What is your story?

To make a theme for a treasure hunt, there is no better source of tales than the ones that already exist nearby. Perhaps in the past there used to be a monastery nearby - it isn't there any more because all their treasure went missing. There is always a mystery, a fascinating story or a…

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Treasure Hunt Presenter Kenneth Kendall dies aged 88

The front man and anchor of the Channel 4 series, Treasure Hunt, died today in hospital on his home island of the Isle of Wight. He had a stroke a few weeks ago and didn't recover. After life as a news reader he presented Treasure Hunt, aided in the studio by Wincey Willis and guiding the…

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Neighbours Scavenger Hunt

Today on Neighbours we saw Callum and Sophie taking part in a Scavenger Hunt. This derivation of a treasure hunt involves collecting objects in order to win a prize. The tasks will normally involve either resources that are naturally abundant, such as the leaf from a certain tree and a product from…

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Alternate Reality Games

There is something going on…

...but you can't put your finger on it. That might be because you've stumbled across an Alternate Reality Game. This is an immersive real life (transmedia) game controlled by a game designer featuring real characters, a multitude of platforms i.e. computers, texts, conferences, newspaper…

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Geocaching – GPS Treasure finding

As technology continues to improve at an exponential rate, tech to take part in treasure hunt activities using gadgets and gizmos is becoming more and more accessible. Around the world there is a hidden network of over a million boxes with treasure concealed within. They can be found using…

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Lego Loves Treasure Hunts

The Lego brand have invested heavily in the mechanism of treasure and treasure hunts to capture the imaginations of their customers. Using a wide variety of themes, Indiana Jones, Greek Mythology, Pirates, Pirates of the Caribbean, Treasure Island they host a huge variety of models. They…

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Treasure Hunts have Grown Up

It would be easy to think that children dominate the world of treasure hunting but they don't by any means. Team building companies commercially use treasure hunts as a very popular core service for adults. Take a look on any team building company's website and you'll see that most of their…

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Treasure Hunts in Video Games

If you failed to notice the phenomenon that is Tomb Raider, then these words are wasted on you. The treasure hunt themed Tomb Raider was a computer game so popular, that generated it’s own movie franchise. Lara Croft is the Guinness Book Of World Records official Most Successful Human Videogame…

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Treasure Hunts in Books

The earliest appearance of treasure hunting is in Robert Louis Stevenson's  Treasure Island. Published in 1883, it was the first time that the concept of treasure maps, hidden pirate's gold and x marks the spot appeared in the public domain. More recently, Dan Brown has been assaulting our…

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Treasure Hunts on TV

Channel 4 were hugely influential in the production of puzzle, challenge and reward based programming starting with The Crystal Maze. Teams raced around different zones, solving puzzles to release a crystal within a time limit. If they failed then the individual attempting the puzzle would be…

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Treasure Hunt in Films

Treasure hunts appear in film a lot more than you would initially imagine. Starting with Jason’s search for the Golden Fleece, which is an early example of how a series of mostly physical challenges and puzzles leading to the final treasure. Then we witness Humphrey Bogart recovering the…

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Heinrich Schleimann

A Brief History Of Treasure Hunting

The definition of treasure hunting nowadays has evolved from archaeological digging up of lost treasure to solving a series of puzzles to reveal a final answer or reward. There is a cult activity in Seattle called The Game that is a treasure hunt but has no treasure at all - the winners, who are…

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