We write custom treasure hunts, puzzle trails and games for all purposes. So far these have been used for:
- Community projects
- Marketing activity
- Venue enhancement
- Conference and trade exhibition activity
- Private games and parties
- TV productions
- A successful World Record attempt
We'd love to consult with you on the logistics, practicalities and creative elements that go into producing a treasure hunt activity, whether it is for a fixed venue, festival or one-off occasion.
Keepmoat Homes and Zoe Chamberlain 2015-2016
We are proud to have been commissioned by Zoe Chamberlain, a renowned public artist, to develop a series of three original community treasure hunt trails for villages around Cambridge.The brief was to create something which will help new and established local residents to explore their neighbourhood, learn something new and bring people together. In 2015 and 2016 we created a series of titles with prizes sponsored by local business and amenities.
The project was funded by Keepmoat Homes and Cambridge City Council. The prize competition for Barnwell ran until October 2015, and the Cherry Hinton and Chesterton competitions are live until later in 2016.
Playmobil Super 4 in London
To tie in with the launch of the Super 4 play characters based upon the animated TV series in October 2015, we were commissioned by Playmobil's UK PR and communications agency to create four original puzzle trails in central London, suitable for ages 5 to 11. The puzzle trails needed to follow brand guidelines, and were carefully constructed and tested to appeal to the target demographic. Importantly for Playmobil, the trails needed to lead the families taking part to their partner retailer in London, Hamley's on Regent Street, to claim their prize.
The campaign was augmented via social media and the addition of four gold-plated figures to be 'found' by lucky winners on secret dates in the run-up to Christmas 2015.
Immersive themed Dr Who Adventure trail, June 2015
In one of our most entertaining private commissions to date, we were asked at short notice to create an immersive treasure hunt trail for a father and daughter team visiting the UK from the USA for a very special occasion. Our trail began at Heathrow airport and took the couple from central London via the Summer Solstice festival at Stonehenge to visit real daleks at a secret location in Wiltshire. They then travelled on to get involved in graffiti art in Bristol, and concluded their adventure at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff. The Discovery Games team featured our core team of event staff plus five actors and a friendly London cab driver who was in on the secret.
Discovery Games was approached to create a puzzle trail for families as part of North-East London's Hidden River Festival in September 2013. This event celebrated the 400th anniversary of the opening of the New River, a man-made water conduit bringing clean water from Hertfordshire to London, which still functions today! Our family-oriented activity booklet encourages groups to explore a length of the New River Path from Finsbury Park to Stoke Newington, spotting wildlife and solving a mystery from clues found along the way.
Suitable for families and small groups with children ages 7 and above.
More information here.
For free copies of this trail please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Last Cudham Dragon
At Cudham Shaws in Kent, a well known favourite Girl Guide camp set in ancient woodland, the owners wanted to introduce a trail-based set of activities for visiting groups to be able to use all year round.
We created a set of four fun clue-hunting games using plaques set round the site, encouraging the children and young adults (aged 5-105) to participate in age-appropriate races and exploration.
Games embrace skills and topics as diverse as orienteering and map reading, number skills, reading, groupwork, leadership, problem-solving and basic programming logic!
Secrets and Treasures of Muswell Hill
In 2012 Muswell Hill Traders Group ran a prize treasure hunt encouraging participants to visit local stores, community and historic venues around Muswell Hill. We built them a game based on a smartphone app. Clues were found in six categories from Food and Drink to History and Community in Muswell Hill. The app featured archive photography of old Muswell Hill from the early 20th century, and was GPS driven so that clues and photos popped up in relevant locations.
We also designed a plaque-based children's clue hunt called 'Find Teddy Boris!' with the chance for children to win a lovable cuddly bear.