The Curiosity: What's Inside the Cube? wiki last edited by Deathawk on 02/01/14 08:37PM View full history

Overview

Bryan Henderson, the game's winner.

Curiosity was a game created by Peter Molyneux, where players joined together in order to chip away at an enormous cube, which was purported to reveal a "life-changing secret." The game was released for iPad, iPhone, and Android on November 6, 2012.

On November 7, 2012, 22 Cans tweeted that the first layer had been removed. In April 2013, an update was released containing the last 50 layers of the cube.

On May 26, 2013, the cube was finally completed. The winner, UK resident Bryan Henderson, received a contract to work on 22Can's next project, Godus; according to a video posted online in which Molyneux announces the cube's completion, Henderson's role will be the game's "god," this will apparently grant him some unspecified level of creative control. Henderson will also receive a small percentage of profits from the game.

Gameplay

The top layer being removed by a firecracker, revealing the layer below.

Upon running the game, the player was presented with a two color cube (initially black and green); however, these colors varied depending on the current layer. The black areas as shown on the right, represent the topmost layer of the cube, while green areas represent the next layer underneath.

Gameplay consisted of tapping on the black areas of the cube to "chip away" cubelets (the individual cubes which the large cube is comprised). Upon the first tap, the camera zooms in on a section of the cube. From there players could pinch and scroll across the cube face to find a playable area, and then tap away to reveal the green blocks underneath. Players earned coins for each block removed; as well as this, there were bonuses for rapid sets of taps and clearing a whole screen.

Coins could be used to purchase in-game items, such as firecrackers, bombs, and chisels, which break more than one cube at a time. Players could also use coins to purchase statistics about how the game is being played.

Once the cube has finally been completed, the person to remove the final cubelet will be rewarded with a link to something; it will be entirely up to this person as to whether they share this mysterious content with anyone else.

On December 11, 2012 22Cans released an update that now let the player see other players chipping away at the cube in real time.

Layers

Every layer of the cube has its own unique design. Some layers are pictures of things or they can be a color. Each layer also contains a clue as to what's in the center of the cube.

  • Layer 1: Black
  • Layer 2: Green
  • Layer 3: Orange
  • Layer 4: Pictures of food or household items (tomatoes, scissors, etc.)
  • Layer 5: Maroon
  • Layer 6: Eyes
  • Layer 7: Light blue
  • Layer 8: Different items of clothing
  • Layer 9: Dark blue
  • Layer 10: Text from the Louis Carroll novels Through the Looking Glass and The Walrus and The Carpenter
  • Layer 11: Red
  • Layer 12: Stained glass of Biblical scenes
  • Layer 13: Brownish orange
  • Layer 14: Picture of a city scene (including a picture of a pre- 9/11 World Trade Center)
  • Layer 15: Army green
  • Layer 16: Bean salad
  • Layer 17: Red/pink
  • Layer 18: The Buddhist stupa of Boundhanath in Nepal
  • Layer 19: Sea blue
  • Layer 20: Airplane blueprints
  • Layer 21: Yellow
  • Layer 22: Pictures that reference the number 22
  • Layer 23: Green
  • Layer 24: Landscape of a city in the desert
  • Layer 25: Teal blue
  • Layer 26: Text from Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities
  • Layer 27: Yellowish green
  • Layer 28: Red
  • Layer 29: Black
  • Layer 30: Pictures of London telephone boxes (and a picture of leaves on one side of the cube.)
  • Layer 31: Crimson
  • Layer 32: Balloons
  • Layer 33: Blue/gray
  • Layer 34: Advertising a Kickstarter for 22 Cans' next game, Godus
  • Layer 35: Blue
  • Layer 36: Extreme closeups of a color screen
  • Layer 37: Burgundy
  • Layer 38: Dominoes
  • Layer 39: Dark purple
  • Layer 40: Landscape of a wheat field
  • Layer 41: MSU Green
  • Layer 42: Another stained glass of Biblical scenes
  • Layer 43: Green
  • Layer 44: Excerpts from William Tennant's book Anster Fair
  • Layer 45: Red
  • Layer 46: Pictures of a wooden table and wine bottles
  • Layer 47: Shamrock green/ jade
  • Layer 48: Close-up view of layers 39 and 40
  • Layer 49: Dark green
  • Layer 50: Negative images of faces
  • Layer 51: Purple
  • Layer 52: Pictures of hands, elbows, and knees
  • Layer 53: Blue
  • Layer 54: Excerpts from Erin Morgenstern's book The Night Circus
  • Layer 55: Army green
  • Layer 56: Painted tropical fish art pieces
  • Layer 57: Yellowish green
  • Layer 58: Alvis-produced car
  • Layer 59: Forest green
  • Layer 60: Sky blue
  • Layer 61: Olive green
  • Layer 62: Light green
  • Layer 63: Burnt orange
  • Layer 64: Maroon
  • Layer 65: Powder blue
  • Layer 66: Midnight blue
  • Layer 67: Rusty orange
  • Layer 68: Black/gray
  • Layer 69: Mauve
  • Layer 70: Lavender
  • Layer 71: Light green
  • Layer 72: Dark green/ names of people who have backed the Godus Kickstarter.
  • Layer 73: Dark red
  • Layer 74: Dark green background and more names of people who have backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 75: Castleton green
  • Layer 76: Magenta background with even more names of people who have backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 77: Turquoise
  • Layer 78: Variety of mushrooms
  • Layer 79: Pink
  • Layer 80: Pictures of ice and winter
  • Layer 81: Sea blue
  • Layer 82: Pictures of different flowers
  • Layer 83: Brownish/rusty orange
  • Layer 84: Pictures of a mountainous valley
  • Layer 85: Dark blue
  • Layer 86: Images of electronic circuits and lenses in close up
  • Layer 87: Pastel purple
  • Layer 88: Pictures of machinery in black and white
  • Layer 89: Dark red
  • Layer 90: Eiffel Tower
  • Layer 91: Grassy green
  • Layer 92: A stiltwalker in front of a European restaurant
  • Layer 93: Muddy gray
  • Layer 94: Rocky soil
  • Layer 95: Purple
  • Layer 96: Desolate scrublands
  • Layer 97: Greenish gray
  • Layer 98: Pictures of Brighton Pier
  • Layer 99: Reddish brown
  • Layer 100: Shadow of a photographer in a desert environment
  • Layer 101: Grassy green
  • Layer 102: Forest reflections in a pool of water
  • Layer 103: Dark charcoal/black
  • Layer 104: Golden chains on tooled leather
  • Layer 105: Ruby red
  • Layer 106: Photos of plants
  • Layer 107: Bronze
  • Layer 108: Gray wooden planks
  • Layer 109: Dark green
  • Layer 110: Pictures from the moon's surface
  • Layer 111: Orange/Brown
  • Layer 112: Excerpts from Isaac Newton's Principles of Natural Philosophy
  • Layer 113: Powder Blue
  • Layer 114: Daytona International Speedway
  • Layer 115: Mars black
  • Layer 116: Panoramic view of a lake in mountains
  • Layer 117: Claret
  • Layer 118: Images of the Saturn V S-II
  • Layer 119: Vivid lime green
  • Layer 120: A school of fish in an aquarium
  • Layer 121: Black violet
  • Layer 122: Pictures of large pot-holes in a road
  • Layer 123: Light green
  • Layer 124: A bookcase full of books
  • Layer 125: Navy blue
  • Layer 126: Hilly and mountainous landscapes
  • Layer 127: Dark blue
  • Layer 128: Coloured Christmas ball ornaments
  • Layer 129: Olive green
  • Layer 130: Exterior images of a townhouse
  • Layer 131: Dark purple
  • Layer 132: An antique German typewriter with thumbnails of biblical/religious figures
  • Layer 133: Brownish red
  • Layer 134: Negative pictures of flowers
  • Layer 135: Fern green
  • Layer 136: A female mannequin hearing different hats
  • Layer 137: Brown
  • Layer 138: More photos of the same fish in Layer 120.
  • Layer 139: Expresso
  • Layer 140: A person covered in body paint
  • Layer 141: Metallic silver
  • Layer 142: Another person covered in body paint
  • Layer 143: Smoky blue
  • Layer 144: A third person covered in black body paint
  • Layer 145: Dark green
  • Layer 146: A fourth person covered in white body paint
  • Layer 147: Blue / Purple
  • Layer 148: A fifth person covered in body paint
  • Layer 149: Spearmint
  • Layer 150: A non-native American Indian woman posing outdoors
  • Layer 151: Peach
  • Layer 152: Photos of the inside and outside of a light fixture
  • Layer 153: Reddish purple
  • Layer 154: Photos related to Wembley Stadium
  • Layer 155: Dark turquoise
  • Layer 156: Photos of frost covering plants and fence wires
  • Layer 157: Prism violet
  • Layer 158: Photos of the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market
  • Layer 159: Chartreuse
  • Layer 160: More photos of the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market
  • Layer 161: Greenish yellow
  • Layer 162: Photos of a stone wall
  • Layer 163: Violet grey
  • Layer 164: Photos of power lines and a tower
  • Layer 165: Dark green
  • Layer 166: Photos of woods and an empty winter field
  • Layer 167: Sap green
  • Layer 168: Photos of lakes
  • Layer 169: Electric purple
  • Layer 170: Hazelnut
  • Layer 171: Emerald green
  • Layer 172: Pictures of Japan
  • Layer 173: Black
  • Layer 174: Pictures of the John Hancock Center
  • Layer 175: Permanent green light
  • Layer 176: Photos of row boats
  • Layer 177: Green
  • Layer 178: Photos of Marina City
  • Layer 179: Plum
  • Layer 180: Photos of the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts campus
  • Layer 181: Royal purple
  • Layer 182: Photos of chains
  • Layer 183: Ultramarine blue
  • Layer 184: Photos of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Layer 185: Royal purple
  • Layer 186: Photos of a town in England
  • Layer 187: Peacock 6396
  • Layer 188: Photos of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Layer 189: Traffic purple
  • Layer 190: Photos of the Holy Trinity Church in Bosham, England
  • Layer 191: Grass green
  • Layer 192: Photos of the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles
  • Layer 193: Plum
  • Layer 194: Photos of animal skulls
  • Layer 195: Cinnamon
  • Layer 196: Photos of the Empire State Building
  • Layer 197: Red brown
  • Layer 198: Photos of swans swimming with ducks
  • Layer 199: Brilliant green
  • Layer 200: Photos of the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco
  • Layer 201: Avocado
  • Layer 202: Photos of plant life
  • Layer 203: Red wine
  • Layer 204: Photos of the Chrysler Building in New York City
  • Layer 205: Dark bluish purple
  • Layer 206: Permanent red violet
  • Layer 207: Purple
  • Layer 208: A shade of electric indigo
  • Layer 209: A shade of jazzberry jam
  • Layer 210: Names of supporters of the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 211: Blue grey green
  • Layer 212: 24 pictures of faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 213: Spanish olive
  • Layer 214: A 2nd set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 215: Fern green
  • Layer 216: A 3rd set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 217: Ultra blue
  • Layer 218: A 4th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 219: Blue silver
  • Layer 220: A 5th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 221: Cinnabar green
  • Layer 222: A 6th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 223: Light purple brown
  • Layer 224: A 7th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 225: Vivid lime green
  • Layer 226: An 8th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 227: Dark forest green
  • Layer 228: A 9th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 229: Amethyst
  • Layer 230: A 10th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 231: Phthalo green turquoise
  • Layer 232: An 11th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 233: Electric green
  • Layer 234: A 12th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 235: Emsco green
  • Layer 236: A 13th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 237: Light cocoa
  • Layer 238: A 14th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 239: Teal
  • Layer 240: A 15th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 241: Ocean green
  • Layer 242: A 16th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 243: Brick red
  • Layer 244: A 17th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 245: Dark blue
  • Layer 246: An 18th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 247: Violet blue
  • Layer 248: A 19th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 249: Deep cobalt green
  • Layer 250: A 20th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 251: Cobalt violet
  • Layer 252: A 21st set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 253: Silver
  • Layer 254: A 22nd set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 255: Forest green
  • Layer 256: A 23rd set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 257: Orient red
  • Layer 258: A 24th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 259: Bronze
  • Layer 260: A 25th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 261: Blackish green
  • Layer 262: A 26th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 263: Light grass green
  • Layer 264: A 27th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 265: Chocolate brown
  • Layer 266: A 28th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 267: Vandyke brown
  • Layer 268: A 29th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 269: Iced mint
  • Layer 270: A 30th set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 271: Night sky
  • Layer 272: A 31st set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 273: Dark orchid
  • Layer 274: A 32nd set of 24 faces of people that backed the Godus Kickstarter
  • Layer 275: Peacock blue
  • Layer 276: A giant timer with a large number 50 in the center (indicating that there are 50 layers left on the cube,) and 24 photos of past revealed images running along the sides
  • Layer 277: Iridescent greenish yellow
  • Layer 278: Timer indicates 48 layers left with a 2nd set of 24 photos of past revealed images running along the sides
  • Layer 279: Rose violet
  • Layer 280: Timer indicates 46 layers left with a 3rd set of 24 photos of past revealed images running along the sides
  • Layer 281: Green
  • Layer 282: Timer indicates 44 layers left with a 4th set of 24 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 283: Copen opaque blue
  • Layer 284: Timer indicates 42 layers left with a 5th set of 24 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 285: Quinacridone magenta
  • Layer 286: Timer indicates 40 layers left with a 6th set of 24 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 287: Gold
  • Layer 288: Timer indicates 38 layers left with a set of 54 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 289: Orange
  • Layer 290: Timer indicates 36 layers left with a 2nd set of 54 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 291: Purple
  • Layer 292: Timer indicates 34 layers left with a 3rd set of 54 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 293: Light green
  • Layer 294: Timer indicates 32 layers left with a 4th set of 54 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 295: Teal
  • Layer 296: Timer indicates 30 layers left with a 5th set of 54 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 297: Mediterranean blue
  • Layer 298: Timer indicates 28 layers left with a set of 96 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 299: Transparent azo burnt orange
  • Layer 300: Timer indicates 26 layers left with a 2nd set of 96 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 301: Mint green
  • Layer 302: Timer indicates 24 layers left with a set of 216 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 303: Raspberry
  • Layer 304: Timer indicates 22 layers left with a 2nd set of 216 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 305: Sea blue
  • Layer 306: Timer indicates 20 layers left with a 3rd set of 216 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 307: Forest green
  • Layer 308: Timer indicates 18 layers left with a 4th set of 216 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 309: Medium lime green
  • Layer 310: Timer indicates 16 layers left with a 5th set of 216 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 311: Lavender
  • Layer 312: Timer indicates 14 layers left with a 6th set of 216 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 313: Cobalt navy blue
  • Layer 314: Timer indicates 12 layers left with a set of 864 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 315: Golden brown
  • Layer 316: Timer indicates 10 layers left with a 2nd set of 864 photos of past images running along the sides
  • Layer 317: Royal blue
  • Layer 318: Timer indicates 8 layers left with a set of photos placed in a 24x24 grid running along the sides
  • Layer 319: Hunter green
  • Layer 320: Timer indicates 6 layers left with a set of photos placed in a 48x48 grid running along the sides
  • Layer 321: A pallet of muddy green
  • Layer 322: Timer indicates 4 layers left with a set of photos placed in a 96x96 grid running along the sides
  • Layer 323: A variety of orange
  • Layer 324: Timer indicates 2 layers left with thousands of faded mini photos that form a beam of light shining through the darkness at the timer
  • Layer 325: Blood red
  • Layer 326 (The Final Layer): Timer indicates that there are no layers left. Only the beam of light remains as there are no photos on this layer

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