Creating a Treasure Hunt game!
Thinking of creating a Treasure Hunt game?
That's a great idea ! Here are some good tips and pointers that will help you make it the best experience both for you and your kids.
Don't just use riddles as clues. Clues can be much more diversified and interesting. We use many different puzzle types, so each clue in the game is a completely different type of puzzle. If you are making a game yourself, you can find ideas under our 'free ideas' section. We for instance, use some word-game puzzles, along with puzzles you need to tilt, fold or cut with scissors in order to fold. Try to make the clues colorful and fun.
The purpose of the Treasure Hunt game is mainly entertainment. It includes a lot of puzzles and riddles which may be brain teasing, but must not be too hard, because most of the enjoyment in the game comes from the excitement of finding the clues, solving them and finding the treasure. It is sometimes a good practice to make the puzzles a little "on the easy side". You don't want anyone to feel frustrated with a hard puzzle.
Choosing hide locations
The game we offer on this site is adapted for playing in your home and backyard. Try to make sure that the hints are quite spread-out, so there is a little running involved. Also, some of the hint locations that we offer are intentionally a little ambiguous, like "a show" which will send the kids looking for the hint in any shoe in the house. The search itself is also a lot of fun.
Using our form to create your game
Below is a screenshot showing our online form for creating your Treasure Hunt game:
The status area
In this area you can see the status of your game. Each time you click "save and check" at the bottom of the form, your selections are saved and the status shows whether you still need to select or fix anything. When it's all green, you can proceed to download your file.
Selecting the theme for your game
When you select a theme (from the drop-down menu) you select the graphical background which will be printed on all pages of your game. Also, when the game is generated, the 'fun facts' area in each page will include a new fun fact (interesting anecdote) about the subject of the theme.
Selecting the age-group
Make sure to select the correct age-group for your kids. This will help our algorithm find the most suited puzzle for your kids.
Selecting the number of clues
You can choose between 2 and 6 clues in each game. This of course will affect the length and duration of the game. The pricing is the same, no matter how many clues you set up.
Selecting the hide locations
Select the locations for the clues and for the treasure. Make sure the clues are spread-out enough in the house.
Writing a treasure message
When your kids find the treasure, this note will be waiting there. You can customize it using your own words. Just click on the page preview to write your message.