Sin City Scavenger Hunt

Las Vegas is a great town for scavenger hunts. This city is inherently interesting enough that even a lackluster effort like the recently released Vegas: The Game can be fun in the right circumstances.

The Game is pretty straightforward. You sign up online at, then pick one of three “zones” to play. The center Strip zone, for example, takes you on a walking tour from Bellagio to the Venetian, asking 25 questions along the way. The south Strip zone takes you from the Paris to Luxor, also with 25 questions, and the Strip for kids zone takes you from the World of Coca-Cola to the Tropicana with 18 questions, many of which are the same as from the South Strip zone. You receive and answer questions either by text messages, or with a smartphone through a simplified website.

The puzzles are designed for fun rather than competition, since you get two tries at each challenge and hints if you get stuck. You can even moderately misspell answers. Some questions ask you to send pictures or sing a song, for which you automatically get full points. In between questions, you receive bits of Vegas trivia.

While the interactive element can be fun, the lack of challenge quickly becomes obvious, since most questions can be answered more quickly with a Google search, and you can get better information about the city from any decent guidebook or website.

Still, if you’re bored on the Strip with group of drunk friends, this is a way to pass a couple hours. This month it’s worth the price, since it’s free. In February it will become massively overpriced at $39 for the kids’ game and $49 for the adult version.

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