Treasure Hunt Riddles


Joker's Mask Representing Treasure Hunt RiddlesSo what ARE those things that we need to solve to before moving on to the next stage of a treasure hunt? Do a quick Internet search and you will see them referred to as riddles, puzzles, clues and more. We like to say ‘Treasure Hunt Riddles’ and that appears to be a very commonly search for term in Google but there is obviously no consensus out there.

Riddles are Puzzles

The previous statement may sound like a bit of a riddle itself. The thing is though, that riddles are actually types of puzzles. Wikipedia places riddles in the puzzle hierarchy under ‘Guessing Games’ which is one of seven main puzzle types listed there. The common theme is that they are all things that are difficult to understand.

Riddles are puzzles that have a deeper, hidden meaning and can be either statements or questions. They always have a solution or answer which is unusual for statements. Although many riddles rhyme, this is not a requirement.

Going further down the pecking order, riddles can be either enigmas (requiring logic) or conundra (based on puns).

Clues do not fit into the puzzle hierarchy with riddles, enigma and conundra. They can be described as information or a thing that helps to understand or find something else. Despite being almost antonyms for puzzles, clues do seem to fit in this context. The trick is to think of ‘Treasure Hunt Riddles’ as keeping the treasure hidden whereas ‘Treasure Hunt Clues’ help you to find the treasure which is hidden physically in some great hiding spot.

Now that we understand a little more about the terminology here, take a look at Riddles and Answers for some tips on how to find lots of treasure hunt riddles that you can use in your own treasure hunts.

Treasure Hunt Directory

Online Treasure Hunts

Treasure Hunt Generators

Riddles and Answers

SMS and Text Treasure Hunts

  • Do It Yourself

  • Preset

Geocaching Websites

Large Scale Treasure Hunts

Unclaimed Property Treasure Hunts

Bachelorette/Hens Treasure Hunts

Bachelor/Bucks Treasure Hunts

Treasure Hunt Tips

Team Building/Corporate Event Treasure Hunts

Treasure Hunt Gambling


Treasure Hunt Ideas

The explosive adoption of mobile phones has been the trigger for lots of great treasure hunt ideas. Participants can either call or SMS an organizer with solutions to receive the next riddle.

Treasure Trails in the UK encourage families to get out and see the sites by allowing participants to download treasure hunts to their smart phones as an alternative to printing them out.

Brothers Andrew and Stephen Canis have implemented one of their best treasure hunt ideas as TextClues. Organisers can use their service to design whole treasure hunts without having to prepare and hide paper versions of their riddles. Participants receive riddles via SMS and can submit their solutions by replying.

DreamWalk provide Australian companies looking to promote their business with the opportunity to create treasure hunts that their customers can complete with a good set of walking shoes and a smart phone.

By adding 2D barcodes into the mix, ClassTools provide yet another technology enhanced treasure hunt. Organizers can design their games and then generate barcodes that they can hide in various locations. Participants use their smart phones to scan the barcodes to reveal riddles.

Geocaching is another case where technology has made its mark on the treasure hunt. Here participants use GPS receivers to locate caches hidden by other players.

Carlton Books used an interesting mix of on- and offline technologies with The Great Global Treasure Hunt on Google Earth where participants were required to solve riddles in a physical book to identify locations in Google Earth.

The World’s Greatest Treasure Hunt also uses a book but has the creative addition leading participants to sponsors websites – all in the name of charity.

Businesses can have Cash Treasure Hunt send traffic to their website. Participants go there because that is the location of the next riddle. They can win cash prizes funded presumably by affiliate marketing income that the site earns.

Let us know about any treasure hunt ideas that you have so that we can share them with the rest of the community!

Treasure Hunt Rules

Treasure Hunt RulesParticipants in a treasure hunt work individually, in teams or as a group to find a treasure. It is usually of some value to the participants and can range from chocolate treats to a large cash prize. The treasure can be hidden indoors, outdoors in the local neighborhood or even in another country. A series of riddles or clues is provided to aid participants in their search. Solving each riddle uncovers the location of the next with the exception of the last which leads to the treasure.

What is the difference between a treasure hunt and a scavenger hunt?

Many people confuse these two very popular games. While they do have similarities – they both involve finding something – they are very distinct.

Explanations of the differences will tend to focus on the value of the items to be found. Treasure sounds like it should be something valuable while a scavenger might be searching for items that others have discarded.

Alternatively, the number of items that are to be found is highlighted. A scavenger hunt is based on a list of items whereas there is only one treasure.

We feel that Laureen Brunelli is closest to the mark in her article Scavenger or Treasure Hunts for Kids.

A treasure hunt is when a series of clues leads kids to a “treasure.” … A scavenger hunt, on the other hand, is a search for a list of items.

Zach  Lazzari also has some good stuff in Treasure vs. Scavenger Hunts.

The key is that treasure hunt riddles form a sequence that lead to a treasure. Each riddle must be solved in turn to make any progress. A scavenger hunt has no such restriction with participants being free to cross items off their lists in the order that is most convenient.