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Play involves typing in letters, numbers, and special characters to create your password. At first, you're given a single Rule of needing 5 characters. Once complete, a second rule appears and so on until you have countless rules all needing to be satisfied simultaneously. As you progress, the rules get ever stranger and more complex. For example, every instance of the same letter must have a different font size, or adding the name of the country from Google Maps Street View.
Some new challenges require you to change existing pieces of your password; you must include numbers that sum to 25, but then later must include the current year, and then add a coordinate, then the length of your password (which continues to change), continually requiring you to reassess what you've done.
The result is a game that's as much about adapting what you already have as it is adding more characters, as you grapple with managing the ever-expanding list of rules. Slowly making progress through the challenge requires patience and determination, but the satisfaction of completing it makes it all worth it.
Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Password Game 5 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Many of the clues are very challenging and require either extremely good general knowledge or problem-solving skills. Ensuring that the solution to one rule doesn't beak another quickly becomes a significant challenge in micro-management in and of itself.