Mystery Pic is, unarguably, one of the most difficult games
in the history of the entire universe on Neopets. A new round starts every Thursday, and the following phrase is probably the best way to sum up each game: "Many will enter, few will win."
The Mystery Pic
Every week, an obscured image is presented. Your job is to guess where this obscured image is from.
In the earliest days of Mystery Pic, this was always a very zoomed in section of a much larger image. For example, on the left is the Mystery Pic from round 100 in February 2002, with its solution on the right. See how this Mystery Pic is cut out of the middle right side of the picture? Later on, it was made more challenging by using very small excerpts, as small as 10x10 pixels.
The solution was "Best of Friends Neogreeting"
Around 2017, the Mystery Pic introduced a new strategy: a highly pixelated version of an entire image, rather than an excerpted piece of it. Almost all Mystery Pics these days follow this pattern. For example, on the left is the Mystery Pic from round 1612 in April 2020, with its solution on the right.
The solution was "Pick Your Own"
If the original image is not square, a square subsection of it will be pixelated. For example, on the left is the Mystery Pic from round 1617 in May 2020, with its solution on the right. See how the pixels of the Mystery Pic correspond to larger coloured areas in the original?
The solution was "Collectable Sea Shells"
Rarely, the two strategies will be combined, and the Mystery Pic will be a highly pixelated version of a zoomed in area! For example, on the left is the Mystery Pic from round 1584 in September 2019, with its solution to the right and below.
The solution was "Gift Tags, Happy Valley"
In the past, the Mystery Pic could be any picture on the site, chosen capriciously by a TNT staff member. They most commonly included:
- Game Buttons
- Caption Contests
- Shop Blogs
While it is still very true that the Pic could come from anywhere, these days the set of images that solutions seem to come from is much narrower; perhaps the staff member in charge is a little less creative, or maybe the contest is even automated now! With only a handful of exceptions, the Mystery Pics most often (but not always!) come from:
- Shopkeepers and banners of size 450x150
- Click-to-Play icons from the Games Room
- A hodgepodge of images that are already square, such as the Pick Your Own image above
A great resource for locating the Mystery Pic is DrSloth.com. It offers an easy way to navigate the many images of Neopets. You can search by keyword or category there, which really helps on the journey of finding a single picture on a picture-based website.
If you think you've found the correct image that the Mystery Pic belongs to, type it in in the entry box on the Mystery Pic page.
If you guess correctly, you'll split a 2,000,000 Neopoint prize pool with all the other winners! And if you're one of the first 250 winners, you'll also receive an item.
The prize is always a regular item, usually with a rarity of 80-89, and is listed on the Mystery Pic page each round. The prize is not related to the solution (unless by coincidence).
In addition to receiving the special item, the first 250 people to guess correctly will also receive a trophy. The breakdown of trophies is as follows.
- Correct guesser #1-10: Gold trophy
- Correct guesser #11-50: Silver trophy
- Correct guesser #51-250: Bronze trophy
If you happen to win multiple Mystery Pics and receive a higher trophy, it will replace your old trophy on your userlookup. Your lookup will only ever show one Mystery Pic trophy at a time, and gold trophies stack: if you get gold multiple times, it will be reflected on your lookup! If you get a silver or gold trophy and in a later round qualify for a lower level trophy, your trophy will not be demoted.
Over the years, Mystery Pic has given out some exclusive prizes that were previously not obtainable anywhere else:
This game guide was written by: Kenny and Cameron