Big Fish Game's Treasure Quest: Facebook game portals done right
Every day, Treasure Quest features two new games, and you must hit specific goals in each of the games. Once you've completed the daily tasks, you'll be rewarded with virtual coins and experience points. Gold can, in turn, be used to unlock more games and to buy new clothing and items for your customizable Treasure Quest avatar.
Today's featured games are Plunder -- a puzzle game that's a cross between Battleship and Minesweeper and another called Riddle O'Day, a -- as the name implies -- a riddle-solving game. The goals were to sink two Navy ships and solve the riddle plus catch 10 fairies respectively. That took about 10 minutes of solid playing to complete and when it ended, we were rewarded with 86 coins per game. Now we just have to wait until a new set of featured games arrive, and you can tell when that will happen by checking out the countdown clock on the main page.
In the meantime, other Big Fish games are available to play, though you won't earn gold coins for those since they're not one of the two featured games. We tested our sleuthing skills in The Daily Detective, a daily hidden object game which were adapted from the popular Mystery Case Files games. Once you've completed the case of the day, you have the option to use your coins to buy and play additional cases. We also liked that this game pulls in data from your Facebook page and incorporates it in the storyline. Our friend Melody was cast as the subject in the first case, and it's hilarious to see your friend's names in print.
Of course, no social gaming experience would be complete without offering the ability to purchase virtual coins using real-life cash. Right now, the transactions seem pretty cut and dry -- use a credit card or PayPal to buy coins. There are no options to use offers to earn more coins, and you can't buy coins and charge it to a phone bill. Though lots might argue for having these options, there's something nice about such a simple offering.
We're curious to see how Treasure Quest will fare in the coming weeks, but considering that some seem to be growing weary of all the pet, farming, etc, games out there -- Big Fish's newest Facebook entry couldn't be timed more perfectly.