Thought the Google/Da Vince Code Quest was over? Well, you weren’t the only one. Turns out the final round has yet to come.
I got this email today, as did probably everyone who finished all 24 puzzles and lives in the United States:
The Da Vinci Code Quest
9:46 pm(1 hour ago)
Thank you for participating in “The Da Vinci Code” Quest on Google.
This email is to confirm that you have completed all 24 puzzles within the quest and successfully registered for a chance to participate in the final challenge. Well done!
We will be contacting the 10,000 finalists on Monday 5/15 via email regarding their cryptex shipment. Within that email the 10,000 finalists will also receive instructions on how to participate in the final challenge.
All remaining players who finished the quest will also receive a surprise message via email.
Thank you all for participating in “The Da Vinci Code” Quest on Google and making it such a success. We hope you enjoyed playing.
The Da Vinci Code In Theaters 5/19
You are receiving this email as part of your participation in THE DA VINCI CODE QUEST ON GOOGLE.
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Sony Pictures Webmaster C/O Sony Pictures Digital
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Congratulations! It appears that you have received our message and have completed all 24 puzzles. In order to reach the end of the Quest and be rewarded with untold riches you must quickly and correctly complete the Final Challenge.
The one to complete the Final Challenge in the least amount of time will be our chosen one. Beginning at 1pm EDT on May 19th, the final challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. You can begin whenever you like, but prepare well, for once you begin there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winner.
The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th. Visit the official movie website at www.SoDarkTheConOfMan.com.
Very interesting. Apparently, on the very day the movie releases, you’ll have to complete five tasks, and be the fastest, to win the big prize.
Wait a minute, what the hell is the prize?
Here’s what the U.S. prize page reveals:
First-class round-trip air transportation for four (4) to New York, Paris, Rome and London courtesy of Orbitz.com. (Approximate Retail Value: $97,000.00)
Four (4) nights deluxe hotel accommodations and ground transportation for four (4) at each travel destination courtesy of BooksAMillion and Frommer’s. (ARV: $16,600.00)
Four Leisure Select return tickets from London to Paris and London to Avignon courtesy of Eurostar. (ARV: $5,797.24)
One (1) Sony® 40″ BRAVIA™ S-Series LCD HDTV Television (ARV: $2999.99)
One (1) Sony® VAIO® VGN-TX770P/B Notebook computer (ARV: $2,599.99)
One (1) Sony® Cyber-shot® DSC-N1 Digital Camera (ARV: 499.95)
One (1) Sony® Platinum DVD Dream™ System (model DAV-X1) (ARV: $799.99)
One (1) Sony® NV-U70 Portable Navigation System (ARV: $599.95)
One (1) Sony® DPP-FP50 Digital Photo Printer (ARV: $149.95)
Four (4) Sony® Walkman Core™ MP3 Players (ARV $639.80)
Four (4) copies of the Frommer’s Guide Books and Day by Day Guides to New York, Paris, Rome and London. (ARV: $483.68)
Now, that’s the whole prize. Yes, one person is going to get all of that. ALL OF IT. Jeez.
One (1) Cryptex replica inspired by the film. (ARV: $30.00)
So, if you get an email on May 15 (and, presumably, if you got this email), you will get a cryptex, pictured above. You also get a chance, for 48 hours starting at 1 pm Eastern on May 19, to win $127,170.54 in prizes, totaling 16 plane tickets, 16 nights of hotel accomodations for 4 people and transportation, 8 train tickets, 4 MP3 players, 4 travel guides, 1 LCD HDTV, 1 laptop, 1 8.1 megapixel camera, 1 DVD/speaker system, 1 satellite navigation system, and 1 photo printer.
Now, here’s my advice: Do not, under any circumstances, play the Quest at 1 pm on May 19. Wait. Wait for spoilers to hit the net, wait for me to play the game and post my tips here. This is for over a hundred grand in prizes, and you do not want to go in blind. If you have a copy of the Da Vinci Code, have it next to you (or go out and buy one). Also, go see the movie before playing the Quest. It’ll help keep it in your mind, and get you in the right frame to win.
Remember, you don’t have to be the first to win, just the fastest. If you wait until May 21 at 8 am, you’ll have a much better idea than the people who played at the first possible minute.
Here’s what I’ll be doing: Leading up to May 19, I will reread portions of the book. On May 19, I will watch the Da Vinci Code movie around noon. Following the movie, I will comb the net for posts by people who have played the final Quest and post what I find here. I will also petition my readers to say what happened to them (and given how many comments I have gotten during the first Quest, it should be a lot). Finally, I will reboot, close all programs on my system, save Firefox, open tabs to every Google service used previously in the Quest (Book Search, Scholar, Video, Translation Service, Maps), medidate, and start.
I suspect I will start the Quest around 6 pm on the 19th. I don’t think I will win, but all I have to do is try hard. I get a lot of traffic from this game (hundreds of dollars worth of advertising sold), so as long as I do my damndest for you guys, I get something out of it.
Be here on May 19th. Go to my main Da Vinci Code Quest page, and look for a link to The Final Challenge, and join in. Good luck to everyone.
I’ll make a deal: If a reader who has participated on this blog wins the Grand Prize, and gives me the news and a chance to ask him/her how it feels, I will send that person a gift as well.
This has been a great experience. Again, we will be holding DVD prize contests on this blog starting early next week (I believe), so stick around, even after the contest has ended.
UPDATE: Emails are notifying the winners, and prizes are arriving in the mail. Click the link for more.
UPDATE: The Final Challenge is here. Details are being collected following this link.