There are many websites where treasure hunt organizers can find ready made riddles and answers. There are so many in fact, that the choice can be a little overwhelming. Some up front planning can save a lot of time wading though pages of riddles that aren’t really suitable.
We will link off to some riddle lists at the end of this post but here are some of the points that you should consider before you go there.
- Cost – We don’t know of any simple riddle lists that charge for access but you might still want to consider trading off a little cash to save some time. Treasure hunt generators such as RiddleMe.com are really worth a look if your end goal is to create a treasure hunt.
- Format – You will frequently find that site authors will make you work for the riddles – even if it is just to click on a link to expose the answer. This is all well and good if you are just poking around trying to solve the odd riddle but if you need to collect a heap of them – quickly! Then this can become a real hinderance.
- Number of Riddles – You can waste a lot of time clicking through sites that only have two or three riddles. Ideally, you want one huge list all on the one site.
- Quality – You might think that there is no good, objective means of evaluating riddles… well what do you think of this?
Contribute a single riddle and gain access to our list of riddles. For free! We collect all those single riddles and add them to our ever-growing list of riddles. We also keep count of how often each one is selected for download and use that as a measure of how good it is. You can use this to sort the good ones to the top.
- License – This is especially important if you are going to be using the riddles publicly or commercially. There are many sources that use a Creative Commons license which usually allows you to do whatever you would like with the riddles as long as you credit the source.
- Age of the Players – You will need to take the age of your players into consideration. On the one hand, you do not want to be using riddles that are either too easy or hard for the age group and on the other, you should not be using inappropriate content for children.
- Interests of the Players – If you can assume a certain base level of knowledge about a subject, riddles and answers that are related could be more interesting for the players.
- Time Available for the Treasure Hunt – This one is going to be a really tricky issue for anyone organizing a treasure hunt on a tight schedule. There is just know way of predicting how long it will take players to solve riddles. Some sources group riddles by difficulty but you might also like to do some testing with people who are not going to be taking part in the treasure hunt.
- Occasion – Finding riddles to fit an occaision (birthday, Valentines day, etc) can add that extra something to your hunt. Some sources specialize in specific occasions while others will categorize them this way.
- Location of the Treasure Hunt – If you would like to incorporate landmarks in the area that you will be holding your treasure hunt, you will probably want to be able to search by keywords such as ‘fountain’ and ‘bedroom’ for example.
- Mode of Transport – Think about whether players will be on foot or in their cars. Will this influence the riddles and answers that you will use?