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4.3 out of 5 stars
The Great Global Treasure Hunt on Google Earth
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2011
Being old enough to remember trying to solve Masquerade and the Cadbury's Creme Egg Hunt, I awaited the publication of the Global Treasure Hunt with great anticipation. The puzzles are very challenging, and one month in, I have no idea of the solution, but I'll keep on trying. If you attempt this puzzle, if nothing else, you'll become an expert Google Earth technician.
The book consists of 14 original colour illustrations by John Lucas, each one packed with obscure visual clues, most with a page of supporting text, designed to guide you to the treasure.
I have two criticisms. Firstly, I think that there is almost too much information, making it difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. I suspect that the vast majority of treasure hunters will fall by the wayside long before the April 2012 deadline. And secondly, some of the detail of the illustrations is lost in the mediocre print quality. You literally need a magnifying glass for some of the clues, and information is lost in the fuzzy print. Maybe the coffee table de-luxe version has better print quality?
In summary, GGTH is innovative and a long-overdue addition to the genre, but it lacks the beauty, elegance and visual simplicity of Masquerade.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2011
Following purchase I have attempted to decipher the clues in the book, but it is somewhat convoluted and tricky to read.
Perseverance would seem to be the key, but it is still going to be hard.
I may yet get a sudden insight, but can't see it yet.
This book and its puzzles are really intriguing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2011
This book is intriguing and very difficult to put down, if you like lateral thinking and visual puzzles, brain teasers and frustrating treasure hunts - this is the perfect book to go on your Christmas list - interactive options of Facebook and Twitter penned by the author himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2011
I bought this for my boyfriend and he has not stopped talking about it. He has joined the facebook group and is following the writer on twitter. He says that it is the best birthday present ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2011
Would definitely recommend to people who are looking for a challenging experience and to have good fun as you can do this quest with friends and family too!
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on 7 March 2013
But the book is only good until the treasure has been found and we wasn't informed before we purchased it how little time was left for it to be found! Had we have been made aware of it's shortcomings we probably wouldn't have wasted our money. As there was no way that anyone could have been expected to solve those puzzles in the amount of time we were alloted!

So although I gave the book 5 stars, I feel I should award a minus 5 stars to Amazon, for keeping that vital piece of information to themselves, just so they could sell the book...Thanks Amazon.

Such is Life
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on 13 September 2013
I got this both as a hardback book and as the iPad/Kindle version. It helped idle away many an hour - it leads you to finding a lot of stuff on Google that you never thought you'd need to know and a few little gems in terms of Google Earth imagery.

Sadly, the competition part is now long since completed. If you're not too interested in winning the prize, still worth a go and at least if you get stuck there's a bit of an Internet community around it with some helpful pointers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2011
Bought The Treasure Hunt for a friend who loves puzzles. She is having problems solving the puzzles but is enjoying the challenge.
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on 7 January 2012
Great gift idea. Entertainment of a different sort. Suitable to all ages. Fun and educational at the same time. Good for groups to work out the clues together with the insentive of a cash prize when you have solved all the clues and enter the competition. Great stuff. Highly recommended.
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on 23 January 2014
Saw this on and internet search for puzzles and brain teasers, unfortunately the competition finished not long after the purchase of this item.
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