Treasure Troves, a game from the makers of a Nintendo DS SAT prep software and uh… Hello Kitty Daily… well let’s forget about Aspyr’s current DS offerings for a second since Treasure Troves sounds technologically neat. This Nintendo DS game has players physically scout out Wi-Fi networks with a DS in hand to unlock sound items. Once collected sound bytes can be arranged into musical compositions that can be traded with other players. Since the DS is easy to carry around Aspyr believes Treasure Troves will be like a real life treasure hunt.
Treasure Troves is conceptually grand if you’re living in a dense city or campus environment where you walk a lot. Outside of those places I don’t see Treasure Troves working the same way. Savvy players are more likely to “break” the game by reprogramming routers than trekking the globe with the game in their hands. The World Ends With You had a similar feature where you can scan for ESPers and rare aliens, but I can’t recall a single time where I felt inspired to clamshell my DS with the World Ends With You inside.
Images courtesy of Linksys / Square Enix.