You are the protagonist in a game designed by NeedAName Inc. Proceed through the levels using your video game knowledge to solve the puzzles therein. Solve all levels and beat the game!

Level 4: Secret Cow Boss Level

Previous Level

Having bested the previous levels and proven your prowess with games, you now find yourself in the inner workings of a console running a video game. You look around and on each of 3 walls you see a section with information written. On the floor of the room in the center, you see: 'Part 1 → Part 2 → Part 3 → Who are you?'. Using the information on the walls and your knowledge (video game and otherwise), can you answer the final question and beat the game?

Part 1: Physics

$8.9875517873681764 \times 10^{16}$
$3.6266180501548694449 \times 10^{47}$
$9.3094189052089 \times 10^{9}$
$8.396989835536 \times 10^{-6}$
$3.6266180501548694449 \times 10^{47}$

Part 2: Memory

  • 0x00000000: 0
  • 0x00000001-00000005: 19--
    • 0x00000001 htrit ipvgw ifsfj iccsk titwr weyfp cqgc. jqobe xjcsz giovg lqxwj elkew xudvc rpvko sxit.
    • 0x00000002 vside bcmpx csanp rqexm ezpet zjwem peup. ttrup hvzgt ntzpg ,tjqy vaake ljatp .
    • 0x00000003 wyzji mphce atrmo jctv, yoglg gsiwa oolkx .mxhp hifes raojx jpwjc spxqq rnm.
    • 0x00000004 yzvqd glqqf wlanp izas, nlmmp qhctu sxmpo .amau twvsi debcs heljf jcwvz jrylt rf?
    • 0x00000005 cyesa mzkez rxomp ,mody weuze ofwj. fjyhq fxbhf ymylw hrflx goswl pdi.
  • 0x00000006-00000007: #--
    • 0x00000006 sfmye usiux eqldc iceyw e,xtx jzrqy pyioz zj.wj elkyw yaoea kelir bhen, ppzsj gikav tvf.
    • 0x00000007 jfqfn pthhp qflfj swoss txlrv esrit d.cqf vjuoo itxcx pfwpk qctuh tzgxi fkjdw .
  • 0x00000008-00000009: --
    • 0x00000008 jphle izk,u zpiif c,tnf qgeso sotrf tjzr. kewdo vcjky eqfjy enoix tjyev tss.
    • 0x00000009 htvxt pqjqf vxtbe mqyw, nrflh hcsra etwe. ssbmb ycdtx xcbyc qfjnn etroj vnsd?

Part 3: Graphics

$\begin{bmatrix} 9&9&9&9&9&9&9&4&4&4&0&0&0&0&0&0\\ 9&9&9&9&9&9&3&9&9&9&8&4&9&9&9&9\\ 9&9&9&9&9&3&4&4&4&4&4&4&8&9&9&9\\ 9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9\\ 9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&4&4&4\\ 9&4&9&4&9&4&9&4&9&9&9&9&7&9&9&9\\ 7&6&7&6&7&6&7&6&7&9&9&9&7&9&9&9\\ 9&2&9&2&9&2&9&2&9&9&9&9&7&9&9&9\\ 9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&9&7&9&9&9\\ 4&4&4&4&4&4&4&4&4&4&4&4&7&4&4&4 \end{bmatrix}$

$\begin{bmatrix} 0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0\\ 9&4&4&4&4&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0\\ 7&9&9&9&9&7&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0\\ 7&9&9&9&9&7&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0&0\\ 7&9&9&9&9&7&9&9&9&9&3&1&5&8&0&0\\ 7&9&9&9&9&7&9&9&9&9&9&7&7&0&0&0\\ 7&9&9&9&9&7&9&9&9&4&4&7&7&4&4&0\\ 7&9&9&9&9&7&9&9&7&4&4&4&4&4&4&7\\ 7&9&9&9&9&7&9&9&9&7&9&9&9&9&7&0\\ 7&4&4&4&4&7&4&4&4&7&4&4&4&4&7&0 \end{bmatrix}$

The accepted answer will address all parts of the puzzle and provide an answer to each. Teamwork is encouraged, if you want to make a community wiki, feel free.

  • $\begingroup$ Unless my dictionary lies, the only English word that is a cryptogram of "ssbmb" is "llama". Does anybody know any famous video game llama characters? $\endgroup$
    – Kevin
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ Well there's Llamatron... $\endgroup$
    – dpwilson
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 17:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Kevin mine shows the same thing. Good thing I came prepared for the cryptanalysis this time! $\endgroup$
    – NeedAName
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 18:26
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    $\begingroup$ Is NeedAName Inc. abbreviated NaN by any chance? $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 22, 2015 at 12:55

4 Answers 4


I went ahead and jumped to part 3 with the information we had.

I mapped the numbers in the 2D arrays in part 3 to the answers that were found for part 2 and interpreted it as ASCII. This is the result: http://pastebin.com/SNjBKUU0 (sorry I couldn't figure out how to format it here). I figured out #8 and #5 by figuring out what the image should show and doing some Googling.


1947, year of the first video game made entirely with analog electronic devices.


Event 41 in Super Smash Bros takes place on Final Destination with Mario, Sonic, and Snake.

Final answer:

I am Mario. Given away by the Piranha Plant and the ? blocks.


Well, I think I've got the physics part:

The numbers appear to all be squares of physical constants, modulo a certain amount of rounding. Specifically, we have


c (speed of light)
L (Avogadro's number, also sometimes written N_A)
e (mathematical constant)
F (Faraday constant)
A (Appears to be something called Glaisher's constant, which I haven't come across before)
b (Wien displacement constant)
L (Avogadro's number, also sometimes written N_A)
e (mathematical constant)

For a possible answer to part 1 of


Edit: Based on dperry's decryption of the riddles in part 2, 6 and 7 appear to be

Abra and Jynx, two more Pokémon.

Riddle 9 refers to

the PlayStation, which ran on an MIPS microprocessor. MIPS is a Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) chip, and uses 32 bits. (I'm sure I'm using some of the technical language wrong, but the answer is 32)

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome the Puzzling site @Rauwyn!! And awesome job on Part 1. Correct on all accounts, now to press forward into part 2 with that information (I will give you the slight hint that capitalization is not significant here) $\endgroup$
    – NeedAName
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 18:15
  • $\begingroup$ Whoa, nice! I never would've noticed that. (Also, welcome! :D ) $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 19:14
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    $\begingroup$ part two wants their numbers, using the first game they are #63 and #124 $\endgroup$
    – Gilsham
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 23:30

Building off Rauwyn's answer (his final answer was the key to a Vigenère cypher), I worked out the questions in the Memory part and have a few answers to far:

0x00000001-00000005: 19--

0x00000001 find the release year of this platformer. float through dreams with its sucky performer (Kirby's Dreamland, 1992)
0x00000002 the year in my name not the year of release. ported to console, i fly up with ease
0x00000003 unveiled at world fair, to face her and him. i showed to many the secret of nim (the nimatron from the 1940 New York World's Fair?)
0x00000004 world famous game expo, ill blow your mind. what is the year of the first of my kind? (E3, 1995)
0x00000005 an analog console, im sure to amuse. find out when i was created or lose

0x00000006-00000007: #--

0x00000006 quite the small creature, with only one move. with instant withdrawal, elusive i prove.
0x00000007 humanoid female you dont want to miss. youre under my spell if you give me a kiss

0x00000008-00000009: --

0x00000008 hedgehog, soldier, plumber domination. its your final final destination. (Super Smash Bros (Brawl?))
0x00000009 first of four stations, i read from a disc. how many bits can you find in my risc?

  • $\begingroup$ Can you elaborate on how you got to that answer for the uninitiated among us? $\endgroup$
    – dpwilson
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 18:48
  • $\begingroup$ added a bit of clarification, the questions in the Memory part were encoded with a Vigenère cypher, and Rauwyn's answer was the key to it $\endgroup$
    – dfperry
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 18:51
  • $\begingroup$ Aparrently I lost this formatting in the copy paste, but the word amuse in riddle #5 should be italicized. Also, any particular reason you numbered all of the riddles as 1? $\endgroup$
    – NeedAName
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ bah, copy/paste error $\endgroup$
    – dfperry
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ 6 & 7 seem to be Pokémon: Abra and Jynx $\endgroup$
    – Mythi
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 19:30

I don't have enough points to comment, but here's what I got.


Battlefield 1942 was ported to console and one could say it has been "flying" up in popularity since then. or it could be the game "1942" released for arcade in 1984 and ported to the Famicom console in 1985. It's a scrolling flying shooter.


Might refer to the Magnavox Odyssey created in 1972 which was a digital console but widely mistaken to be an analog console.

Oops just saw Rauwyn's answer for 9.


Playstation 1 risc R3000 I believe had 32bits.

  • $\begingroup$ I think the the flying up does refer to a shmup and your second guess was quite popular, there were three sequels to it as well. Here is a list to a lot of arcade shmups if that is wrong shmups.com/xenocidefiles/arcade.html $\endgroup$
    – Gilsham
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 23:08
  • $\begingroup$ 5: in this wikipedia aticle it says a lot people mislable that as analog en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$
    – Gilsham
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 23:15

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