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Best Treasure Hunting Games

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Treasures from all over the world are waiting for an active adventurer! South America, Siberia, seas, tombs, jungle - dozens of locations to explore and thousands of hidden secrets to find. And you won't be alone - other great adventurers will help you to solve the puzzles and defeat the enemies in the best treasure hunting games ever.
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Everybody loves this man in the hat that isn't afraid to hunt treasures all over the world for fame, money and, of course, in historical purposes. This time Indy is searching for the mysteries of the famous sunken city Atlantis. The setting is World War II, the enemies are nazis - its Indiana Jones' classics. The game has a great story, stunning pixel art visuals and point-and-click mechanics - everything you need to make a successfull product in 1992. Indiana Jones was highly praised by critics and there were nine more games in the series released.

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One of the most difficult and frustrating games ever, Spelunky was released for PC in 2008. It's a classic platformer where you play as an unnamed adventurer. You say, nothing new, I say, look at this game. Its world of tunnels is amazing. Once entering this huge mine you won't stop until you explore it completely. There are so many corners, turns, hidden treasures that Spelunky takes hours to play. And I also appreciate its easy but detailed graphics - the visuals are wonderful.

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Though the plot of this game is built around saving the Knight's lover, treasure hunting is a very important part of the gameplay. You have shovel - so, of course, you have to dig. You also get treasures killing enemies. There is even a special feature for those who wants to earn all the money: you can destroy checkpoints to get treasures. In the end, combined with the stylish graphics and the informality of a side-scrolling platformer, the tresure hunting element in Shovel Knight is taken for granted.

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DuckTales: Remastered was released in 2013 as a remake of the original game published in 1989. Here Scrooge McDuck needs to find five great treasures to become the richest duck in the world. So you go to different locations, search for hidden treasures and paths, there are multiple endings - in general, it's a great nostalgic game. Though even the remastered version is a little bit out of time, DuckTales stays a good adventure to spend a few hours.

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Landstalker is a retro Sega game released in 1992 and added to Wii's Virtual Console in 2007. The most part of gameplay is exploring the world, completing the quests and searching for the loot. The characters - Nigel and Friday - are strong and interesting but there is a problem - they're hard to manage. The isometric perspective (the three-quarters view) almost ruins the game. If you can handle it you'll get a great treasure hunting adventure.

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The Uncharted series is the best adventure franchise of our time, I guess. Naughty Dog did a great job developing the characters and the world so I have nothing but fascination about these games. Especially I want to mention the forth part where the studio decided to go more realistic than before. The pirate king Henry Avery was a real person and Libertalia, the place he hid his treasures, could also exist. So Uncharted 4 became more historical true - and this fact adds the game some points.

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The South America setting is one of the most interesting: dark jungle, exotic animals, unexpexted enemies. So as a treasure hunting game Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (1994) is quite intriguing and has everything to have fun like swinging on vines, leaping over pits, jumping onto crocodile heads and so on. However, the game experience can be ruined a little because of not very handy mechanics. Just be ready.

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Unlike the previous game, Henry Hatsworth is a great example of how to make a successful combination of platformer, action and puzzle. Henry is looking for a magic golden suit that gives its owner special powers. At the end of every level you will find a piece of this legendary treasure. Sounds common, but what's about a match-three game on the bottom of the screen? You have to switch between two different game styles, so be attentive. Henry Hatsworth was released for NIntendo DS in 2009.

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Let's be honest, this entire collection is made to celebrate the bravest female adventurer of all time. Lara made a long way for 20 years of development and stays a role model and a popular character. The games changed either: there is a better adventure, improved graphics and even more love from the fans. Media doesn't forget Lara too - the new Tomb Raider film is going to show us much more realistic origin of Lara Croft. Alicia Vikander even looks like Lara from the latest games - isn't it awesome?

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