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The Treasure of the Aztecs - Escape Hunt Game Review

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Published May 29th 2020
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Steeped in Mayan mythology and a hunt for lost gold, this latest adventure game from Escape Hunt could be its best so far. Find out why in this review.

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A Mayan adventure in the new Aztec game

The Treasure of the Aztecs is a new play at home game that allows friends and family groups from two to six people to pit their wits and find their way to hidden treasure.

This game from Escape Hunt feels more in line with the company's escape rooms than their previous two home games of Stolen and Murder At The Mansion as it involves far more than completing a logic grid.

The premise of the story is that you are helping a team of archaeologists at the Mexico City Museum, who have uncovered a treasure trove of ancient texts that could lead to Emperor Montezuma's legendary lost treasure.

It's a chance to feel like an Indiana Jones-style relic hunter as you work your way through two packs of clues and puzzles to try and dig up the treasure within the one hour target time.

But there's more to come as the adventure later transports you from Mexico to America's Wild West with an intriguing storyline of goldhunters and even murder.

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A mix of fascinating characters and clues make this game a success

It's a bit of a push to complete in an hour as there are plenty of challenging conundrums that involve deciphering ancient Aztec symbols and sifting through clues left by the conquistadors,

There's plenty of intriguing storylines and clues that make you think long and hard before reaching that Eureka moment. Newspaper cuttings, Wild West postcards and artefacts add another dimension to the plot.

The game has a recommended age of eight and over and costs £14.99, which is a fair price considering the detail in the story and puzzles.

You will need to have access to a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger from the start of the game to input answers and also get hints to solve clues from Marcos, the Professor of Antiquities at the Mexico City Museum.

Access to the internet helps to search for guidance on some clues plus you need a printer as the two packs have clues that need cutting up, including a jigsaw puzzle.

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A treasure hunt using maps makes for an exciting adventure

There have been a range of games to play at home since lockdown started and this was probably the most enjoyable so far for me.

There are a wealth of tasks and puzzles that lead you along a treasure hunt with a difference. It's edging towards the more difficult end of the scale and has practical tasks as well as using logic and map-reading skills.

Some of the solutions involving thinking in a different way and working out the cryptic answer to clues to then follow through with what's needed to reveal an answer. It's clever, enticing and will make you feel chuffed for working it out.

From start to finish, The Treasure of the Aztecs game felt like an adventure. It's fun, intelligent and an all encompassing piece of escapism that feels satisfying to complete. Get it while you can.

The Treasure of the Aztecs play at home adventure game by Escape Hunt costs £14.99 and is available from the Escape Hunt website here.
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