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Masquerade brought up to date,
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This review is from: The Great Global Treasure Hunt on Google Earth (Hardcover)
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.