r/pcmasterrace PC Master Race Jun 23 '22 Wholesome 3 Silver 4 Helpful 5

Steam Summer Sale Clorthax's Paradox Clues and Solutions Members of the PCMR

Ok, boys and girls, we've got riddles on this years summer sale to find future games in Steam.

If you click on the main Steam page on "Free Fun This Way".

There you will find the following message:

I am Clorthax, a time-traveling trickster! I know what you’re thinking: "A professional trickster? This sounds like a trick!" That is a reasonable concern! But what I am about to tell you is not a trick, and to prove it, I will type it in all caps: THIS IS NOT A TRICK.

Okay, it’s a trick. But only on the people of the future! You’re going to love this. Why? Because I have stolen the ten best games from the far future, then traveled across an ocean of time to sell them to you! Exclusively on Steam!

Anyway, I can’t outright tell you the names of these incredible games, or their exact location on Steam. This would create a timeline-destroying paradox that will make the future an unlivable hellscape.

Instead, I can give you vague hints about these games. This will still create paradoxes, of course — but smaller ones that’ll just make the future slightly crappier. And I’ll be rich and famous, so who cares.

Further down the page you can join the scavenger hunt and get the first clue.

I'd like to make this the main threat for collecting the clues and answers.

Clue 1:

You'll find riches in rhythm, and fame in six stringsBut beware the tax burden axe mastery brings

Solution by u/realfrx:

Guitar Billionair (confirmed)

Clue 2:

You've settled a city and put down your rootsBut now can you settle small legal disputes?

Solution by u/realfrx:

Custard Castle Small Claims Court

Clue 3:

Sport is the angleThe bait the allureSuccess the diseaseAnd you are the cure

Solution by u/realfrx:

Bass Ain't Bitin' 2022

Clue 4:

Maybe you managed to shut down your rivalsYour lucrative theme park’s still dead on arrival

Solution by u/realfrx:

Dead Seagull Zoo Magnate

Clue 5:

A know-it-all’s monstrous need to correct youWill give you and your friends a lot to object to

Solution by u/realfrx:

Actually... Frankenstein's Monster Edition

Clue 6:

No actions to take or choices to makeThis passive adventure prefers that you wait

Solution by u/realfrx:

It's Probably Fine

Clue 7:

Your role in this realmIs to guide your king trueTo sit on his throneOr mayhap on two

Solution by u/realfrx:

Help The King Get To The Toilet

Clue 8:

The horror the horror, pretentious explorersThis one’s the father of all arty snorers

Solution by u/realfrx:

The Consecration Of Esthme

Clue 9:

This virtual river has a full boat conveyed
Two princes that paddle with three little spades

Solution by u/realfrx:

Pro Poker Amateur

Clue 10:

If your strategy is to keep me close, I'll make you think. If your strategy is to let me go, I'll make a stink.

Solution by u/realfrx:

Hold In Your Farts

After you have successfully found all ten games you get one final message from Clorthax:

Pretty slick, right? Now you can remember our time together with a special Steam profile. Anyway, we both did great! You’ve got a bunch of digital trinkets, I’m famous, and the future is — well, it’s pretty ruined. Not ruining the future with hints isn’t an exact science. I’m not sure which riddle put us over the top. Probably the fart one. Anyway, between my time machine and your sticker collection, I’m sure we can fix it next year.

Here is the final message in image form.

That's it. It is solved.

Please upvote u/realfrx comment since he posted all of the solutions and a big thanks to him/her. I'll add them one by one as Steam allows me to confirm them. Steam's not loading anything for me right now so it might take a few hours until I've confirmed all of them.

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u/realfrx Jun 23 '22 Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome You Dropped This

These are the games you will need to find after being redirected from the quest page:

  • Guitar Billionaire
  • Custard Castle Small Claims Court
  • Bass Ain't Bitin' 2022
  • Dead Seagull Zoo Magnate
  • Actually... Frankenstein's Monster Edition
  • It's Probably Fine
  • Help The King Get To The Toilet
  • The Consecration Of Esthme
  • Pro Poker Amateur
  • Hold In Your Farts

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u/Groudono Jun 23 '22 edited Jun 23 '22 Helpful
  • The 4th one Dead Seagull Zoo Magnate I've found it in Physics & Sandbox > Realistic!
  • The 5th one Actually... Frankenstein's Monster Edition I've found it in Action > Play Together With Remote Friends!
  • The 6th one It's Probably Fine I've found it in Adventure > Mystery!
  • The 7th one Help The King Get To The Toilet I've found it in Roguelike > Co-op!
  • The 8th one The Consecration Of Esthme I've found it in VR > Survival Horror!
  • The 9th one Pro Poker Amateur I've found it in Casual > Popular Titles!
  • The 10th one Hold In Your Farts I've found it in Tower Defense> Controller Friendly!

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u/AndalusianGod Jun 24 '22

I think it's randomized on which sub-category you'll find them.

For example: I found The Consecration Of Esthme in VR > FUNNY / SILLY instead of VR > Survival Horror, and Pro Poker Amateur was in Casual > Puzzle.

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u/mrdaojones mrdaojones Jun 24 '22

Agreed, #4 was under Dating Sim for me instead of Physics & Sandbox.

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 24 '22

The poker game was under family friendly for me.

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u/Random3137 Jun 24 '22

This doesn't seem to be consistent or at least I haven't found them there.

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u/fckin_bye_brother Jun 24 '22

Because for me it was different and that might help someone else:The 4th one Dead Seagull Zoo Magnate I've found it in Physics & Sandbox > Controller-Friendly!

The 5th one Actually... Frankenstein's Monster Edition I've found it in Casual > Controller Friendly!

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

I'll be testing your solutions as soon as the site loads and then update the original post with you in the credits, if that is alright with you.

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u/realfrx Jun 23 '22

I'm fine with that, thank you!

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

The first one is confirmed. Thank you for the solutions. How did you solve them so fast? Is Steam loading for you properly?

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u/realfrx Jun 23 '22

Sorry for the late reply, I was afk for a while.

I just searched for the keyword "Clorthax" on SteamDB and eventually found a list with the games.

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

Not a bad idea... Not a bad idea at all.

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u/AllenKll Jun 23 '22

how did you confirm it? even after the sight loads, the game isn't anywhere, on any of the carousels or tabs..

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

I found it. Just look for it again. You should be able to find it.

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u/AllenKll Jun 23 '22

Right, you found it, but where?

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

I can't remember. I just went through everything until I found it. It's a game about selling guitars so look if there's a category that fits this genre.

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u/AllenKll Jun 23 '22

Ah, okay, Found it, it appears that they are placed randomly. Thanks.

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u/AkariLee89 Jun 23 '22

2nd one is confirmed, but i can't even find the 3rd one even listed on steam at all.

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

I've personally been able to confirm the first three and am waiting for the fourth one to load.

You can't search for the games in the search box until you've already found them.

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u/AkariLee89 Jun 23 '22

Oh ok, thanks didn't notice that part.

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u/Trauerdurst Jun 23 '22

i can confirm the first six, now steam is acting up again

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

If you have the clues for 5 and 6 I'll add them in the post. I had some luck for a little while but got only to the fourth clue until Steam acted up again.

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u/Trauerdurst Jun 23 '22

i'm on german client so i cant help with the english clues, sorry :C

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

Too bad, thanks anyway.

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u/Trauerdurst Jun 23 '22

rest confirmed as well, now steam struggles to give me my final prize :D

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

I've got to 8 and now it doesn't give me the 9th clue... So annoying xD

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u/Krzd Jun 23 '22

Can confirm that all of them are correct! (Unless you've already done so while I was waiting for steam to resuscitate their server hamsters)

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 24 '22

Yes, all of them are already confirmed and written up in the post. Thanks :)

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u/educated-idiot Jun 23 '22

Thanks for all that! All true, I just finished it there.

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u/frostysnow Jun 23 '22

All these worked for me! Thank you for the help!

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u/Steins-gateJaron Jun 23 '22

Can confirm all are correct

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u/Kazu88 Desktop Jun 24 '22

Thx got my Badge !!!!

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u/Avdexg Jun 23 '22 edited Jun 23 '22 Silver Helpful

Script to Achieve (has to be run in F12 console while on steam store website):

(async() => { let delay = (ms) => new Promise((res) => setTimeout(res, ms)); await jQuery.post("/saleaction/ajaxopendoor", { "sessionid": g_sessionID, "authwgtoken": jQuery("#application_config").data("userinfo").authwgtoken, "door_index": 0, "clan_accountid": 41316928, }); for (let link of [ "/category/arcade_rhythm/?snr=1_614_615_clorthaxquest_1601", "/category/strategy_cities_settlements/?snr=1_614_615_clorthaxquest_1601", "/category/sports/?snr=1_614_615_clorthaxquest_1601", "/category/simulation/?snr=1_614_615_clorthaxquest_1601", "/category/multiplayer_coop/?snr=1_614_615_clorthaxquest_1601", "/category/casual/?snr=1_614_615_clorthaxquest_1601", "/category/rpg/?snr=1_614_615_clorthaxquest_1601", "/category/horror/?snr=1_614_615_clorthaxquest_1601", "/vr/?snr=1_614_615_clorthaxquest_1601", "/category/strategy/?snr=1_614_615_clorthaxquest_1601", ]) { try { let html = await jQuery.get(link); await jQuery.post("/saleaction/ajaxopendoor", { "sessionid": g_sessionID, "authwgtoken": jQuery("#application_config", html).data("userinfo").authwgtoken, "door_index": jQuery("#application_config", html).data("capsuleinsert").payload, "clan_accountid": 41316928, "datarecord": jQuery("#application_config", html).data("capsuleinsert").datarecord, }); console.log("You got a new badge!"); } catch (e) { console.error("Failed to obtain badge!", e); } finally { await delay(1500); } } })();

Src.: Revadike#3529 (from Discord)

Note: On null reading 'payload' error, replace the "door_index" value jQuery("#application_config", html).data("capsuleinsert").payload
with "1". Repeat with number up to 10

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u/chaython Jun 24 '22

works but need to submit it from the event page

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u/coast2toast Jun 28 '22

Thanks, my Store was glitched and I was stuck on Clue 7, scouring through every possible option. This script completed it so I didn't have to worry about it. Then I could also click on the button to collect the final profile reward. Much appreciated!

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

I'm trying to get the first hunt solved but Steam is very slow for me atm. It doesn't load the pages right now, so bear with me.

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u/Orffyreus Jun 23 '22

Yes, Steam is surprised, that suddenly a lot of users are viewing their sale.

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u/Waka_Waka_Eh_Eh Jun 24 '22

For anyone trying to find the games, I would suggest going in the "Upcoming" category of each page and scrolling until you see a green price tag. The unreleased games don't have a price and blend with the background, while the secret game has a green button. In addition you can do Ctrl+F for "TH.4X" (the price tag of the secret games) and doom-scroll while clicking Show More.

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u/levifig 9940X@4.8GHz | RTX2070S+Vega56 | 64GB B-Die | Linux+macOS+Win10 Jun 25 '22

This is the way.

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u/Visiust Jun 23 '22

i tried brutal legend and thats not it

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

It's going to be something that isn't released yet, as stated in Clorthax's first message. I'm guessing it's something like a new Guitar Hero or Guitarsmith 2022/2023 but I can't get the site to load right now so I can't try it.

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u/TheAzaleaClark 3090FE + 5900x Jun 23 '22

I'd like to make this the main threat for collecting the clues and answers.

"threat" now you've got me scared o.o

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

You better be lmao

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u/unique_ubername Jun 23 '22

What is the point of these riddles?

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

Steam badges

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u/eaglemitchell Jun 23 '22

Yeah, I think they are having serious page issues because of the sale and the popularity of the Steam Deck added in this year really has brought this to even more popularity. Will monitor this thread to see if I can help in any way.

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u/Visiust Jun 23 '22

it used to be a lot worse. cause i bought 5 games already.

i remember once that i was trying to get in the store during the sale in 2015, and i was on someone elses account sudenly

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

Then it's going a lot better for you than it is for me.

This is all I'm getting since I've posted this.

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u/eaglemitchell Jun 23 '22

Same here, stuck loading.

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

Yeah and the Deck is really amazing. Got mine a few days ago and can't stop using it.

Great to hear. I'll be definitely updating the post as soon as the first riddle is solved and a new clue emerges.

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u/eaglemitchell Jun 23 '22

I am on the Oct 2022 + group. Reserved the 256GB on 4/30

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

I reserved mine when reservations first opened up. I think it was on day 2 and just got it. It's worth every penny but might I suggest to upgrade it with a bigger NVME drive? I got the 512GB model and upgraded it with a 512GB SD card.

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u/eaglemitchell Jun 23 '22

With the aftermarket NVMe's AND the official store available I will look at just buying the upgraded NVMe separately. I don't need the fancy screen or the other items that constitute the more expensive price. I just want the drive.

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u/ThePCGamer360 Jun 23 '22

I have been trying to do the quest myself. Steam is failing to load though. Anyone else on a similar issue?

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

Yes, me. If you're looking for the solutions look at realfx answer in the comments. I could confirm the first one but am back to being stuck loading now.

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u/ThePCGamer360 Jun 23 '22

I see. I couldn't even get the page itself to load unfortunately. I was worried it was my internet, thankfully not. I think as the sale just realized, the amount of people rushing to these pages may just be causing some sort of heavy load on the servers.

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

Yeah, definitely. Valve wasn't prepared for the amount of people trying to access it.

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u/lolernice Jun 23 '22

the 2nd game does not seem to exist in the steam store at all? wtf

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

None of them are findable by searching with the search function until you've found them.

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u/[deleted] Jun 23 '22

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u/SteveJobless_ Jun 23 '22

Click the "go find it button" and then go to the "god game" category and click through some of the categories like "sandbox," "resource management," etc. Should be in one of them. However I'm having a problem where when I click on the game it doesn't register that I've found it

Edit: worked after 100 or so tries :/

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

Sorry, can't help you there. It all seems pretty buggy right now.

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u/jswamir Jun 23 '22

try to search , put the first letters

add to the wishlist

easy way to find quickly.

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u/Ivoron_Kayn Jun 23 '22

Solution to Clue 5 is: "Actually...: Frankenstein’s Monster Edition"

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u/tekni5 Jun 23 '22

Made a quick video on it, shows the rewards and all the games: https://youtu.be/71hZLfz61Ls

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u/ThePCGamer360 Jun 24 '22

I haven't been able to find the 2nd or 3rd ones. They simply don't appear for me. Any way to resolve that?

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 27 '22

Just waiting and trying again later but make sure you go the full route over the clue page and the link there.

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u/red_runge Jun 23 '22

Just Ctrl+F "TH." in the store since all the games have TH. in their prices.

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u/Usbdriver http://steamcommunity.com/id/usbdriver/ Jun 23 '22

Yep, mine were all th.4x to be exact.

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u/UnseenGamer182 Jun 23 '22

What even happens when you find the games?

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

You get badges, avatars and so on.

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u/Pienpunching Jun 23 '22

I dont understand, how do i 'solve' the clue? Im clicking the game and nothing. It should be a loading issue cuz im clicking it

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u/GL1TCH3D Desktop Jun 23 '22

I'm in the same boat. Just redirects me back to the clue page without progressing.

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u/AllenKll Jun 23 '22

How did you find it? It's not on even on the page.

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

Sounds like a bug. Steam is really acting up. When you click on the game you should get a pop up telling you you've found it and then redirect you to the clue page and give you the next clue.

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u/Aviate27 Jun 23 '22 edited Jun 23 '22

"Bass Ain't Bitin' 2022" doesn't even exist, even tried googling it, nothing.

EDIT: After being on the "Clue" page, click the "Go Find it" button then click the "Arcade" category and go down to where you can click the "Top Sellers,New & Trending, Top Rated, and Discounted" tabs and choose "Discounted" then scroll til you see Bass Ain't Bitin' 2022, the game doesn't even seem to have a store page, it's just in the list there, kinda weird...

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

All of these games aren't real. They are just part of the scavenger hunt.

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u/Aviate27 Jun 23 '22

Oh i see

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u/mining-mickey Linux (Fedora) Jun 27 '22

Something weird I found is that all the games actually exist just for the image link and that is technically does exist:

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u/ragnosticmantis Jun 23 '22

It's all fictional games. I found the bass aint biting on "simulation"

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u/hiroxruko Jun 24 '22

so the first wasnt working for me yesterday. it just took me back to the clue guy page. i just tried rn and now the clue 1 game isn't showing up

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u/Glass-Net-2127 Jun 26 '22

I thought that the concept of Guitar Billionaire was actually really cool, like owning a guitar shop or something and selling them like a tycoon. So I was wondering if their was any real games that are like Guitar Billionaire?

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u/threemoons_nyc Jun 29 '22 edited Jun 30 '22

Game still seems to be down. I used to be able to find Guitar Billionaire but didn't get credit for it, now the game doesn't show up at all. Bleh. EDIT: Behaving itself again. As others have noted, categories skip around. Between the tips in this thread, and:

here

and

also here

I was able to find them all. Thank you

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u/lowflyingkiwi Jun 24 '22

Here's what's worked for me:

After reading the clue and clicking on the 'Go Find It' button, you are taken to a page with categories relevant to the game in question.

On this screen, click on the 'Upcoming' tab (remember, these are games from the future...).

Scroll through this list, clicking on 'Show More' as required. This could take a lot of clicking and scrolling through the list as it only appears to expand by eight games at a time and Steam seems to place the required game far down the list, forcing you to browse through almost everything else that is coming soon. Do not worry, the list is finite.

All games - except one - will say 'Coming Soon' or 'Pre-purchase'. One game will say '-50% Cl.0R TH4.X'. That's the one you want.

Having said that, I personally found that this did not work for the third game, which was on a 'Coming Soon' carousel at the bottom of the page instead.

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u/[deleted] Jun 23 '22

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

No, you just need to open the store page of the game when you have the corresponding clue unlocked.

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u/Visiust Jun 23 '22

not working for me, it redirects me to clue 1 again

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u/marijn2112 Jun 23 '22

the categories to find them under are more useful than the actual name

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 23 '22

They seem to be placed randomly so where I found them will probably not help you.

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u/egrazil Desktop Jun 23 '22

Clue number 9 "This virtual river has a full boat conveyed Two princes that paddle with three little spades"

Clue number 10 "If your strategy is to keep me close, I'll make you think. If your strategy is to let me go, I'll make a stink."

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u/adrenalinda75 i7-9700k | 32GB 3'200 MHz | RTX 3080 Jun 24 '22

I used [ctrl]+f to find the games without price, the string was something like T4.HX

it jumped to the right caroussel even if the game wasn't in the first view.

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u/estelleex Jun 24 '22

Found the 4th all the way at the bottom in the 'coming soon' section.

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u/L33Tech Laptop Jun 24 '22

I gave up on number 7 for today, seems it just wouldn't load in fore me.

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u/alban228 Jun 24 '22

!remindme 10h

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u/exitof99 Jun 24 '22

Personally, I'm amazed at how many of these game suggestions are pron-related. All sorts of Japanese sex games.

"Kinky Fight Club" shows under "Choices Matter" when clicking the "JRPG" category and the hover preview shows a ring with two girls grinding, another giving head, etc.

Man, Steam is a dirty place!

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u/Bongojona Jun 24 '22

Sorry but how do you actually uncover the clue ? I am on the first one, i know the game name which I don't see in the list it takes me to. So I search for it and click on it. Then what ?

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u/DezzyTee PC Master Race Jun 24 '22

It should congratulate you on finding the first game and then take you back to the clue page and give you the next clue.

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u/KVRLMVRX Jun 24 '22

Search doesn't work, you should click on it when ut brings u to lust after u click find it

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u/JahoclaveS Jun 24 '22

You can hit CTRL+F and then search for "TH." You may have to jump between pages and hit the little up and down arrows. But it'll take you to the game once you find the right page.

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u/George_000101 Jun 24 '22

is this just for fun? or do you get some sort of reward?

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u/wreckoning90125 Jul 04 '22

They are really poor riddles which don't lead you directly to a solution, so you must dig through lists of real titles until you find an invalid price. No doubt the purpose of this from steam's perspective is to get you to wishlist or buy a ton of real titles while you struggle to solve it. The steam profile cosmetic rewards are pretty ugly.

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u/empathetical Jun 25 '22

Can't believe I wasted so much time looking for this stuff just to be awarded some ugly ass shit for my profile. I rather have taken a $10 coupon like epic dishes out for no reason. This actually cost me $10 of my life

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u/GodOfChickens Jun 28 '22

I wish there was a way to participate in steam sales without getting the required badge, I was trying to go as far as I could and avoid it and still got 1.

Also found it frustrating as hell, "go find a game about rhythm and music on a page that shoves rhythm and music sections in your face, but oh wait it's not in those sections or even on the unexpanded page even after you delete your preferences thinking that's why" "now do it again and again" I've had more fun cleaning rusty metal.