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Curiosity Uncovered: We discover what's in the cube

Reporting live from Molyneux's App Store experiment

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Posted at 17:09 on 9th January

Could we be waiting another TEN MONTHS to discover what's in the cube?

CVG reader Corey Theiss (AKA @monkeyboson) says so. He's just emailed to say he's been analysing the packets of data flying between his phone and the Curiosity servers. Having crunched the numbers over at curiosity-meter.appspot.com, he has figured out that current layer has 14.2 per cent fewer Cubelets than the first layer. Take the average Cubelet destruction rate of 2,559 per second and you've got another ten months of tapping ahead.

He does point out, however, that developer 22cans could simply decide to make any future layer the 'last', ending the experiment much more quickly. Thanks Corey!


Posted at 11:57 on 9th January

A Minecraft fan writes:

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For those of you still paying attention, Curiosity players have now removed 151 layers and there are 85,284,534 Cubelets remaining on the current layer, which looks like this - a series of photos of a paper light shade:

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Posted at 16:04 on 4th January

What has happened since our last update three weeks ago? We celebrated the birth of our lord Jesus Christ, but more importantly we saw a new issue of the potentially award-winning iPad games magazine iGamer too. You really should have a look.

And on the cube? Well, not a great deal has happened, and that's why there's been a decline in active users, according to the statistics.

Compare the stats we posted here on December 14th (that's 21 days and two hours ago) and we can see that:

- The 'number of users active in the last 24 hours' graph has dropped from just over 200,000 to 150,000, and is in decline
- The fluctuating 'Number of users currently active on cube' graph was peaking at between 10-14,000. It is now reaching 6-7,000 at its height
- Total Cubelets destroyed has, of course, risen from around 8 billion to 12 billion
- Average Cubelets destroyed per day per user has remained around the 1,000 mark

Screengrabs of the various graphs are below, and further down there's a peek at what's on the current layer.

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On the Cube right now - a dude gurning:

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The current cube age (that is, days it's been live) is 59. Curiosity players have now removed 142 layers. Here's another pic of the current layer, a rather more contemplative one:

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Posted at 14:18 on 14th December

Amazing news - someone, somewhere is tapping out a gigantic CVG on the cube:

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And zoomed out for scale:

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Whoever is doing this: Well done.


Posted at 13:22 on 13th December

Seriously, DO NOT mess around with Tony's line, okay?

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It's been a while since I saw an impressively large wang being drawn on the surface of the cube. At least I think this is a penis-in-progress; It might just be one of The Muppets done really badly:

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Posted at 17:24 on 12th December

The latest layer has revealed a set of photographs of footprints on what might well be a beach of some sort(?):

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There are now 11,905,504 Cubelets remaining on this layer, and we're still on a total of 92 layers removed.

That means Curiosity players have tapped 57,156,075 since we last checked in around five hours and ten minutes ago.


Posted at 12:20 on 12th December

Here's the cube right now, complete with Curiosity 2.0's new light shard effect, which shows players where other people are tapping:

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Stats update:

Cube age: 36
Layers removed: 92
Cubelets remaining on current layer: 69,061,579

At 08:44 this morning it looked like this:

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At 22:37 last night we could see a shade of bright yellow-lime being tapped away:

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And earlier at 20:35 last night it looked much cleaner:

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Posted at 17:48 on 11th December

GRAPHS. That's what 22cans has added to the new, improved Curiosity. Here, you can see the thrilling data on all sorts of things, including a breakdown of total players by country, how quickly each layer was destroyed and the average time it takes to destroy a layer. Click the screen to see the pretty patterns in greater detail.

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STATISTICS

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GRAPHS

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INFORMATION

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AND SO ON

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Posted at 12:01 on 11th December

Some big changes have gone live on the cube after today's update.

From a distance, you can see where other people are tapping through these shards of light:

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Zoom right down onto the surface and the real-time effects are much, much better - you can see the other cubes disappearing before your eyes, and there are several changes in the game's shop, too.

Most notably there's the addition of Draw, Badger, Golden Badger, Statistics Plus, Bundles and Godus buttons. Head into Bundles and you can unlock Draw, Badger and Golden Badger for £1.49.

Draw allows you to, erm, draw onto Cubelets to highlight them in green:

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Then with one tap of the draw button in the bottom right, they're gone:

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The 'Badger' upgrade lets loose one of the aforementioned animals to smash about the place within areas that have already been tapped away:

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Buying the bundle for £1.49 also unlocks the chance to find one of 1,000 'golden badgers' hidden on each layer of the cube:

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You can also unlock Statistics Plus for 69p (More on that in a moment), and finally the new Godus button takes you to 22cans' Kickstarter.


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