Guess How: The WikiHow Illustration Game

The WikiHow Illustration Game [official site] has interrupted my workflow this morning and I think the only way I can recover is by sharing it with as many people as possible. If everyone else is playing it, I can enjoy watching their bewildered reactions rather than shouting exclamations of shock, joy and confusion to myself.

WikiHow illustrations are odd. Taken out of context they’re extremely odd. The game shows you an illustration and then you have to pick between four articles that it might have been pulled from. In ten minutes of playing, I laughed more than I have at the entire career of several high-profile comedians.

I’d foolishly assumed the pictures and possible choices were randomised at first but while the questions you’ll see are picked randomly from a large pool, the overall selection is curated. That makes sense. So many of the possible answers are effective punchlines and the weird nature of the original articles means it’s not always easy to get the answers right.

I’ve been following up on some of the answers by reading the WikiHow page in question. How could I possibly restrain myself when I can learn how to act like Sonic the Hedgehog right now? Here are just some of the tips and warnings:

Now, for the actual acting. You need to create an “image”. Try to be calm, but confident. Always be a role model. Be keen to give advice and help others. Be sure to admit your mistakes.


Don’t assume a swaggering, daunting personality. Sonic is a proud, stubborn hedgehog, but don’t be so inconsiderate in real life.
Don’t attempt any stunts performed by Sonic the Hedgehog seen in the video games, television shows, comic books, etc., as they can lead to the physical injury of yourself or others.

And how do we act like the Doctor from Doctor Who?

Learn different languages. The TARDIS does this for him, but you don’t have one

Best learn how to travel through time and space under your own power as well because the TARDIS does that for him too, as far as I’m aware. You don’t need to explore time and space at all though. As long as you apply electric shocks to people from time to time, or simply knock a few idiots out, you’re well on your way to that doctorate.

The Doctor tries not use harmful weapons, the most deadly thing he usually does is to use his sonic screwdriver on them (of course, his reputation helps a little). No killing required, by all means give them an electric shock and knock them out but don’t harm them. If you feel you may get in a fight, try to talk your way out of it. With practice, you should be able to thwart someone simply by talking to them.

With practice, you should also be able to answer every single one of these WikiHow questions correctly. It’s a user manual for life and it is very important that you know how to do all of these things. Flatulating discreetly, for instance.

Quickly head to the Jacuzzi. Here you can fart unnoticed because of the bubbles that are already there.

Nailed it.

Play the game and let us know if you learn how to make compost for houseplants, freeze avocados, or to be mysteriously flexible when keeping in contact with friends and lovers


  1. Lakshmi says:

    Is there any incentive to get things right? All I’ve done is laugh at the titles of the WikiHow articles, which I guess is a great outcome by itself.

  2. Spacewalk says:

    All my first guesses end up being correct. All the choices that I’ll eventually settle on instead end up being wrong. I am vexed completely.

  3. Dorga says:

    Well now I know how to cope with my sex phone calls being eavesdropped without me knowing it.

  4. Ben King says:

    Not to brag, but I’ve got like an 81% average, and I’m not laughing at this game- I’m skilled at this game.

    • abr0 says:

      “How to be good at The WikiHow Illustration Game” – by Ben King

  5. Rizlar says:

    Fun story: when I was a little kid I broke my collarbone trying to recreate Sonic the Hedgehog’s spin. So at least some of the advice is accurate.

  6. icarussc says:

    I had to come back to this article just to share this gem:

    To be invisible, you must not be seen or heard in a way that would distinguish you as you. Remember that forest with that tree that falls with no one around to hear it fall? You know, the one that ends with this question: If there is no one there to hear the tree fall, does it make a sound? Yes, the tree does make a sound. Why, because if you were there – you would hear it and you would say, “wow that was loud.” Regardless of your presence or your perception of reality, the tree will always make the sound. The real question is do we define the word “sound” and associating that to our hearing. When in fact, the falling of the tree creates a noise as a fact regardless of the way we perceive definitions. This is another concept of invisibility. Both the theory and the tree remain elusive and thus invisible. You want to be that tree.

    … that’s from ‘How to be Stealthy Like a Ninja.’ Non-stop giggling probably isn’t making me any stealthier.