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Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts

Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts

Welcome back to the DigiGames blog and we sincerely hope you have been enjoying and gaining useful tips from our daily guide to improving your business prospects, embracing new technologies and making the most our your chosen career path as a trivia host. Today, we continue our on-going theme of looking at the range of trivia based events you can offer to enhance you portfolio and appeal to more customers by looking at Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts.


Now hold on a second….I know what you are thinking. How can you combine one event that usually involves sitting down with a pen and paper or a buzzer with another event where the aim is to run around finding items? Maybe you think I am mad….but Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts are real things, they do happen and people are finding a lot of enjoyment in these unique events and trivia hosts are making tidy incomes from what can be very simple and straight forward occasions.


The premise is already there….Trivia is popular, increasingly so and Scavenger Hunts have been running for as long as man has been entertaining himself….so combining the two is a sure fire way to success. However, if you do it badly Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts can be nightmares and out people off for life. In the right hands, with the right information Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts have the potential to be unique, fun and addictive experiences. Here are a few useful steps and ideas on putting together a Trivia Based Scavenger Hunt.


Let me start with a simple point…. Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts are special occasions and require special conditions. I am assuming here everyone reading this will be aware what a Scavenger Hunt actually is (if you do skip the next paragraph) but just in case this Wikipedia article well describes what a Scavenger Hunt is.


  • “A scavenger hunt is a party game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, which the participants – individuals or teams – seek to gather all items on the list – usually without purchasing them – or perform tasks or take photographs of the items, as specified”


In other words….you need to find things. As I said this is not usually compatible with trivia but combining the two is easy and there are two main ways you can run it:

  • The “final” of the contest (with say the first 5 teams to qualify playing in a trivia based final).
  • or as a way to eliminate teams (The last 2 teams in each  round face off in trivia to see who remains in the game).

Of course, this article may indeed lead you to think of other ideas and creations to truly make your game unique but you have to bear in mind that in a Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts the Scavenger hunting may be the big appeal and the trivia may need to take a secondary, yet still important role. Also consider you may be dealing with people not used to trivia so make this a good introduction to the fun that can be had answering questions!  The items for your Scavenger Hunt should be fun and easy but mildly challenging to find.  You can get some ideas for scavenger hunt items.


  • One idea which I have known to be used to great success is use trivia questions as the clues to the what to find. Rather than give them a list, give a trivia question which the group have to answer on a buzzer, keypad or in their minds before they head off finding items. This is always good for multiple choice questions as it means if you use a buzzer the team get once chance to answer a question and cannot start the hunt until they do.  Make the question relate to the item they have to find.  For example, if the question is “What is the fastest running animal?” and the answer is Cheetah, now players have to find something that’s fast, or an animal (picture or toy, or decorative piece), or something that has to do with Cheetahs (which might be hard, but extend it to include what a Cheetah might eat).  Then ask each player to state how their found object relates to the question.  They earn points for each item that relates to the trivia question.
  • Actually, there in lies another idea….the list of items doesn’t appear until the team have answered a set number of trivia questions right. Perhaps give each team the task to answer 5 multiple choice questions, you can even use audience polling ideas here to get everyone involved or if you have enough wireless buzzers each team gets one. Once they have answered 5 they get the list and can go!
  • More points, more clues:  A fun concept is to hide an object and print out clues to finding the object.  For each correct answer given, that player also gets in clues.  So, if a player answers 5 questions correctly, he gets 5 clues.  If another player gets 7 questions right, they get nice advantage with 7 clues.
  • Regain entry back into the game:  You could use the Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts games as a punishment for teams. If a team loses a round, they can get back into the game if they can find a certain object in 30 seconds or less.  If they find it, they earned their way back in.  If 30 seconds the item is not found, the player or team is eliminated. Enjoyable and addictive, no one will want to be eliminated for your Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts so the excitement will rise when the numbers start to fall.
  • Gain entry into a game:  Call out an item, the first person who finds it is a player.  Call out another item and now you have your second player.  Repeat until you have your players ready to go for a game.
  • Another fresh game concept:  Get a 10 team game with 9 elimination rounds. Each round the 2 teams with the smallest score need to find the item(s) called for.  The loser leaves the Trivia Based Scavenger Hunt and the game goes into the next round and so on. This is a good concept because just because a player has the least score doesn’t mean they will be automatically eliminated.  Since they are going up against the other player (or team) with the 2nd to the lest score, then they have a chance to get back into the game and the other team then gets eliminated.  This is a good concept for the audience, a good incentive for teams and a nice bit of drama for your players.


If you utilize items like buzzers or the unique and fun systems such as Clobber, then you can use this as the final game. Depending on how many teams you have, the aim of the game can be that the first 6 teams who find the items compete in the trivia final. A reward for success and a chance for everyone to get into the final. If you have 4 teams, make it 2 in the final….20 teams make it 10. Whatever your systems and hardware supports then using Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts can make full use of it. After a high-energy, stressful and action pack hunt what better way to entertain than having fast buzzer paced action, Clobber based stress busting fun and giving people some trivia to get their teeth into.

All in all the possibilities of including trivia in Trivia Based Scavenger Hunts gives you a chance to produce a unique and interesting event. Ideally this would fit events such as corporate team building days, schools and fundraiser but the possibilities are endless. Family days for instance….the kids run and find items, the adults answer trivia questions to earn clues and directions. The options are endless and with planning, preparation and the right kind of software you may find yourself producing an in-demand event that everyone will be talking about.

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