We've already seen the Da Vinci
spun into a video game
and a mobile game
; starting tomorrow, it will
also become an online puzzle trail, an Alternate Reality Game-style code quest run by Google and accessible from your
Google homepage. This movie tie-in game fits with the book's themes of brain-bending puzzles, and it should hopefully
be an enjoyable ride, with puzzles being issued daily until May 10 -- coincidentally, the start of E3 -- and a prize
draw for those who answer all 24 puzzles correctly.
There's something of a discrepancy in prizes, thanks to
regional sponsors -- the US grand prize winner will be flown on a first class trip to England, Rome and Paris with
three guests, bagging over $120,000 of goodies along the way, whereas the top UK winners get a trip to Paris on the
Eurostar. It's an interesting move to add this kind of daily ARG-style play into a personalised homepage service such
as Google provides; people using the service already will find it easy to play the game, whereas those who haven't
tried the service have a new incentive to do so.