Quests are challenges presented in the game, each consisting of a varying number of tasks. Quests show up on the left hand side of a player's home desktop. These tasks may ask you to search for 5 items in sequence, followed by a 6th task to combine them into a collection. You may also be asked to find items unrelated to any known collections, or to investigate pictures in certain modes.
There are 4 main types of tasks that the player may be asked to perform - general, collection, one-off, or even advertising. Quests are typically initiated by opening new pictures on your desktop, or by reaching certain levels within the game. The majority of these quests comprise a series of tasks that continue until the last one in a series is completed, then it will disappear from your desktop.
General tasks Edit
Some quests may ask you to perform a general task in return for a reward of experience points, such as 'Explore five different locations in Morphs mode' (as pictured above) or 'Investigate Ghost Town in Night mode three times'. These tasks are not related to collections, but may either serve as part of the game's built-in tutorial to show a player how certain features, such as energy items or talismans, work, or merely to advance the game's backstory.
Collection tasks Edit
The vast majority of tasks in the game are related to collections. Typically, these tasks appear in sequences of 6. The first task asks the player to find the first item from the collection, the second task asks the player to find the second item from the collection, etc. until all 5 items needed to combine the collection have been found. The 6th task in the sequence is to combine the collection. From time to time, it is possible that the tasks may break the general order, or to skip between two different collections. The first couple of quests may be for items in one collection, with the next couple of quests to look for items in another collection, before returning to finish the first collection. Examples of Collection tasks are "The antique coin can be found in Buddha's Square" or "Scatter the anomaly 'Ghostly mirror' out of Japanese House to find an object".
One-Off Item tasks Edit
Some tasks ask the player to find items that do not belong to any collection, but merely help to advance the game's backstory. Some of these items will appear in the 'Different' tab of your Inventory once you win them, but they serve no purpose in the game and cannot be used. Others do not appear in any part of your inventory after you complete the quest. These one-off tasks are most commonly encountered in the earlier levels of the game, but a few do appear in the later levels of the game. These later one-off tasks are almost always related to the collection that preceded it. Examples of One-Off Item tasks are "Find the lost Mosaic Pieces by exploring magic pictures" or "Investigate the Mill in Pairs to find the Key to the Lock".
One-off item tasks are the Quest type that creates the most confusion among players who are new to the game. Since the vast majority of tasks relate to building collections, players come to expect that the item they are asked to win in a task belongs to a Collection in the game. When a player encounters a One-off item task, and then looks through the Collections list to find the item the task refers to, they will not find it since it does not actually belong to any Collection. There is no indication in the game that this task or the item the task asks the player to find is different to the more common Collection type tasks. If the task currently offered is for an item for which you cannot find any other reference to it within the game, there is a good chance that it is a One-Off Item task. You can check the List of One-Off Item Quests page below to see if the Quest is listed there (note that this page is a work in progress and not all One-Off Item Quests have been added yet). Note: There is at least one one-off item that has been confused with a nearly identical collection item (see the list linked below).
Advertising tasks Edit
At the beginning of a new game, players will be asked to do the developers job for them and advertise the game as part of the quests. These tasks are included in the main quests of the game (and count towards your quest total), but do come with an extra incentive of rewarding crystals for completion. Examples include liking the game on Facebook, or following the publisher (G5) on twitter. Clicking on the link in the task bubble will bring you to your device's web browser, where the log-in page for that particular social networking site will automatically load and you will be redirected to G5's page to complete the requirement of the quest. Sometimes just following the link a number of times will complete the quest for you, which is useful for people who do not want to have to create accounts for different social networking sites just to progress in a game. This practice of forced advertising being integrated into game progress is becoming increasingly common in free to play games produced by large publishing houses.
Badges of the Order Quests Edit
Of all the quests in the game, only two ask you to physically find and select objects hidden inside the pictures. These are the Badges of the Order Quests. Any other task that asks you to, for example, look in Illusionist's Room for the object actually means win a game in Illusionist's Room and you stand a chance of winning this item as a reward but the Badges of the Order are really hidden inside the pictures themselves, and must be found as extra bonus items within the pictures for the duration of the Badges of the Order Quests.
1st Badges of the Order Quest Edit
There are two Badges of the Order Quests. The first Quest appears very early on in the game, as one of the first big quests a new player will encounter. The Quest first appears as a regular quest with a golden border in a player's quest list on the left hand side of their Home Desktop. Once the quest is activated, the magnifying glass decoration on the top left hand side of the players Home Desktop will be replaced by the Badges of the Order box. The first Badges of the Order Quest requires the player to find 200 silver badges hidden within the different pictures. Once the quest begins, these silver badges can be found hidden within every picture in the game. Players collect them by finding them in the picture and tapping on them. You do not have to find the silver badge in a particular picture in order to win that picture investigation, and you do not have to find the 200 silver badges in a row. It does not matter which pictures you find the silver badges in.
Once a player has found the 200 silver badges for the first Badges of the Order quest, they can open the first Badges of the Order Box and collect their reward. To do this, the player must actually select the Box on their home desktop to bring up its info box. In this info box, the player must press the green 'open' button to open the Box and collect their reward. If a player does not do these, then the quest does not complete and the silver badges do not disappear from the Pictures. Instead, the player's badges total will reset to 199 every time they play a new picture, so that any silver badges they find will count as the 200th silver badge. This will continue indefinitely until the player opens the box on their Home Desktop and collects their reward.
The rewards for completing the first Badges of the Order Quest are:
|Reward Name||Reward Type||Amount Won|
|Leprechaun's Pot o' gold||Talisman||1|
|Super Winged Lightning||Talisman||1|
Once the player opens the 1st Badges of the Order box, then the quest completes, and the magnifying glass decoration returns to the top left corner of the players Home Desktop in place of the Badges of the Order box.
2nd Badges of the Order Quest Edit
The Tavern Update introduced a 2nd Badges of the Order quest into the game. Players downloading the Tavern Update found that the 2nd Badges of the Order quest began automatically after updating if they had already completed the 1st Badges of the Order quest earlier in their game. Players still working on the 1st Badges of the Order Quest needed to complete it before starting the 2nd Badges of the Order Quest.
For new players, starting since the Tavern Update was released, the 2nd Badges of the Order quest does not start automatically after the 1st quest is complete but, depending on the level of the player when completing the first Badges of the Order quest, usually starts within a few experience levels. The 2nd Badges of the Order Quest starts the same as the first, with a new Badges of the Order box appearing in the top left corner of the player's Home Desktop. To complete the second quest players must find 400 silver badges hidden within the pictures, in the same manner as when they collected 200 silver badges in the first quest. Again, the silver badges can be found in almost every picture in the game (including most pictures added by subsequent updates), and to complete the quest, players must physically open the 2nd Badges of the Order box by tapping on its icon on their Home Desktop and pressing 'open'. Once the player collects their rewards for opening the 2nd Box, it is replaced by the original magnifying glass decoration on their desktop.
The rewards for completing the second Badges of the Order Quest are:
|Reward Name||Reward Type||Amount Won|
|Scroll of Wisdom||Talisman||1|
The Halloween 2013 Update was also the first time a set of holiday challenges were introduced: players had a limited time period (a few weeks) in which to complete tasks in the Halloween Holiday Event. The rewards for completing these tasks, such as earning the Sphere of Miracles desktop award, were only available during this time period.
Holiday updates may have their own set of challenges that include quests designed to combine new collections added during the Holiday update into special artefacts. Holiday quests usually have special rewards that are only obtainable by completing the holiday quests in a set time period.
For a full list of Holiday and Non-Holiday Events that introduced new quests to the game please see the Timed Challenges page
Total Number of Unique Quests in the Game Edit
Because some quests are tied directly into one-off timed challenges, the total number of quests in the game will vary from player to player, depending on when they started their game, the latest game update installed on that player's device, and if they played during the different timed challenges. After an event's timer has run out, it is not possible to begin that event's challenge quest, but any quests not completed after an event has finished, or a subsequent update is installed, will remain on the desktop until the tasks within that challenge quest are completed. This means that the total number of possible tasks available to a player will depend on when they installed the game, and whether they participated in an event when it was active, and newer players will have a lower possible number of tasks than someone who started with one of the game's earlier versions.
As of the Magic Tour and Christmas Update (November 2016), there are potentially 3195 total quests in the game. 504 of these quests were part of previous timed challenges that are no longer available to new players, and 30 more belong to the Christmas 2016 timed challenges. With these 504 quests that new players cannot get from past timed challenges, a new player's maximum possible number of quests is 2691 not 3195 (2661 if starting after the Christmas 2016 timed challenge ends).
Quests currently not available in the game include:
|When||Event||Number of Tasks||Unavailable for...||Total Tasks possible for players who started after this event finished|
|October 2013||2013 Halloween Update Timed Challenge||24||Anyone who started playing after November 2013||3171|
|December 2013||2013 Christmas Update Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after January 2014||3141|
|February 2014||2014 Valentines Update Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after March 2014||3111|
|May 2014||2014 Tavern Update Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after June 2014||3081|
|October 2014||2014 Halloween Update Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after December 2014||3051|
|December 2014||2014 Christmas Update Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after January 2015||3021|
|July 2015||Travel Time Update Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after September 2015||2991|
|September 2015||Social Events Update Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after October 2015||2961|
|October 2015||Halloween 2015 Update Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after December 2015||2931|
|December 2015||2015 Christmas Update Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after January 2016||2901|
|March 2016||Mountain Vacation Update Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after April 2016||2871|
|April 2016||Spring Festival Update Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after May 2016||2841|
|June 2016||Celebration by the Bonfire Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after July 2016||2811|
|July 2016||Vacation by the Sea Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after August 2016||2781|
|September 2016||Harvest Festival Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after October 2016||2751|
|October 2016||Halloween 2016 Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after November 2016||2721|
|November 2016||Magic Tour Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after November 2016||2691|
|December 2016||Christmas 2016 Timed Challenge||30||Anyone who started playing after December 2016||2661|
Each of the set of quests from past timed challenges, that are no longer available in the game, are Collection tasks (as described above). This means there are 89 Collections in the game that new players will not be asked to collect and combine (i.e. they may win these items when investigating pictures, but they will not be asked to find these items, nor combine them into collections).
These Collections are:
|Count||Collection||Event it belonged to|
|1||Halloween mood||2013 Halloween Update Timed Challenge|
|2||Halloween decorations||2013 Halloween Update Timed Challenge|
|3||Halloween fuss||2013 Halloween Update Timed Challenge|
|4||Halloween facade||2013 Halloween Update Timed Challenge|
|5||Christmas decorations||2013 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|6||Symbols of the holidays||2013 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|7||Christmas delicacy||2013 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|8||Irreplaceable assistants||2013 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|9||Christmas hero||2013 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|10||Holiday Traditions||2014 Valentines Update Timed Challenge|
|11||Valentine's Card||2014 Valentines Update Timed Challenge|
|12||Long-Awaited Date||2014 Valentines Update Timed Challenge|
|13||Enamored Presents||2014 Valentines Update Timed Challenge|
|14||Hearts||2014 Valentines Update Timed Challenge|
|15||Favorite heroines||2014 Tavern Update Timed Challenge|
|16||Favorite heroes||2014 Tavern Update Timed Challenge|
|17||Beautiful bracelets||2014 Tavern Update Timed Challenge|
|18||Megalopolises||2014 Tavern Update Timed Challenge|
|19||Elegant hats||2014 Tavern Update Timed Challenge|
|20||Halloween puppets||2014 Halloween Update Timed Challenge|
|21||Halloween toys||2014 Halloween Update Timed Challenge|
|22||Halloween snacks||2014 Halloween Update Timed Challenge|
|23||Pumpkin soup||2014 Halloween Update Timed Challenge|
|24||Invitations||2014 Halloween Update Timed Challenge|
|25||Christmas cake||2014 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|26||Christmas ornaments||2014 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|27||Christmas candles||2014 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|28||Dancing elves||2014 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|29||Gingerbread Ornaments||2014 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|30||Beach gear||Travel Time Update Timed Challenge|
|31||Skin protection||Travel Time Update Timed Challenge|
|32||Seashells||Travel Time Update Timed Challenge|
|33||Beach postcards||Travel Time Update Timed Challenge|
|34||Nutritious salad||Travel Time Update Timed Challenge|
|35||Invitation postcards||Social Events Update Timed Challenge|
|36||Jewelry pendants||Social Events Update Timed Challenge|
|37||Ice Statues||Social Events Update Timed Challenge|
|38||Caesar Salad||Social Events Update Timed Challenge|
|39||Watermelon smoothie||Social Events Update Timed Challenge|
|40||Theatrical makeup||Halloween 2015 Update Timed Challenge|
|41||Pirate's Costume||Halloween 2015 Update Timed Challenge|
|42||Vampire's bride||Halloween 2015 Update Timed Challenge|
|43||Wizard's costume||Halloween 2015 Update Timed Challenge|
|44||Preparations for the party||Halloween 2015 Update Timed Challenge|
|45||Present for Alfred||2015 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|46||Present for Howard||2015 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|47||Present for Christy||2015 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|48||Christmas Atmosphere||2015 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|49||Christmas parfait||2015 Christmas Update Timed Challenge|
|50||Cozy fireplace||Mountain Vacation Update Timed Challenge|
|51||Fun in the Snow||Mountain Vacation Update Timed Challenge|
|52||Cheese fondue||Mountain Vacation Update Timed Challenge|
|53||Mountain peaks||Mountain Vacation Update Timed Challenge|
|54||Dog sled||Mountain Vacation Update Timed Challenge|
|55||Tea ceremony||Spring Festival Update Timed Challenge|
|56||Garden equipment||Spring Festival Update Timed Challenge|
|57||Blooming garden||Spring Festival Update Timed Challenge|
|58||Japanese garden||Spring Festival Update Timed Challenge|
|59||Traditional Japanese clothing||Spring Festival Update Timed Challenge|
|60||Legendary objects||Celebration by the Bonfire Timed Challenge|
|61||Diary of legendary Explorers||Celebration by the Bonfire Timed Challenge|
|62||Notes about the lost expedition||Celebration by the Bonfire Timed Challenge|
|63||Collection of rarities||Celebration by the Bonfire Timed Challenge|
|64||Collection of clues||Celebration by the Bonfire Timed Challenge|
|65||A place in the sun||Vacation by the Sea Timed Challenge|
|66||Ice tea||Vacation by the Sea Timed Challenge|
|67||Mysterious poster||Vacation by the Sea Timed Challenge|
|68||Beach volleyball||Vacation by the Sea Timed Challenge|
|69||Summer Festival||Vacation by the Sea Timed Challenge|
|70||Happy farmer||Harvest Festival Timed Challenge|
|71||Vegetable crop||Harvest Festival Timed Challenge|
|72||Abundant harvest||Harvest Festival Timed Challenge|
|73||Staff of fertility||Harvest Festival Timed Challenge|
|74||Harvest festival||Harvest Festival Timed Challenge|
|75||Tricky treats||Halloween 2016 Timed Challenge|
|76||Abandoned park||Halloween 2016 Timed Challenge|
|77||Mysteries of history||Halloween 2016 Timed Challenge|
|78||Spirits' carousel||Halloween 2016 Timed Challenge|
|79||Carnival costumes||Halloween 2016 Timed Challenge|
|80||Train ticket||Magic Tour Timed Challenge|
|81||Radiotelegraph||Magic Tour Timed Challenge|
|82||Morse code||Magic Tour Timed Challenge|
|83||Luxury Express||Magic Tour Timed Challenge|
|84||Engineer's uniform||Magic Tour Timed Challenge|
|85||Antique card||Christmas 2016 Timed Challenge|
|86||Card tree||Christmas 2016 Timed Challenge|
|87||Christmas cake||Christmas 2016 Timed Challenge|
|88||Mysterious present||Christmas 2016 Timed Challenge|
|89||Christmas sleigh||Christmas 2016 Timed Challenge|
However, just because a player will not get quests related to these particular collections, it doesn't mean that they cannot combine them. These collections can be combined just like any other collection in the game, once a player has at least 1 of each item in the collection and right combining elements. Some of the above collections are quite easy to collect and combine since their items can be won through playing different Hidden Object Pictures in the game. Others cannot be won by playing Hidden Object Pictures, but players will find that over time they will find the items through random drops while playing the game (i.e. as random drops when visiting friends]]; or from the Collector's desktop award; or from opening Pandora's Chests) so even these collections can still be combined even though the quests for them are no longer available in the game. For details on where to find items from different Collections in the game, see the List of Collection Item Locations page.
Note: The months stated in the 'unavailable for..' column are merely a guide, and the total quests may slightly differ from player to player. This is because although the timed challenges themselves usually start with a 20-30 day timer, many of the challenges had extensions applied to their timers. The extensions varied in length, and some of the challenges received more than one extension. Additionally, since the updates releases were staggered across platforms, the timers for some challenges expired on a later date on some platforms than others (typically, Kindle devices received the updates much later than iOS devices, so the timer expired a few weeks later on Kindle devices than on iOS devices). So, depending on the type of device you use, you may still have had the opportunity to play some of the timed challenges if you started in the month stated in the 'unavailable for..' column.
In some cases, a player may have completed some, but not all, of the challenge quests before the main challenge timer expires. In the past, the quests may have been cut off without option to complete them, leaving them at some intermediate number of unique quests possible. More recent updates have been somewhat more forgiving, but once the event’s timer runs out, the special item needed to investigate that event's picture is typically restricted to certain pictures (usually two), allowing players to continue earning special items needed to finish the challenge quests and obtain the artefact. Usually, when the next update is installed, the special item requirement for the previous event's featured picture is removed and replaced with a significantly higher energy requirement. Players with unfinished challenge quests may still continue these tasks to completion, but likely at a slower pace due to the higher energy requirement. New players beginning a game at that point will only see the previous picture as a 'high level' picture with no special quests attached when they eventually open it.
Note 2: some players will show slightly more than the maximum quests available when viewing their stats in the top 1000 list as occasionally repeat quests will count in the top 1000. They have not had extra quests that are unavailable to other players, they simply have had some quests repeated. Additionally, occasionally automatically completed quests will not count for a player in the top 1000 list. This is because all top 1000 categories are inconsistent and prone to glitches.
Repeat Quests Edit
Some players may encounter repeat quests in the game. Repeat quests are not the 'general' type of task (you will be asked to 'investigate Ghost Town in Night mode 3 times' on a few occasions, for example), but in these cases, they are counted as unique tasks within the game.
However, glitches in the game do cause some collection quests and one-off item quests to repeat and these are real repeat quests. Not every player will experience repeat quests, as they are both related to general glitches but also player-specific crashes. Some players may never encounter a repeat quest, some will encounter only 6 (replaying a single collection sequence quest of finding 5 items and combining the collection) and other players may have up to a thousand repeat quests if their game crashes and they continue to play the crashed game and need to replay all the quests they had previously completed.
Repeat quests will count towards the Taken To Task desktop award counter, allowing players to have more than 2485 quests according to the counter in the Awards section of their game. However, they usually will not count towards the finders section of the top 1000 players. Only unique quests completed by the player will appear in this list when other players look at it. However, a glitch in the game means a player will see their position in the top 1000 as if the repeat quests are being counted.
This can be quite confusing, and means that many players will see themselves as number 1 in the top 1000 finders section. However, they will appear much lower down the list in the top 1000 when any other player in the game sees them. For example, if a player started the game after the 2014 Christmas Update, and has completed 2400 unique quests, but due to a partial game crash has also replayed 500 of those quests (500 repeat quests), they will see 2900 quests completed in the awards section of the game and will see themselves as number 1 in the top 1000 finders with 2900 quests. All 2900 quests they see in the awards section will count towards the Taken to Task award, so they will have the green award (level 7, for completing 2000 quests) and will be working towards the next level of the Taken to Task award (level 8, complete 5000 quests). However, the player will only have 2400 unique quests completed so the player will only have 2400 quests completed in the top 1000 finders when it is viewed from other games, and all other players in the game will not even see them in the top 1000 finders (the 1000th player currently has 2448 quests completed) and their friends will only see 2400 quests when they sort their top 1000 list by 'friends only'.
This means you can never really tell how many quests a player has completed in total (including repeats) by looking at their stats in the top 1000 or your friends list, as you will only see their total unique quests completed not the repeat quests they have also completed.
This is why you will also occasionally see a player in top 1000 list that have the green level 7 Taken to Task award (gained for completing 2000 quests) even though their player info will show that they have less than 2000 quests completed. They have actually completed more than 2000 quests while playing the game, but many of those quests are repeats, probably indicating that the player had a partial game crash at some point and started over without deleting the game and starting a completely new game.
- Receiving an item as a gift from a friend that is needed for a quest will complete the quest when you accept the gift. Use your wish list to enlist your friends' help with particularly stubborn quests.
- If a quest asks for a specific item from a collection and you have 1 or more of each item in that collection, then combining the collection will complete that specific quest. The next quest will still be for the next item in the collection, and you will need to combine the collection again to skip that quest, but the quest to combine the collection will auto-complete once you reach it.
- The quests will automatically sort themselves based on when each series was last updated (but if a timed challenge is underway, that event's quest will always be on top, and in a differently-colored frame). Occasionally, after visiting a friend's desktop, the quests will be found sorted in a different order - in this state, the oldest series of quests will be at the bottom and the newest at the top. This can be useful if you have a large number of quests and want to work to reduce it to a manageable number.