Have you ever wished the ludicrous volume of video game knowledge you’ve acquired over the years could somehow prove useful? Well, bad news – it won’t. But thanks to this rad little Flash quiz a reader sent in, you can pretend, for a fleeting moment, that it did.
Here’s how Geek Mind works: you are presented with a series of screenshots from games, ranging in genus from mainstream to retro to indie. Your job is to identify them by typing in the title. Each game you identify correctly nets you 10 seconds (you start the game with 60, which is also the maximum amount of time you can get). Good performance will also earn you hints that’ll help you out if you’re stuck on a particular game. You also have the ability to skip screenshots that you have no chance of getting, but beware: when skipping, the timer keeps counting down while you wait for a new game to pop up.
It’s a slick, well-put-together experience, and kind of a huge blast if you’ve ever wished there was a video game game show (and no, Nick Arcade didn’t count). And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be shocked by how much of this stuff you’ve retained over the years – even from games you’ve never played. How the hell did my brain recognize the pet monkey from Black & White? I sure don’t know, but it did, and that’s what counts.
Alright, here’s what we’re thinking: we want you to play Geek Mind exactly once, and post the score you get on your first try (with a screenshot, if possible). Hopefully, we can get a fun little competition going in the comments. You know, for e-bragging-rights and stuff.
So I’m throwing down the gauntlet: I was able to manage 59,300 points in my first play. Let me tell you, that was a LOT of typing. Still, in the 200+ levels I went through, I never saw a single repeated screenshot, which says volumes about the dude’s commitment to making a fun, varied, even fair Flash game. Awesome work, Dom2D!
(Thanks for the tip, Walter!)