Professor Jonathon Faulkner has died, leaving an inheritance of $1,000,000 to the first of his students who can solve the mystery he created in his 10-room mansion. In fact, the first player of this game who submits the correct solution to the game's publisher will receive one million real dollars!
As you explore each room of the mansion, Terry Farrell ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") appears in a video clip to give you some clues and insight to the room's mystery. Words and phrases are hidden in each room in the form of word search puzzles, cryptograms, fill-in-the-blank puzzles, or even more subtle forms involving musical and audio clues, and pictures. These words and phrases fit together to form a quote. After finding the quote from each of the ten rooms, an ultimate solution must be deciphered and submitted, along with the ten quotes, to win the prize.
According to the publisher, the $1,000,000 prize was won by P. Dreizen of San Francisco, California, in May of 1998.
The "outcome" of this game is steeped in controversy.
In Mid-1998, Sirius Corporation released a statement that the $1,000,000 prize was won. They posted the solution to the game on their website. A person by the name of P. Dreizen won the game and the cash prize. But a lot of the people that played the game seriously doubt that the person exists. No photos were taken, no publicity shots. In fact a few weeks after the game concluded, the Official TreasureQuest website was taken offline.
People think that the person "P. Dreizen" is actually an anagram of "End Prize". And many of the people that collaborated online wonder why the person never showed up to discussions or participated in the chatrooms. They believe a game of such complexity couldn't solve in by themselves.
Paul Wigowsky from Oregon, a person involved in a pending (as of 1998) consumer fraud lawsuit against Sirius Corp, stated, "Unless we see the winner with our own eyes, we won't believe it's over."
In July of 1999, the court dismissed the case, but it seems there was a Judgement/Award given in the before the final dismissal.
Treasure Quest comes packaged with a separate audio CD containing the game's complete soundtrack. The songs on the soundtrack were all written by Jody Marie Gnant, the daughter of Sirius Publishing's CEO, Richard Gnant.
Computer Gaming World
November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #25 Worst Game of All Time