Microsoft Treasure Hunt (Win 8)

Welcome to the Microsoft Treasure Hunt (Win 8) walkthrough!

If you are familiar with Title Update for Microsoft Minesweeper (Win 8), you will notice this is the same adventure mode but now as a game on its own. Microsoft Treasure Hunt is an adventure mode based on the Minesweeper theme.

Most achievements will come through natural gameplay. Be aware this game tends to be buggy, in both ways!

Although I mentioned that this game only requires 1 playthrough, it is not entirely true. I will ask you to restart your game twice after a few levels, which will help obtaining some achievements in an easier way. Once that is done, you can continue playing the same playthrough.

This walkthrough is written while playing on version 1.0.1405.747

Enjoy Microsoft Treasure Hunt!

Microsoft Treasure Hunt is based on the Minesweeper theme. If you do not know how to play Minesweeper, play the tutorial or see the Help section.

You have 2 input methods: Touch control and Tap to Flag.
Touch control (PC)
* Left mouse click: uncovering squares.
* Right mouse click: Mark a flag

Touch control (surface tablet)
* Tap: uncovering squares.
* Press and hold: Mark a flag

Tap to Flag Mode (surface tablet)
* Tap: Mark a flag
* Press and hold: uncover a square

You can switch the input mode by pressing the "2 flags"-icon in the top right corner. (Only available on a surface tablet).

Similar to all Minesweeper games, you can make use of "Chords".
Chords: If all the mines touching a number are flagged, you can tap that number to uncover the remaining adjacent squares. After destroying 1000 dirt blocks in this way you will get this achievement.

King of Chording

Dig 1000 dirt tiles by "chording" (placing flags on nearby traps and tapping the adjacent tiles)

King of Chording
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Make sure you have always a revive amulet in possession. If you lose all your lives, it will be game over unless you have a revive amulet. You can use it to continue your adventure. The amulet will revive you at the latest shop. Immediately buy another amulet in the shop before exiting. Prices of the amulets will increase each time! After every 5 levels you will be able to enter a shop, the first shop appears before level 2.
In the Greedy Mummy Shop you always can buy 3 different usable items, an amulet and an upgrade. Those upgrades appear totally random, so you will need some patience before you fully upgraded everything.

When you find a gold mine in a level, enter it, watch the add and grab as much gold as you can within the time limit. As a bonus, you will keep the lucky clover until the end of the level. While the lucky clover is active, all gold is worth double its value.

Gold Mine

After a few times and 1000 gold you will have gotten enough gold for this achievement.

Bonus Level Bonanza

Collect 1000 gold in bonus levels

Bonus Level Bonanza
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When you do have a game over, you can restart the game at level 1, but all your upgrades you bought in a previous game, will be permanently obtained.

Your goal is to reach the exit while avoiding traps and monsters, and to collect gold along the way.

  • Hearts: You lose one heart every time you uncover a trap. Your game is over when you lose your last heart.
  • Shields: protect you from losing hearts. If you uncover a trap, you will lose a shield instead of losing a heart. You keep your shields when you exit the level.
  • Lucky Clover: If you find the lucky clover, all gold you pick up will be doubled. You will not keep the clover when you exit the level.
  • Amulet of Rebirth: If you lose your last heart, this Amulet will return you to the last Greedy Mummy Shop you visited. You will keep all of your gold and upgrades. Keeping an amulet on hand at all times will protect you from having to start over when you lose your last life.
  • Keys: If you have at least one key, you can click a door to open it. You will not take keys with you when you exit the level.
  • Maps: are used to reveal all traps around you by placing flags over squares with traps. You keep your maps when you exit the level.
  • Weapons: If you have at least one arrow or the machete, you can click on a monster to defeat it. Arrows are lost when you use them, but the machete is reusable. You will not take weapons with you when you exit the level.
  • Pickaxes: can be used to remove dirt and boulders, safely exposing whatever is underneath. You keep your pickaxes when you exit the level.
  • Dynamite: can be used to blow up anything on the map. It can remove dirt, stone walls, traps, monsters, and even doors but will not remove gold or items. You keep your dynamite when you exit the level.

The next set of achievements will all come through natural gameplay, as when they unlock is different for everyone, I will add them here on top of this page.

After your first time hitting a trap and taking damage you will unlock.

Had to Happen Sometime

Trigger your first trap

Had to Happen Sometime
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One of the power-up type items is a map that uncovers all traps in the area, after using it 20 times (does not have to be in one game) you will unlock.

Maybe Invest in a GPS

Use a map 20 times

Maybe Invest in a GPS
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Level 1
Play through level 1 without picking up any gold. Be careful to only move small steps at a time so your character do not unintentionally run over some gold. When you exit level 1, you will be rewarded with the next achievement.

Good Start

Reach the exit on level 1

Good Start
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Level 2
Continue your adventure to the exit without picking up any gold. When you reach the exit of level 2 you will unlock the next achievement.
Note: This achievement is known to be buggy. If it does not unlock, you will need to try again in a new game. It is up to you if you immediately start a new game, or continue with the rest first and retry it when you got all of the rest.

Money is Evil

Money is Evil

Reach level 3 without picking up any gold or treasure

Money is Evil
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The next achievement requires a little bit of your attention. You need at least 500 gold coins and you need to spend them all to unlock an achievement. The further you become, the more difficult is gets because you will have way too much gold coins to spend them all in the shop. The easiest is at the beginning of the game, so press "Menu" and choose "New Game".

Level 1
Play through level 1 and pick up all the gold. While looking for gold, dig all dirt without stepping into a trap. If you are successful, you will be rewarded with the next achievement. Exit the level and you will automatically enter the shop. Buy the amulet for 50 gold.

No Stone Unturned

Dig all dirt tiles without traps on any level

No Stone Unturned
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Level 2 - 5
Continue picking up gold until you have exactly 600 gold. Make sure you do not exit level 5! A small pile of gold is worth 3 gold, a big pile of gold is worth 8 gold and a gold bar is worth 30 gold. Watch out if you have the lucky clover active as it doubles the value of the picked up gold.
Note: Once you are close to 600 (around 500 gold), do not enter any gold mines anymore and calculate how many small and big piles you have to pick up to get EXACTLY 600 gold. Once you got that amount, die, revive yourself by using the amulet. You will spawn at the previous shop. Buy the second amulet for 100 gold. DO NOT BUY ANYTHING ELSE! Now die again without picking up any other gold, revive yourself with the amulet and you will be back at the shop. Now buy the third amulet for 500 gold. You will be rewarded with the next 2 achievements.

Efficient Shopper

Death Cannot Stop Me!

Purchase 3 Amulets in one game

Death Cannot Stop Me!
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Efficient Shopper

Enter a shop with at least 500 gold and spend down to exactly 0 before you leave

Efficient Shopper
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Now start a new game for the last time, by pressing menu and clicking on "New Game".

Level 1 - 10
Play through the game. Pick up as much gold as you can, enter all gold mines by watching the same ad every time. For the achievement you cannot die. It is okay to lose hearts and to lose shields but if you die and are forced to use the amulet you must restart. The achievement appears to not unlock for some people if they lose a heart, so try your best to NOT LOSE ANY HEARTS. Shop anything you like in each shop but when possible put focus on the upgrades.

Level 11
Finish this level without placing any flags! Using a map is allowed, but do not place any flag yourself. While you make your way through the exit, make sure you still do not die. Reaching the exit will give you the next two achievements.
Positive Glitch Alert: If you accidentally or intentionally place a flag, continue to level 12 anyway. Once the achievement "Didn’t even Break a Sweat!" unlocks, step into traps until you die. The other achievement "Extra Careful" will unlock too. (Credit to DTI April).

Extra Careful

Reach the exit on level 11 without using any flags

Extra Careful
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Didn’t even Break a Sweat!

Reach level 12 without dying or respawning

Didn’t even Break a Sweat!
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Level 12 - ??
Carry on playing...

I cannot give you a favourite level to try out the next achievements as the levels are random. Be on the lookout for levels with bats. Kill 5 bats in a row, not necessary in one level, without killing any other creature. Unfortunately, the creatures are generated randomly.
Hint: Have a lot of dynamite sticks in possession. When the only path is blocked by another creature other than a bat, you will need to blow up walls to make another path.

Why did it have to be Bats?

Defeat 5 bats without defeating any other monsters in-between

Why did it have to be Bats?
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Doing this will also get you this achievement if you did not already have it.

Apprentice Hunter

Defeat 3 monsters

Apprentice Hunter
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Once you upgraded the Dynamite bag to minimum 8 dynamite sticks, wait until you got 8 dynamite sticks in possession, either by collecting them or either by buying the in Greedy Mummy Shop. Now use 8 dynamite sticks in ONE level.

We need More Explosions!

Use a dynamite 8 times during one level

We need More Explosions!
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Greedy Mummy Shop
Remember in the Greedy Mummy Shop you always can buy 3 different usable items, an amulet and an upgrade. Those upgrades appear totally random, so you will need some patience before you fully upgraded everything.

Dynamite Bag
You need to upgrade the Dynamite Bag 3 times:
* 1,000 Gold for maximum 4 dynamite sticks.
* 2,000 Gold for maximum 6 dynamite sticks.
* 4,000 Gold for maximum 8 dynamite sticks.

Pyromaniac

Purchase the 8 Dynamite Bag

Pyromaniac
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Pickaxe Belt
You need to upgrade the Pickaxe Belt 4 times:
* 1,000 Gold for maximum 4 pickaxes.
* 2,000 Gold for maximum 6 pickaxes.
* 4,000 Gold for maximum 8 pickaxes.
* 8,000 Gold for maximum 10 pickaxes.

Master Miner

Purchase the 10 Pickaxe Belt

Master Miner
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Map Tube
* 1,000 Gold for maximum 4 maps.
* 2,000 Gold for maximum 6 maps.
* 4,000 Gold for maximum 8 maps.
* 8,000 Gold for maximum 10 maps.
* _____ Gold for maximum 15 maps.

No Sense of Direction

Purchase the 15 Map Tube

No Sense of Direction
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Hearts
You need to buy 2 extra hearts:
* 25,000 gold for maximum 4 hearts.
* 125,000 gold for maximum 5 hearts.
King of Compassion

Have 5 hearts

King of Compassion
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All upgrades.
You will need to buy every heart upgrade, map tube upgrade, pickaxe belt upgrade and dynamite bag upgrade.

Hearts: Start > 4 (25000) > 5 (125000) for 150,000 gold

Map Tubes: Start > 4 (1000) > 6 (2000) > 8 (4000) > 10 (8000) >15 > 20 > 25 (65000) > 30 (128000) for ________ gold

Pickaxe Belt: Start > 4 (1000) > 6 (2000) > 8 (4000) > 10 (8000) >15 > 20 > 25 (65000) > 30 (128000) for ________ gold

Dynamite Bag: Start > 4 (1000) > 6 (2000) > 8 (4000) > 10 (8000) >15 > 20 > 25 (65000) > 30 (128000) for ________ gold

That means for this achievement you will need hundreds of thousands of gold, so good luck.

Totally Decked Out

Purchase all item and heart upgrades for your character

Totally Decked Out
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Gold
Keep playing and picking up gold as much as possible without taking too many risks. Once you gathered 5,000,000 gold you will be rewarded with the next achievement. The higher the level you are playing, the more value the gold has.
You can track progress in the "statistics" menu.

I’m Rich!

Gather 5000000 gold

I’m Rich!
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