About 99% of scavenger hunt companies out there have gone completely tech crazy. They solely offer smart phone-app scavenger hunts, with all the bells and whistles, figuring that the cooler the tech, the better the experience.
At Dr. Clue, we feel completely the opposite and here’s why:
1) In a smart phone hunt, one person on each team tends to hog the screen while everyone is struggling to look over that person’s shoulder. The “tech person” feels involved in the game; the others are passively awaiting instructions. Continually peering at their phone screen, your tech person tends to become detached and isolated from the group.
2) A smart phone app is cool in some ways — GPS, VR Codes, etc. — but it’s limited in many other ways. Because the screen is so small, you can’t really deliver complex clues. At best, a smart phone can offer a bit of wordplay or maybe a *very* simple code, like Pig Latin. By contrast, the most engaging clues are at least one-page long and require some kind of solving or decoding. Think the Da Vinci Code, National Treasure or Indiana Jones. For solving and decoding great clues, you need to be able to write on the clue itself. For example, unless you’re skilled in Java, how would you do a wordsearch on a smart phone? Pen and paper is *much* better for the kind of intricate, sophisticated clues we offer at Dr. Clue. We *do* offer a smart phone app if you want it — but the app is mostly for capturing photos and videos; it never replaces the pen-and-paper clues.