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Italian game blends tourism, treasure hunt

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In case you missed this New York Times blog post, Italian touring game Whaiwhai is combining tourism and treasure hunt for a fresh alternative to the traditional walking tour.

The game seemingly channels "The Da Vinci Code," weaving fictional stories about searches for lost artifacts with common sight-seeing attractions in Italian cities. Four "guides" are currently available:  Florence, Rome, Venice and Verona.

Whaiwhai, which means "to search for" in Maori, was manufactured by Italian game developer Log607;  SelectItaly.com is now offering the game in both English and Italian for $33.75. A  $75.95 kit provides a game book, city map and an Italian SIM card - all necessary for the interactive game, which sends codes via SMS to a number in your game book. 

So, what do you think? Is this something you would try?