Treasure Isle (video game)
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|Release||April 4, 2010|
|Mode(s)||Single-player with multiplayer interaction|
Treasure Isle was a browser-based video game by Zynga for Facebook, launched in April 2010. It allowed users to dig for treasure on various islands. The game was discontinued on December 5, 2012.
The main goal of Treasure Isle is to travel to several islands to discover lost jewels and treasures. At the beginning of the game, the player first creates a customizable avatar. This avatar is much like that of FarmVille’s avatar series. The players are provided with an island,a round hut, a Treasure Chest which can be upgraded, and a specific color of a gem tree that they can harvest everyday. Players can customize their islands by purchasing items such as furniture and tropical huts, plants, and artifacts. The players can increase their level by certain number of experience points. They can also choose to expand their islands by buying from the Store.
As the mantra goes, "No man is an island", adding "Neighbors" can help the players level up through sending gifts, sharing gems, fruits, or building items and granting requests. Players can visit their neighbors to collect coins or treasures from their neighbor's Treasure Chest, to collect gems, and even to help in certain tasks. When a player is in the neighbor's island, a pop up message normally appears indicating the need of the neighbor. A player can collect gems and coins simply by clicking the gem tree and the treasure chest respectively.
In their home islands, players have access to maps, backpacks, tools, and store. Maps provide several islands and each islands have treasures that make up a collection. Finding those treasures and completing them offers rewards which are experience points, fruits, and coins.
When you are exploring islands and dig for treasure, your energy meter will decrease. For example, you lose 5 energy every time you dig a ground; you lose 10 energy when you mine a rock, and you lose 7 energy when you dig cut a plant or a tree. You can refill your energy meter by waiting for 5 minutes which is equivalent to 1 energy level; or by consuming fruits which you can get by either as gifts from friends or rewards while digging, after which you will gain 1 energy point. You can send fruits as gifts to your neighbors, and most likely, you can receive one as well. Each fruits available as gifts have corresponding energy level: pineapple has the biggest amount which gives off 25 energy; coconut has 20; mango has 15; banana has 10; and kiwi has 5.You can also grow your own fruit, which takes a varied amount of time (from 1 hour to 1 day). Another way to get energy is by asking your friends for an energy pack which will refill your energy meter. The request for energy pack is available daily. Or you may opt to purchase this energy pack from the store for 10 island cash. Moreover, you can level up easily by completely digging an island as it rewards additional points. Each increase on the level gains one additional energy in your total energy meter. Additionally, you can also get 1 energy added in your energy and energy meter each time you use an Energy Capsule.
You can add neighbors as with most Zynga games which will give you added benefits. Some islands require a set amount of neighbors for the player to access it, although the alternative is to pay cash to unlock the island.
One benefit of adding neighbors is that you can visit your neighbors daily and collect gems from their gem tree, providing that there are any left or you haven't picked any already, and you can also collect a treasure chest which is usually floating near the coast of their island and the player will receive a random amount of money.
Another benefit is that you can send and receive gifts from your neighbors. Whether it's that well required energy pack or a fruit or even a free gift, the player provides their own community in the game and can assist others by sending them treasures that they do not have.
The player also has the option to build up their own paradise on an island given to them when they start the game. This island can be customized by various items, like trees, plants, huts, or statues.
The player can gain money or cash by digging on islands in which case the player can find coins ranging from 100-150. When the player has some money, they may choose to save it up in order to buy an expansion to their home island or buy furniture in order to make the island more appealing. The decorations include items like plants, huts, animals and many more.
One of the default items are the Gem trees. This tree grows on the island and every day, the player can pick one gem off their own tree and share the others with friends. These gems can be used to unlock Gem gates on the many isle's which the game has to offer in the maps. Another default item is the treasure chest which is usually seen floating offshore and can be collected daily to gain coins. The treasure chest is defaulted almost off the screen so, if you wish it, can move it in so you can see it for next time you log in. The treasure chest can be upgraded for better rewards.
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