized how to count them - lol. not a bad effort. Now that I've seen the map I think there was only one or two places i didn't make it to.

Emily said...

I got lost in the volcano too. I wish there were a zoom out button, because when my screen's all black or all white it's really disorienting.
Other than that, I loved the game. Some of the dialogue made me laugh so hard!

Anonymous said...

I love that you posted this! A cool little game within a comic :)

Anonymous said...

managed 150 coins :)
and took me quite a while to get out of the volcano again...

JaronFlick said...

Wow - my favorite game designer mentioning my favorite cartoonist! LOVE XKCD!

Anonymous said...

166 coins (with the map). Took nearly 2 hours >.<

Anonymous said...

I'm seeing references to soooo many things:
-Star wars
-harry potter
-steven universe

This guy is great

Emily said...

also
-emperor's new groove
-lion king

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that doesn't see a thing on the screen but one coin and all black? I really don't have a clue what to do, but I'm getting pretty curious now...

Angela said...

anonymous 21:59, yes, you might be the only one. it's pretty obvious once you start.

I got 159 coins and I don't know how many there are, but I kind of love that I can explore a world without obstacles/enemies/health to worry about, no time limit, no goal - just explore everything. I think he made this for people like me who just want to see all there is to see.

On the flip side, I started to feel like a fairy in a folk tale - you know how it's said that if you spill salt in front of a fairy (or gnome, leprechaun, elf... fill in your favorite little goblin here), they would have to stop and count every single grain? I couldn't stop hovering around trying to find new places I hadn't seen before.

p.s. there's a MAP????

Angela said...

I'm rereading my earlier comment and I didn't intend to sound so mean in that opening line. I was intending to say "try refreshing the page. it's pretty obvious [what to do] once you start." But instead I belittle a stranger. Sorry stranger!

Helen said...

Nope, got stuck in a cave and no matter what combination of keys I pressed I couldn't seem to get out, no way of knowing what to do as it's just a pitch black screen so I thought that was rather pointless so ended the game there.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 21:59, I see the same as you (black screen with a single coin in the corner). I think it is a bug, maybe my computer is too old… If I press the arrow keys a lot, I get flashes of the real screen, but the graphics are still glitchy.

Anonymous said...

@Helen, @Anonymous: According to explainxkcd.com, "The collision map is encoded in the darkness of the black. Using an image manipulation program, one can easily find the secret pathways even in the zoomed out maps provided below by enhancing the contrast of the dark areas. On a slow connection, it's possible to move into an 'open' area and then the black image loads in and (probably permanently, without tricks) traps you immobile."

colinbashbash said...

insanity! have to stop playing... attacking spaceship is too big to explore

Eve Adams said...

Hi, this product is really awesome but I also know a website selling this kind of hoverboard for sale for only $99 bucks. It is all brand new unit and seller says they didn't bought it, that's why they can sell it for a very low price.

Cheers Bart!

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