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Tutorial: How to build a virtual crossword riddle for your scavenger hunt?

A screenshot of the loquiz game, a man playing crossword

Using Loquiz, we can build this famous riddle

With the Creator, you can create countless minigames for your scavenger hunt, or any outdoor game such as gamified tours, treasure hunts, team-building games, etc. And here is one example that I’m going to show you step by step:

The crossword game.

A man playing crossword outside. He has a nice cap

In our past time, when we received our daily newspaper, we could spend hours on them just because of the crossword section. So why not adapt it for your scavenger hunt?

Before we get into the tutorial, you can try my game:

Test a virtual crossword

Let’s play this game!

Screenshot of the Crossword Loquiz game

How to play it?

Simply download Loquiz on iOS or Play Store, then scan the following QR code to start the game immediately (either from your camera or directly from the app):

QR code. Scan it, so you can start the game on Loquiz
Download Loquiz, then scan this QR!

Did you have fun? Could you find the 5 countries?

Either way, let’s dig into the Creator’s logic. So you will be able to recreate this game in your own Loquiz account!


Tutorial: Recreate the crossword game as a Loquiz riddle

⚠️ The tutorial will include spoilers for the sample game!

Step 1: Build your own crossword first

Using your notebook and pen, you can create a crossword by yourself. However, it’s faster if you use a tool such as Crossword Labs.

This online tool is free and simple to use. So I definitely recommend it!

From the first page, you can write down all the words and hints:

Screenshot of Crossword Labs

And…

That’s all.

Indeed, the crossword is automatically generated by this text document. That’s one amazing user experience, I love it!

Country crossword

Make a screenshot of this table. You’ll need it for the next step.

Once you’ve saved your picture, click on “Save and Finish”.

Step 2: Save the different pictures

On the next page, you’ll have a blank crossword.

Country crossword with empty cases

Make a screenshot of the crossword and the hints.

Using your photo editor software (such as Gimp, Photoshop, or Affinity Photo), crop all the different blocks.

Do the same with the crossword that has all the answers (the screenshot taken during the previous step).

Cropped cases to put later on Loquiz

This will be useful for the Playground.

Step 3: Create your Loquiz game with these rules

Now, it’s time to create your Loquiz game. Or you can also incorporate the logic in an existing Loquiz game.

Create the tasks

First, let’s create the tasks.

Create twice as many tasks as the number of words. I have 5 words, so I’ll create 10 tasks.

Create 1 text-type + 1 no-answer task for each word.

The text-type tasks should include the word. If possible, tick the “Code box”.

Task settings

Here is what a no-answer task should look like.

Task settings

Change the game logo with the block that you’ve cropped in the previous step. The text-type tasks should have empty blocks, whereas no-answer tasks should have blocks with the word.

Additional task settings for the pin
This one is for the text-type task.
Other settings for text-type tasks

Make sure that the text-type tasks give 1 point

Points: 1

With these additional settings:

Additional settings
Keep until answered correctly (30 seconds)
Allow to close without answering 
Show if the answer was correct or incorrect
Other settings for no-answer tasks

For the no-answer tasks, they give 0 points:

Points: 0

With these additional settings:

Additional settings
Only tick "Keep until the end of the game"

Repeat the same operation for all the tasks. In our example, we have 5 words. So we have 10 tasks.

After, we’ll put them in this order: First the text-type tasks, then the no-answer tasks. Make sure you respect this order, it’s quite important.

In our case, it will look like this:

Create the playground

Go to “3. Configuration” part.

On the bottom-right part of the screen, create a new playground.

I advise you to put the same settings as I did:

Create a playground by going on Configuration, bottom right part of the screen
The most important setting is “Allow open tasks on playground”

For the image, make one that includes all the hints.

Here is our Playground’s file that we uploaded:

Base picture file for the playground
Notice the absence of the crossword. We’ll build it in the playground for the next step.

Before going to the next part, don’t forget to save!

Save!

The Creator logic

Once you have your tasks and your playground, let’s create the Creator’s logic.

First, let’s make all the text-type tasks appear.

Loquiz logic: Show task 1 to 5 on playground crossword

For each word, let’s add this logic:

And in the end, if the player succeeds all the 5 words i.e. they get 5 points, then we can finish.

When score = 5, then finish

Altogether, we have this logic:

The full Loquiz logic

At this step, your “2. Rules” button will become red and you can’t save. And we’ll see why.

Red Rules button

Adapt the playground

Indeed, you need to add the tasks on the Playground.

Click on the image to set next task position on the Playground

Add all the icons, recreating the crossword pattern that you’ve built on Crossword Labs.

Playground with all the tasks

And now your crossword is ready!

Step 4: Enjoy your crossword!

The game here is exactly the same as the one you could try earlier.

Screenshot of the crossword game

Feel free to copy all the logic here and use it for your games, even for commercial use 😊

If you’re at ease with Loquiz, then you will be able to include this logic in any game. This can be a mini-game for your scavenger hunt or any other outdoor games such as city tours, treasure hunts, or team-building games.

On the other hand, if you’re not enough at ease with the Creator, I can help you out. Feel free to send me a message or to book a meeting with me, then I’ll gladly show you how to set it up in your game.

Loquiz icon: People communicating from different parts of the world

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