Beep…….beep……..beep, beeeeeeeeeepppppppp. Crunch, crunch, crunch, clunk. Ahhhhh the joyous sounds of success when metal detecting. Have you struck gold, or is it another worthless rusty nail? Who knows, but finding it made your heart skip a beat. This is the excitement that you could have if you try Treasure Hunter Simulator.
Developed by Drago Entertainment and published by MD Games, this is a calm story-driven simulation title. You explore vast locations armed only with a spade, metal detector, and PDA. You’ll lose hours of your life searching for buried treasure in this fun arcade, take on the metal detecting hobby.
Treasure Hunter Simulator is more than just searching out gold.
You may worry that a simulation title that solely focuses on metal detecting would be boring. Worry not! This has more to do than simply digging up random patches of soil. You are asked to complete tasks and jobs in various historic locations around the globe. Completing each goal will earn you prestige that enhances your job prospects and allows you to purchase improved equipment. In short, the better you do, the better equipment you can buy. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want the biggest and best tools when they are searching for priceless treasure?
With two game modes available, you can choose from story or exploration. The exploration section allows you to select every location in the game. There are no jobs to take and you are detecting for the fun of it. The main portion of Treasure Hunter Simulator is the story mode, and this is where you’ll spend most of your time.
The story you experience is pretty far fetched and silly, but you go with it because of the rewards you receive. Your uncle has passed away, leaving you an inheritance. You are advised of this fortune via a rather dodgy looking email. It’s like those emails we all get from scammers that promise us twenty million US Dollars, but let’s roll with it. To get your share of the estate you must prove yourself in the metal detecting world, completing all missions while maximising your prestige. Like I said……really realistic!
Plenty of missions and wonderful locations.
You soon forget the silly nature of the story as you take every job offered to you. You are asked to clean up locations by hunting out metal trash, find specific objects, take photos of monuments and plants/landscapes, and so forth. The missions have an underlying theme but there is enough variety to keep you interested at each job site.
Where ever you go, you are free to keep whatever you find. Nails, pegs, old bullets, coins, jewellery. You name it, it’s yours. This is important, as junk equals money. As you up your prestige better detectors become available to buy. These allow you to search for objects hidden deeper in the ground and without the newer equipment you can’t hope to find all the items.
The locations you visit are great and have historical significance and interesting facts for you to discover. Many of the objects you find are related specifically to that area and offer an educational insight into cultural impacts, showing the serious side of treasure hunting. Don’t worry if this isn’t your thing though as you can simply skip it and get back to digging. Like the new equipment, new locations become available once you level up. You are offered new tasks to complete but getting to these sites costs money. It quickly becomes a juggling act of choosing new equipment or new missions.
Treasure Hunter Simulator looks nice from afar but lacks polish.
Playing out from a first-person perspective you feel like you are the metal detecting enthusiast. The surrounding world looks beautiful from afar, but as you get closer, the textures become rougher, losing their polish. It doesn’t impact the gameplay, and the performance is smooth, it’s simply noticeable on every stage. There are a few glitches where the detector sweeps into the ground, or you look through the map when collecting items. This was a shame, as it gave the impression it needed a little longer on the development table.
Though the game takes a more arcade approach, it doesn’t skimp on the realism. The audio is key to this with some incredible atmospheric sounds that enhance each location. The noises from your equipment were great and the shrill beeps from your detector fill you with giddy excitement. I enjoyed how the serene and relaxing audio juxtaposed the thrill of the high-pitched equipment sounds. It made the effort of searching worthwhile.
Digging for treasure is super addictive.
Whenever I play simulation games, there is a niggling worry that it’ll be complicated to control. I’m concerned that there will be loads of buttons to learn and it’ll feel like I’ve taken on another job, rather than playing a game. Treasure Hunter Simulator is remarkably easy to play and its straightforward tutorial eases any fears. Finding treasure is aided by visual and audio clues and digging requires one press of a button. It lacks complexity, and this made it fun from the first moment.
Searching in the dirt to find treasure is super addictive. From the moment you hear the first beep to the ear-piercing constant tone, it’s oddly exciting. You find tons of junk, but this doesn’t deter you because you know the good stuff can’t be far away. This is the main reason I kept playing and why I’ll return to play it repeatedly.
Treasure Hunter Simulator: A diamond in the rough.
There is no doubt this needed more time to be polished. It’s very rough around the edges but its core concept is sound and it’s playable. The variety of tasks, the ability to level up, and the new equipment kept things fresh throughout. I enjoyed Treasure Hunter Simulator, but it is a diamond in the rough. I liked its arcade approach and various locations and I recommend you to buy it here! Help people out, find priceless treasure, and inherit your share of the estate.