How to describe this game? Hrm...well, what I Wanna Be the Guy is to platformers, The Impossible Quiz is to puzzle games. Mainly composed of trick questions, with the answer occasionally not in the answer box, it's frustrated many a Let's Play host and amused many people. The game develops a storyline as it goes on, and it's surprisingly engaging considering its roots as a silly flash game.You can play the game here. Its sequel, The Impossible Quiz 2, is here. The episodic Impossible Quiz Book can be found here: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3. If the finished games are too hard, try the prototype version here.This game contains examples of:
Game-Breaking Bug/Guide Dang It: One of the questions makes you forces you to get your cursor from one island to another without touching the water. At the time the game was made, right clicking will bring up a drop down menu that works as a overlay, as a "bridge" to the other island. However, because of some update to flash that has come since, the dropdown no longer functions as an overlay, meaning that other exploits have to be used meaning the question is impossible to solve the normal way. It is possible to solve: click your mouse buttons and drag your mouse to the other island with the mouse button still clicked in. Or using alt-tab with plenty of open stuff [at least 10 to make a bridge). Or mousing around the outside of the window.
Gameplay Grading: When and if you reach the end of The Impossible Quiz 2, the game ranks you on how many Fusestoppers and Skips you found, how many of each you used, and how many lives you lost. A perfect run—that is, all Fusestoppers and Skips found, none of them used, and no misses—nets you an A* rank.
Gameplay Roulette: Among the more traditional-style questions, you are frequently thrown into minigames where you have to click on things, navigate a maze, etc.
Grand Finale: The Impossible Quiz Book Chapter 3: Spatula Future
Hostile Show Takeover: Chris, having gotten beaten up during an earlier question in The Impossible Quiz 2, marches in after Question 100 and conducts the final 20, several of which are specifically about him.
Then, on question 117, it reproduces a question from the Impossible Quiz prototype, again with the same graphic design. Considering that at the time few people even knew of the prototype's existence, this threw a lot of people for a loop.
The Impossible Quiz Book: Chapter 1 features a question from one of the previous quizzes, and one of the possible answers is "Wait a minute... this question is familiar...". It's so wrong, isn't it?
Outside-the-Box Tactic: Quite a few questions require some lateral thinking skills. For example, one question is a simple math question, but none of the choices given are the correct answer. However, the question number itself is.
Retraux: Questions 61-70 of The Impossible Quizbook are loaded and styled like a ZX Spectrum program.
Real Song Theme Tune: The original game loops Gonna Fly Now (aka the Rocky theme) and a lyric-less version The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song by the Flaming Lips. One of the questions also plays a clip from another Flaming Lips song, namely What Is The Light?
Q25: Why is the sand wet? A: Seaweed Q26: So... the sand is wet because the sea weed on it?! A: Yes Q27: How is that even possible? I mean, the sea is just a huge mass of water, how could it urinate on a beach? A: Wow. The Impossible Quiz has sure gone downhill!
Question 108 of the original is also a Shout-Out to LOST, as it requires you to enter the numbers into the hatch computer before the time runs out. If you fail, you get a Non Standard Game Over which is very similar to what happened when the characters actually failed to enter the numbers.
The intro of The Impossible Quizbook Chapter 2 informs you that you can press S to skip or press X to Jason.
Unwinnable by Design: Using even one skip makes you unable to pass the final question in the first game. The second game is sincere in informing you that you are allowed to use your skips and still finish, but skips are disabled on the final question in order to prevent an Anti-Climax Boss situation, and using skips will lower the grade you get if you finish.
Very Definitely Final Dungeon: The last 10 questions of the first quiz and the last 20 of the second have different music and presentation than the questions that preceded them. They are more difficult and all timed.
Violation of Common Sense: Several questions require you to disregard common sense to pass, such as a question that reads "Press this button to kill you before the bomb does." It was referring to the words "this button" in the question. If you click "this button", YOU DIE. The actual correct answer is to push the threatening-looking button.
"What is the 7th letter of the alphabet?" Answer: H. Makes more sense when you realize they're asking for the 7th letter in the phrase "the alpHabet"