This is the solution post for my Kongregate spring 2015 avatar puzzle hunt. If you wish to solve the puzzlehunt, the avatars are linked below. Spoilers obviously inbound!
SPOILERS INBOUND BEYOND THIS POINT!!!
Here are the solutions of each avatar.
#1: Coldplay X&Y cover code
The code used for this avatar is the one also used in the cover of Coldplay’s album X&Y. If you use the code generator to decode the avatar text, you get the solution word ANTIMATTER.
The sides of the avatar have morse code. Read the left side of the avatar from bottom to top to get IMPOS and the right side from top to bottom to get SIBLE, spelling your solution IMPOSSIBLE.
This is probably one of the more straightforward puzzles – the bottom of the avatar is different from the rest, so decode that pigpen code to get UNSCREENED. (The other lines of pigpen say “LLAMASSUCK”.)
#4: Faded QR code + decimal to text
First, you need to reconstruct the QR code seen on the avatar – it doesn’t translate on its own. Then, you get a chain of ten numbers which can be translated from decimal to text. This gives you the solution MICROSCOPE.
#5: Between two letters
The left side of the avatar has two columns of letters. Each row has two letters that are only one letter apart in the alphabet. The first has A and C, meaning a B is missing. Once you translate the puzzle row by row, you get the answer word, BIRTHRIGHT.
#6: Missing cryptogram pattern
The top-right corner of the image has a tinyurl address. Checking that gives you a list in a pastebin with the title “ONE MORE WITH THE SAME PATTERN”. This refers to cryptogram patterns which can be checked using WolframAlpha, for example. The pattern you’re missing is BENEFICIAL.
The balloon avatar has ten binary codes hidden not-so-well amongst the balloons. Decoding them using Cryptii (for example) gives you a chain of ten letters which can then be anagrammed into MUMMIFYING.
By tilting your screen enough or editing the amount of light in the avatar, you notice there’s a base64 code (dW5kZXJuZWF0aA==) on the second vertical bar of the F. Using Cryptii again will give you your solution of UNDERNEATH.
ANOTHER HUGE SPOILER INBOUND PAST THIS POINT!!!
Once you list all eight of the puzzle answers below each other…
- A N T I M A T T E R
- I M P O S S I B L E
- U N S C R E E N E D
- M I C R O S C O P E
- B I R T H R I G H T
- B E N E F I C I A L
- M U M M I F Y I N G
- U N D E R N E A T H
It can be noticed that the second-last letters spell out ELEPHANT when read from top to bottom. It sure fits my elephant motif.