A $1 MILLION CHASE BY CD-ROM
IN THE 1980S, A BOOK called Masquerade led thousands of people on a treasure hunt across the British Isles. The book's fantasy tale was chock-full of written and graphic clues, which ultimately led determined readers to a prize made of solid gold. Now, Sirius Publishing is attempting to create a similar sensation with a family-oriented multimedia mystery tale called Treasure Quest. The grand prize: $1 million.
Treasure Quest, which retails for $50, will be packaged as a Windows-compatible CD-ROM disk containing text, graphics, sound, and video clips. Clues to the treasure are sprinkled throughout, with some designed to lead contestants into looking beyond their computer screens. The disk will include a Web browser, so contestants can tap into a Sirius Web site and share with other players their interpretations of clues. The CD-ROM, which was developed by Sirius under high security, is set to go on sale at 12:14 a.m. EST on Mar. 22--a fact that may itself be an important clue.
EDITED BY JOHN W. VERITY
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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