Treasure Hunt By Photos is a unique app that allows parents and children to play a scavenger hunt game with the help of an app. With up to 20 clues and secret codes that children must enter to move onto the next clue, this app puts a fun technological twist on the traditional scavenger hunt that is great for a rainy day indoors or a little outdoor fun.
Up to 20 clues
Easy to use
2 Theme options
Treasure Hunt By Photos is a very easy to use app once you understand the concept and it is one that will keep children active as they search for their next clue. The actual user interface is quite simple, with two theme options (coins or eggs) and easy to use tap, drag, and drop technology to help children move through the app. At first glance it is unclear on what needs to be done in the app to move forward and the information button is almost hidden at the bottom of the screen. Making that option a bit more obvious as well as polishing the graphics in the themes would definitely increase the quality of this app overall.
The idea behind this app is to make children use their problem solving skills to identify each clue so they can find the code (hidden with the clue) in order to unlock the next one. Children will be provided with pictures that the other player or parent has loaded onto the device and app that signify where the codes are hidden. As children view the picture/clue (or a portion of the image) they will need to figure out what it is and locate the number that will unlock the next clue. If done strategically enough, this game could become quite a challenge for children as they use their problem solving and logical skills to the test.
What I love about this app is that it is not one that can be used simply sitting down with the device. It actually requires players to go in search of the next clue. This idea of combining physical activity and technology is great and this app is a fun way for children to challenge themselves. This is certainly a game the whole family can play. One thing that is a little disappointing is that you can only set up one scavenger hunt at a time. Adding a multiple game option and a reward system with different stickers or other rewards would be ideal and would definitely add more entertainment value to the app.
Priced at just under a dollar, this isn’t an app that will break the bank. With the limited themes and options included in this app, it might be better suited as a free app with a paid version that offers multiple scavenger hunt options, a reward system, and some extras that would enhance the overall value of the app.
At first glance it isn’t very clear what needs to happen in this app and might be challenging for children to use. There are instructions included however they are a bit hidden in a small button on the bottom of the main screen labeled with a question mark. Making this a bit more visible would help children navigate through the app. The answer key (with all of the codes for each clue) is automatically stored in the photos on the device, however making it an automatic password protected option within the app is ideal.