Safari Animal TREASURE HUNT CodeBusterS

In this game players race to solve the riddles, find the hidden Animal in the Wild Picture Card, discover each answers code letter, and put all the letters together to discover where the secret treasure is OR discover the secret password to get out of the Escape Room.

This printable game can be set-up and played as either an Escape Room or a Treasure Hunt.

This game is great for players age 6 and up.  Depending on which version of the game you choose to play game time can last 20-60 minutes.

The only additional item you must have to play this game is a single hole punch that you can find at your local dollar store.

This hunt features 12 riddles that each lead to a different animal in the wild.  The riddles are editable so you have the option to change them if you want to something easier or more difficult depending on your crowd - this also allows you to come up with different clues so the game can be played over and over.

Each of the riddles match up with a CodeBuster card that features a picture of the Animal in the Wild that answers that riddle.  When players place the correct CodeBuster card over the Riddle card then a code letter will be revealed through the key hole.  When players collect all 12 code letters they unscramble them to create the winning code word.  If you are playing it as a treasure hunt the code word can be a location where the treasure is hidden. If you are playing it as an Escape Room the code word can be what you need to escape the room. 

TIME: 30-45 minutes to play.

Age Range: 6+


The answer image cards (known as CodeBusters) are hidden throughout the playing area. Below is the correct CodeBusters for the Riddle Cards above. Some host do away with the hiding bit and simply attach them to the walls in obvious places.  It really depends on how you want to set up the game.

There are 18 Animals in the Wild CodeBuster Cards to Include:

  • Cheetah 
  • Red Panda
  • Sloth 
  • Koala 
  • Turtle
  • Lion
  • Lemur 
  • Monkey
  • Pangolin
  • Elephant
  • Zebra
  • Hippopotamus 
  • Tiger
  • Rhinoceros
  • Chameleon
  • Alligator
  • Panda Bear
  • Giraffe 

Once players find what they believe is the Correct CodeBuster card then they can place the image card over the code on the riddle card and a letter will be seen through the keyhole on the card. In the first clue sample you can see the letter K, in the second the letter H, and the letter N in the third - but of course these letters are editable and can be changed to whatever you need them to be to spell out your treasure location. (see next section).

One of the genius things about this game is that YOU DECIDE THE LOCATION, the code is EDITABLE so that host can change it to what they want it to be before printing.  Simply open in adobe reader, click on the default letters you want to change and switch them to the letters you need to spell your prize location.

If they are correct that letter will be part of the location where the 'prize' is hidden. The prize can be anything you want it to be, it can even be bragging rights if you want to low budget. 

This hunt has 12 different riddles so your hiding location will need to be 12 letters or less.  If it is less than 12 letters you will need to remove some of the riddles. 

-SEt-up & Game Play-

1. Open your download in Adobe Reader.  Decide on your hiding location and change the specified letter on each Riddles Code to one from your location. 

For example if you plan to hide your prize treasure  in the garage you might use the letters L-O-O-K   I-N   G-A-R-A-G-E (12 letters, one for each clue riddle)

Just click on the specified letter on each clues code, backspace, and type your desired letter - DONE.  Now Print.  

2.  Open the CodeBuster file and use a basic hole punch (you can buy these at your local Dollar Store) to punch the hole out of each padlocks on each Riddle card. Now Print.

3. Hide the CodeBuster cards throughout your playing area or simply tape them along the wall or spread them over a table. If you want to set it up as a competition divide players in to teams and print out a set of riddle cards for each team.

OPTIONAL: Some Host get creative and instead of giving the players the Riddle Cards they will hide them as well, or give teams a Riddle for every shot a player takes if it's that kind of party.  

WINNING THE GAME:  Be the first player or team to match all the Riddles with the correct answers, then unscramble the code letters to determine where the "treasure" is hidden. Go to that treasure - Claim Victory!

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Your CodeBuster Treasure Hunt Includes:

  • 18 Wild Animal CodeBuster Cards
  • 12 Editable Riddle Cards
  • Complete Set-Up Instructions

Your printable game will arrive within minutes in printable PDF files.  This is a digital purchase - No physical product will be mailed.  If you do not see it in your email please check your junk folder before you contact us - that is the usual culprit. If you have any questions or feedback we would love to hear from you!  Contact us at:

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