How to write and edit a clue for a quest

In Questo, clues are used to connect two different locations from a quest. Therefore, by following clues, players will get from one location to another (outdoor or indoor).

General rules:

  • to validate each clue and continue to the next one, players have to find an answer and it insert it in the app
  • each clue has to offer directions about how to arrive at the next location. You can use street names, left-right directions, guiding marks, points of interest etc.

 

What types of clues can I use?

 

1. Find an inscription

For this type of clue, players have to find an inscription somewhere and insert it as an answer in the app. It can be:

  • The name of a building
  • Some specific word/words written on a description board about a certain place
  • A name written on a painting/graffiti etc.

Important to keep in mind: don’t make your players write an inscription that’s too long. 2-3 words should be enough, but usually one will do. Otherwise, players can easily commit mistakes and get frustrated.

Example from Questo:

clue inscription

Answer: Muzeul Asociatiunii

 

2. Count objects / details

In this type of clue, players have to count certain objects/details they find along the quest you create. Below you can see an example in which players have to count a few holes.

Important to keep in mind: don’t make your players count too much because it can get boring. So, limit the counting below 20, but with an optimum below 10.

Example from Questo

count clue

Answer: ten

 

3. Simple letter code

Players will receive a code which they can use to identify a specific word/words. The code will be formed from as many digits as letters in the word/words.

Example from Questo

code letter code

Answer: AER (8 is A1, 2 is E and 4 is R)

 

4. Row-letter code

Players will receive a two-digit code which they can use to identify a specific word/words. By comparison with the simple letter code, this one has two digits: one for the row and the second for the letter.

Example from Questo:

row-letter clue

Answer: Roma

 

5. Hangman letters

Players have to find the missing letters of a word/phrase and to submit the full answer.

Example in Questo:

"To continue the quest, exit the passage on the opposite side, then walk to the right until you reach the entrance of the place which has its name written with 10 golden letters. There you will receive further indications from the two brothers, named:

C _ _ _ _ _ nt _ _ and G _ i _ _ re."

Answer: Constantin and Grigore