Review: Microsoft Treasure Hunt
At a Glance
|This game is recommended!
This game is not just good fun, it also stays fairly true to Christian moral values, making it a great addition to anyone's library!
|ESRB Rating:||E - Everyone|
|Genre:||Puzzle / Adventure|
|Review Published On:||September 27, 2017|
Your progress is automatically saved whenever you quit. There's also no need for a pause function, as the game doesn't advance until you move.
It's fairly minor, but hidden traps can hurt your character, and you can defeat monsters with a bow and arrow. The latter functions more like a locked door than an actual antagonist, however.
Now there's a reason to click through those many dangerous squares -- treasure lies among the rocks, just waiting for your adventurer to run over and collect it! But, this wouldn't be much of an adventure without some peril. Hidden in the walls of the dungeons are various traps you'll need to avoid. The trick to doing this lies on the floor -- just like in the original Minesweeper, spaces display a number indicating how many traps are in the adjacent spaces. Places where no numbers appear harbor no dangers, while a one or more indicates that there's a trap nearby. By watching for patterns in these numbers, you can work your way around the traps, collect the treasure, and continue deeper within the caverns.
Making things more interesting, there are now various powerups for you to use. Map fragments can be used to show where nearby traps are located. Pickaxes and dynamite allow you to smash through walls, and arrows provide you with a way to defeat the monsters lurking in the depths. At the end of some levels, you'll also encounter a mummy shopkeeper. They'll trade powerups for some of your loot, but beware: the shops aren't found that often.
Eventually, your adventurer will trip one trap too many, and collapse on the ground. Your game is over, and your high score is recorded. There is no end to this journey; the only real goal is to see how far you can go and how much booty you can gather.
Ultimately, this is an okay game. It's a big improvement on the original Minesweeper concept, but there isn't much in the way of staying power. Still, it can't hurt to give it a whirl.
Points of Interest
On the other hand, there is no option to purchase an ad-free version of the game.
Concerns and Issues
There are also various monsters in the cavern. To defeat them, you move into their space with an arrow in your inventory. Your adventurer will draw a bow and shoot them with that arrow. In effect, this reduces the monsters to a type of locked door -- one you open by shooting it with an arrow instead of inserting a key.