Of course, these are no ordinary tests and require a great deal of pop culture knowledge to crack.
Working from a script by Cline and veteran comic book adapter Zak Penn, and using a unique combination of live action and digital filmmaking, Spielberg immerses us in this world.
After the creator died, an announcement of his virtual self was spread to the world.
But can this nice, geeky guy figure out each clue and collect all the keys? The first person to collect the keys are given a dense fortune and ownership of the OASIS.
The offer's irresistible to gamers like Wade and competing tech CEO Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), who deploys an army of searchers so he can turn the Oasis into ad space ("We can sell up to 80 percent of a user's visual field before inducing seizures"). Your character can interact with anyone and anything in this virtual universe.
The soundtrack is huge fun, and anything playing a fight scene to New Order has a thumbs up in my book.
This is the OASIS. They're so distractingly bad that all you notice are the flaws.
"Ready Player One" takes place in Columbus, Ohio during the year 2045.
Remember the first time you saw "Jurassic Park" and Doctor Grant grabbed Ellie's head as she was rambling in a truck to face a brontosaurus reaching for leaves and branches in a tall tree while John Williams' legendary score played?
It's all set against the backdrop of a real-world struck by global warming and overpopulation - with Oasis providing people with a means of escape. But I can confirm that I was wrong. I was completely mesmerized by the CGI.
For all his mastery of technique, the stakes feel diminished when the bulk of his movie too closely resembles a video game.
One problem I wish was addressed in the film was how the transition from today's society to a dead-beat and miserable future was shaped. James Halliday is the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS - where almost every human endeavour takes place in the year 2045.
Little questions about the background of what the near future came to be struck my mind here and there.
Wade's virtual alter ego is Parzival, whose name refers to a questing Arthurian knight and whose bland human avatar looks as if he's been resurrected from a middling late-'90s video game.
In terms of narrative and movement of the plot, I was satisfied.
As niche as these references and characters might sound to some people, there is no denying that pop culture has formed or shaped your imagination in one way or another.
Taking a more optimistic view of the situation, Carl's Jr. chose to focus on Spielberg saying the burgers taste "pretty good".
"Life will find a way". Trust me when I say, it shows. But heed this advice: You'll need more than just one basket to collect all those eggs. One, stay at home and spare us your whining; no one's forcing you to see this.
He's been rather quieter when it comes to big, crowd pleasing blockbusters.
Spielberg makes an absolute pig of himself here. Be it Kaneda's bike from Akira, the original King Kong, The Shining or even Mechagodzilla, the film wastes no pop culture reference it actively employs with every single one of them and their players getting their time to shine.
Watching or reading Ready Player One is a lot like trying to get to the center of the world's largest Matryoshka nesting doll of easter eggs.