The Pixelated Formula - Mystery Pic
Perhaps you’ve seen it on the New Features page, but never bothered to investigate
further into it. Or maybe, you just “don’t have enough time” to do it. Every Wednesday
and Friday, it gets posted and you still convince yourself that one day you’ll
get around to it. But after a few attempts at it, you’ve gone back to your original
prediction: the Mystery Picture is just plain impossible.
This is what many people instantly think when they read the description of
the Mystery Pic that comes out on Wednesday and Friday. This statement straight
from the link itself, “We will upload a picture that appears somewhere on the
site” dissuades about half of those who visit the game from participating. The
remaining fifty percent goes on to check the further information. Simple enough,
until you reach the picture itself. The square pixelated image seems so deterring.
And this is where forty percent of the remaining half leaves. The small chunk
of people left start searching. And then, after a few minutes, another five
percent leaves. Then, about three percent of those who search eventually finds
the picture and submits the answer.
I don’t necessarily disapprove of this; for many people, Mystery Pic is just
not their thing on Neopets, for it simply takes too much eye concentration and
requires a lot of time on your hands. But the payoff is definitely worth it.
Because most people do the Mystery Pic for the prize, I’ll just mention this
first. You will usually receive around 4000 Neopoints (from a neomail courtesy
of TNT) from submitting the correct answer. If you’ve been quick on referring
your answer, you might even get an item worth usually around 10000 Neopoints
or 10k. Now that’s a prize that’ll actually make your bank account (or more
so, that green Skeith) happier! The great part about Mystery Pic is that there
are very few occurrences where people make a board simply to give out the answer
(unlike Lenny Conundrum, where it happens every week).
Of course, the prize is just your reward. Some people consider the Mystery
Pic just a fun and exciting activity to do on Wednesdays and Fridays. To them,
the prize is simply a bonus. And once you get going into it, hopefully you will
too! To start, usually, TNT will remind you that a new Mystery Pic has been
released during Wednesdays and Fridays. First, copy that humongous image and
paste it onto Paint or Microsoft Word. Preferably, I use Word, but that’s just
because I’m not very fluent in Paint. On Word, resize the image to the smallest
it can get. This is what the real image on Neopets will look like. After that,
you’ll need to start searching for the image. I strongly recommend that you
go onto the Neoboards and onto the games board. Usually, there will be a topic
named something like “MP” (which stands for Mystery Pic). Go onto there, introduce
yourself and be polite. They won’t take kindly to spam, chain letters, sarcastic
remarks and idiotic proclamations. Ask them where you should look or simply
choose a random area. If you work hard and post consistently on the boards,
it’ll become natural and you just might be able to retrieve a clue via Neomail
if somebody finds it. Never, EVER talk about what you think might be the answer
to the MP; lurkers are always around, and they’ll do anything they can to get
a free answer and get Neopoints without having to do any work.
There are various places on Neopets where you can search for the picture. A
list of the places will accompany this paragraph.
-Games. By this, I mean the headers (the banners at the top of the page), the
play button (the image you click on to play the game) and sometimes, but rarely,
inside the game. This includes every game, including Action, Puzzle and Luck/Chance.
Though it seems like a tedious chore, it’s actually one of the easiest areas
to search, in my opinion.
-General Headers and Banners. Just look around Neopets and see what kinds of
Headers look alike. Remember to use your copy/pasted image to confirm with any
-The Neopedia. This can be a tedious task, not to mention boring and time-wasting.
At least you’ll learn a lot of little-known Neopian facts. That Lenny Conundrum
is seeming more possible day after day…still, this is where going onto the Neoboards
and joining in the search is most effective. Plus, a few other places…
-The Captions. Possibly the most annoying area of Neopets that the Mystery
Pic can be located in. Be prepared to spend a good three to six hours looking
for the correct image if you’re doing this alone. You’re going to have to look
in-depth; the Caption Contests tend to be very colorful and pleasing to the
eye. Don’t get distracted!
-Worlds. By this, I mean searching around the parts of Neopia. Clicking on
the “Explore” link at the sidebar to the left and searching the different parts
of Neopets, such as Kreludor and Terror Mountain. Search the snow, the mountain,
and the caves when looking through Terror Mountain. It might also be in your
best interest to look through the various activities and shops dedicated to
that specific place.
-Neogreetings. To access it, simply go to the Gift Shop in the Bazaar and click
on the hyperlink in the Shopkeeper’s greeting. There, you should find many,
many Neogreetings (animated/non-animated greetings that you can send to friends
via e-mail) to search through.
-MSN/AIM Buddy Icons. You can find these through here: http://www.neopets.com/buddyicon2.phtml.
If you’re familiar with the MSN Messenger and the AIM, then you should recognize
these as “Buddy Icons” which are kind of like avatars. The Mystery Pic can be
located in any of these (usually the bigger ones), so get ready to spend a little
bit going through them.
-Items. Yet another mind-boggling (not to mention eye-distorting) area where
the MP is sometimes located in.
-How to Draw. Incidentally, there was a Mystery Pic in this section in which
only about twenty people won. Before that, most never bothered to search this
section and it is quite new to the Mystery Pic. Usually, if the Mystery Pic
is in here, it’ll be one of the finished products of the How-to-Draw. You can
access it from Pet Central.
-Gallery of Evil. Similarly to the Neopedia, the Gallery of Evil features villains
of all sorts, ranging from the infamous Sloth to the newcomer, Razul. You can
access it from Pet Central. These pictures are all in black and white and there
are only twenty-ish entries in there anyways. Shouldn’t be too difficult to
-Neopian Times, News, etc.: Remember the MP can be anywhere! Be creative and
go search in a place you’ve never gone to look through before. It just might
be in there.
And lastly, a few additional tips that can help anybody
1. Never assume that a picture has the MP in it unless you check. I tend to
skim until I find a somewhat close image to the pixelated image. Then, I double-check.
2. Take breaks. Your eyes should come before the MP, or anything on the computer
for that matter. Plus, with rests, they’ll be sharper once you continue searching
and you might spot something that you might have missed before.
3. DOUBLE-CHECK! Can’t find anything even after looking through every part
of Neopia extensively? Double-check! Most likely, you just skipped or didn’t
notice something that you could have noticed if your eyes were more relaxed
4. Search with the Neoboards! There will always be a board specifically designed
to help each other work and find the MP. This will greatly reduce the amount
of time it takes to find it and you might make a few new friends too. Most likely,
if you’re an active helper and contribute to the board, you’ll be neomailed
a clue or hint that will eliminate the excess work the MP forces you to do.
Never beg for clues, however. It’ll only get you reported.
5. Wording the answer is a big part of getting the MP right too. You have to
make sure that all of the key words are included in the answer, but it isn’t
so lengthy, that the system doesn’t mark it as right. For example, if you found
the MP in a Neopedia Entry for Dubloon Disaster, instead of putting: Neopedia
Entry: Dubloon Disaster Picture on the bottom, you could simply pout Neopedia:
6. Take your time in finding the answer, but be hasty in submitting it. Once
you find the MP, before revealing any clues to any of your friends, submit the
answer, so that you have a higher place in the list than others. Remember, the
first 250 people will also receive trophies (if they don’t have one/have that
rank already) and a cool item that can surely sell for a few thousand NP.
7. Have fun! You don’t need to stress yourself to solve the Mystery Pic. If
you simply can’t find it, no matter how hard you try, feel free to stop searching.
If you’re getting to the extent where you boil over whenever you don’t find
the MP, then this game might not be for you.
And as the article comes to a close, a crisp breeze blows over the sea…and
alas, the article has finished. Good luck in searching and hope you can earn
a spiffy trophy of some sort from Mystery Pic!