The most hardcore image quiz of all time

Without doubt, this is the hardest image quiz we've ever seen. Below is an illustration featuring a secret number of videogame references and images. Some of them are obvious but others are downright cryptic.

Your challenge is to find more than the next man. The prize is every single game* shortlisted in this year's Golden Joystick awards. Click to enlarge (or right click to download) and get to it.

When you think you've found every game in the image head over to the Most Harcore Image Quiz Of All Time entry page and follow the instructions there.

*We don't know what the games will be yet - but you can influence what they might be by voting on the Golden Joystick shortlist page.


  • gamesradar_george1 - July 17, 2009 10:03 a.m.

    @Cernunnos Just get as many as you can. The winner will be whoever gets the most right. We're not expecting anyone to get 100% - if they do then wow, you're cleverer than us... (which ain't hard).
  • Cernunnos - July 16, 2009 12:02 p.m.

    practically impossible. lets just hope they give the prize to whoever is closest if noone is spot-on. even if you spot hundreds there could be some obscure crap thats not really possible to solve. i like the bleach one, and dead space, and half life and monkey ball and gears of war and... hell, theres just too many great ones. awesome contest, but totally evil.
  • infiniti101 - July 15, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    BZZZZZT... maximum brain capacity reached... BZZZZZT self destruct in 3... 2...
  • FinalGamer - July 14, 2009 11:54 p.m.

    I got about 57, a few I wasn't sure of and it took me maybe 25 minutes or so.
  • Firewarrior706 - July 14, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    Okay, I found 54 in about 10-15 mins and submitted but 1 may be wrong, I'll assume people are doing much better. Can't believe I didnt figure out the planet with the signs until now *facepalm* @Randomx1978: If that's the year you were born, I'm a fair bit younger than you, so you cant really be too young to remember xP
  • TheMasterOfBeingFirst - July 14, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    Yeah I really can't be bothered
  • Theonik - July 14, 2009 5:59 p.m.

    Could find the all, so far found about 40, not going to bother submitting my answers though...
  • Randomx1978 - July 14, 2009 4:48 p.m.

    been at it for about 40 mins, so far got 40 games, im too young to remember quite a few of them unfair lol. and well done to the numnut that pointed out the lost game to everyone..ahhhh well back to searching
  • Xplosive59 - July 14, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    argh brain malfunction!
  • helix92 - July 14, 2009 2:54 p.m.

    LOL! this will last me hours. I like the planet in the top right with a signpost showing the numbers from lost on it. 28 and still counting
  • Firewarrior706 - July 14, 2009 1:12 p.m.

    So far I have about 35.
  • GunsBlazing - July 14, 2009 12:14 p.m.

    Awesome, I spotted a load of them. Anyone notice the hill with the "keep quiet" sign? Some of these are great.
  • AIDSWIDGET - July 14, 2009 11:05 a.m.

    DUUUH! I IZZZ F1RST!!!!!
  • Cernunnos - July 16, 2009 1:10 p.m.

    the rules are poorly laid out as well. is it per game franchise, or outing? i se references to both FFVII and III. and more than one mario kart game. i also see 2 LBP. tho they count as two since they are so far apart? bah, im confused.
  • Firewarrior706 - July 16, 2009 10:37 a.m.

    @Random1978: Ah fair enough, but I'm still younger xP. 1995 ftw!
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - July 15, 2009 3:56 p.m.

    I gots 5. Then got bored. I reckon 360 gamers will have problems with the giant shoe on a stick though.
  • Randomx1978 - July 15, 2009 9:19 a.m.

    @Firewarrior706: lol unfortunately no it isnt, just a tag. i was born in 1992 my friend,so got quite a bit of catchin up game wise, fair amount in this pic are the oldschoool games, like that ship thing in the top left, i dont have a clue what that is :p
  • stroypa - July 14, 2009 6:11 p.m.

    this is hard. i thought about cheating and guessing a random number but then realised you had to name them aswell. its like trying to guess the number sweets in a jar and then name the flavours aswell
  • Conman93 - July 14, 2009 3:38 p.m.

  • AIDSWIDGET - July 14, 2009 11:12 a.m.

    Without looking very hard I could see hundreds! i could name about 15 :(

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