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Subject: Old video game involving a music video of Backstreet Boys
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: jim2003-ga
List Price: $75.00
Posted: 16 Sep 2006 17:37 PDT
Expires: 16 Oct 2006 17:37 PDT
Question ID: 765948
Sometime around 2000, a Wall Street Journal article wrote about a
fascinating video game based on a music video by the backstreet boys.
It divided the screen into roughly 16 or 20 squares; served up the
video into the screen with the position and orientation (0, 90, 180,
or 270 degrees) both randomly scrambled. While listening to the music,
you would drag and drop and rotate the  16 to 20 cells in an attempt
to put the video into correct viewable sequence. I played it for
hours, and about a week later my golf game started to improve
dramatically. I credit it to becoming aware of my own body parts in a
3D space as a direct result from playing this game. Can anyone find
the game and the author of the software that drives it?
Subject: Re: Old video game involving a music video of Backstreet Boys
Answered By: umiat-ga on 16 Sep 2006 18:35 PDT
Hello, jim2003-ga! 

 I believe you are remembering "The Backstreet Boys Puzzles in
Motion." It is currently discontinued but I have located some copies
for purchase on

See this description from the Moby Games website:

Backstreet Boys: Puzzles In Motion

Published By Ravensburger Interactive Media GmbH
Developed By Haemimont Games AD, Learning Technologies Interactive
Released May, 1999

Windows, Windows 3.x 

"Did you ever puzzle a video? Just imagine a Backstreet Boys music
video that has been cut into little square pieces. The individual
squares have been scrambled, rotated or even mirrored. How quickly can
you put the video back together? How well do you recognize the music
clips with A.J., Brian, Howie D., Kevin and Nick? Test your puzzle and
musical skills at the same time! If you succeed in solving the 12
clips on one level you're ready to tackle the 13th tricky video

CD-Rom contains clips from some of the most popular Backstreet Boys
music videos and the original songs:

We've Got It Goin' On 
Anywhere For You 
I'll Never Break Your Heart 
Everybody (Backstreet's Back) 
All I Have To Give 
I Wanna Be With You

3 puzzle variations with 3 levels of difficulty offer a total of 117
playing options.


Here is a New York Times article about the puzzle:

"GAME THEORY; Solving a Video Puzzle Is a Movable Feat," By J. C.
HERZ. New York Times. Published: October 14, 1999


"The Backstreet Boys Puzzles in Motion CD-ROM -- I love it. It's
fantastic. It's (I can't believe I'm saying this) a really elegant
piece of interactive media. It's sophisticated, intellectually
challenging, even (God help me) classic."

"The concept is deceptively simple: take a video clip and divide it
into square pieces. Shuffle the pieces. The player shifts them around
to reassemble the video image."

"That is more challenging than it sounds, for a few reasons. First of
all, each piece is itself a moving image. It's impossible to align
adjoining contours because every area of the picture changes from one
moment to the next."

"So you can't work from an understanding of the still image (trying to
solve the puzzle as you would a static jigsaw will actually impede
your progress). You have to formulate some separate understanding of
how a moving image fractures."

"Also, on higher difficulty levels the pieces are not only shuffled
but also rotated or flipped. So you have to move them around and
figure out whether they're upside down or inverted laterally or
vertically. It's a four-dimensional jigsaw puzzle whose colors and
shapes are always shifting, which is pretty innovative as these things

"Now, you might argue that the video image itself is arbitrary. The
Backstreet Boys were a good choice for commercial reasons, but the
designers could just as easily have used a piece of avant-garde
performance art and the puzzle would have worked equally well."

"You would be wrong. Oddly enough, there is something about Backstreet
Boys music videos that accentuates the puzzle-solving experience."

Read further...... 

Backstreet Boys Puzzles in Motion, published by Ravensburger; CD-ROM
for Mac and Windows 95 and 98; $29.95; for all ages.


Also read:

"Ravensburger and Determined to Release ``Backstreet Boys: Puzzles in
Motion,'' First in a Series of Interactive CD-ROM Titles; Next Up -
``'N Sync: Puzzles in Motion.'' Business Wire,  August 2, 1999


Amazon currently has 3 copies available from $17.99

Puzzles in Motion: Backstreet Boys


Have fun with this!



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