Monday, April 25, 2011

A travel game

Sorry to say I'm indulging myself in a travel game on TravelSmith in their Taste for Travel Giveaway where the winner wins a European culinary cruise for two on a riverboat. If it were as simple as visiting the site once a day and clicking 'enter', I'd be okay. But it's not. It's a game with many parts.

Part One has you clicking to remove six dish covers in order to find three meals which match. Three tries per day and so far, I'm not winning any gift certificates. But playing earns one an extra entry. Or maybe it's three.

Liking on FaceBook will get an extra and probably linking above will also if I could figure out how to tell them about my blog. Then, maybe I'd garner another reader?

But the real hook is the Travel Trivia geography game. A map of either the US or Europe is on screen and a place name is listed with a stop watch. Fifteen seconds to find the place, like Washington, DC. Click! Then a plane arrives from the previous answer and calculates how far off you are from the real place. It starts easy and I have been as close as 10 miles. Or as far away as the other side of the country with no points proffered at all!

You go up levels and so far I've made it to the fifth, but have yet to attain the magic 120,000 mark to see what's on the other side. I did get to 116,000. As we know, close only counts in horseshoes and items which make big bangs. As you are unceremoniously dumped out of the game, you get to see the top ten players. Someone neared 500,000 points so there must be lots of levels.

However, even as you're being offered the option to play again, you're told you can only play twenty times. I'll have to pace myself.

My only saving grace is that some of the answers are repeated. I'll consider it an exercise in memory and stubbornness.

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