Best of 2020 Stage 1: RouteChoiceGame

Stage description

You’ll see one leg at a time. You have to decide if the left or right route choice is the SHORTEST (not fastest!), as quickly as possible.

Recommended device

Any – desktop computer, laptop, tablet, phone.

Details was created by Tuomo Mäkelä. You will need to register, and we recommend that you play some warm-up games before playing the actual stage.

The image below shows how to try the demonstration games.


At the end you’ll get a score, based on a combination of:

  • how often you chose the shortest route
  • the % difference between your route and the shortest route
  • how long you took to choose your routes

If you want to know the details:

  • Maximum points from one control is 1.00.
  • You can get 0.70 points from correct answer and 0.30 from time.
  • If answer is correct, then points are 0.70. If answer is wrong and difference between route choices is 5 %, points are 0.00 and if difference is 10 %, then points are -0.70 and so on.
  • If time is 0 s, then points are 0.30 and if time is 5 s, then points are 0.00, but maximum minus points from time are -0.30, which happens if time is 15 s or more.


You can play some warm-up games on before moving on to the main competition. Just hit one of the play buttons as shown in red below. The more times you play the more interesting types of routechoices you ‘unlock’.

Ready to compete?

Fair play: To make it a fair competition, you must only do the stage once – your first go is the one that counts!

There’ll be 30 legs in total. For each leg, choose the route that you think is shortest – left or right.

You need to be quick!

When you’re ready to play:

  1. Go to the competition page.
  2. Select Play competition with code.
  3. Enter the code QTQVVE and select Play.
  4. Submit your score – the number highlighted below – via our results website.

If you have problems logging in to the website, contact us.

You MUST complete this stage AND submit your score by 23:59 UK Time on Wednesday 29th December.

Submitting your score makes our lives easier and means that we can produce the overall results more quickly 🙂


Big thanks to our sponsors:

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