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The hacking game’s ultimate Easter Egg decoded after eight years

The hacking game’s ultimate Easter Egg decoded after eight years

An optional puzzle included in Double Fine’s 2014 hacking game Hack ‘n’ Slash (opens in a new tab) has, eight years later, finally been resolved. The problem has been known as the SecretRoom.lua puzzle, named after an encrypted file among the game’s files that no one could figure out how to decrypt.

Someone finally has, and the news comes via the blog of software analyst Guillaume Fortin-Debigaré (opens in a new tab), who seems to have a real fondness for these kinds of mysteries. The problem with this one is that the puzzle was known almost immediately, and much about it was solved except for one key element: the decryption key. Try as the most hardened puzzlers might, they couldn’t even find a clue of what to look for.

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