Unlock Structures

Puzzle hunts are often defined by their structure, and there have been many different structures and variations-on-structures developed over time. Two main types of unlocking mechanics are solve unlocks (where solving one puzzle allows access to subsequent puzzles) and time unlocks (where puzzles are released at a set schedule independently of solves). This page seeks to illustrate the general idea of different types of hunt structures through simple infographics.

Puzzle Trails[edit | edit source]

Examples: Edric's Treasure Hunts

Timed Unlocks[edit | edit source]

Examples: SUMS, MUMS, Mezzacotta, Edric's Puzzle Hunts, Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2017

Unlock Juice[edit | edit source]

Examples: Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2018, some Puzzle Boats

Adjacency Unlocks[edit | edit source]

Examples: Teammate Hunt 2021, Edric's 2022 Truzzle Hunt (example of a"hidden" puzzle map, represented below), R.T.3 Search

Puzzle Packet[edit | edit source]

Examples: P&A Magazine, Cryptex Hunt 2019, Labor Day Extravaganza

Other Hunts[edit | edit source]

The 2023 DUAL Puzzle Hunt