When you first come to Treasure Trooper's website it looks fun and almost like a game.
That made me curious to test the site to see what it really offers.
So is Treasure Trooper legit and a fun way to make some money or a scam to stay away from?
As the title of this review suggests, I can reveal already now that you should not be fooled by the fun look of the website and join just because it looks fun.
There are some things you need to know before joining. This does not mean it cannot be worth it but you just need to know exactly what to expect.
I will go over all these aspects and give you an inside look in this Treasure Trooper review, so you by the end of it will know exactly what to expect and whether it is worth it for you to join or not.
- What is Treasure Trooper and what does the site offer?
- Is it a cartoon game or a reward portal?
- How do you get paid? It's complicated
- How much money can you make on Treasure Trooper?
- Can you use it on your mobile?
- Who can join Treasure Trooper?
- Can you get support?
- Final verdict
What is Treasure Trooper and what does the site offer?
Treasure Trooper is a site where you can earn some extra money by participating in different online offers. As it has quite a lot of ways to earn, it is called a GPT sites (Get-Paid-To).
Let me reveal right away that it is a legit site, as it is free to join, and I have not seen any real complaints about people not getting paid, etc.
This does however not mean that Treasure Trooper is worth joining. Before deciding whether it is a site you want to spend your time on, there are some important things you need to know.
For example, what earning methods the site offers, and how much money you can make there. Let's start with the earning methods.
Treasure Trooper has a lot of different options, but this can be quite confusing.
So I have created a video tutorial that gives you a guided tour so you can see exactly what it offers and how to use it. You can also read all the details below if you prefer reading:
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Option 1 – Cash surveys:
There are quite a few paid surveys you can do on Treasure Trooper. But as with everything on Treasure Trooper, it is overly complicated and not just a simple list with the available surveys.
There are three main ways to do surveys:
- Through what is called Study Storm
- Through Survey Seeker
- 6 daily surveys.
By clicking on Study Storm or Survey Seeker, you get access to a list of different surveys. Be aware that the first time you click, you have to fill out some additional personal details and it takes 24 hours to set up, so you cannot start taking the surveys right away.
Then there is the daily surveys section. This are 6 surveys you can do every day.
These pay cash and as Treasure Trooper says itself, it can make you around $4.25 a day, which is approximately $127 a month – this is in theory, however.
There is no guarantee that you will be able to qualify for all the surveys so do not get too excited about this number.
If you do the daily surveys, you will also be able to earn some dragon scales on top of the cash. Yes – I said dragon scales. As mentioned, everything on Treasure Trooper is a bit complicated and confusing, but I will get to the dragons and the dragon scales later:-)
Option 2 – Cash offers:
These are offers where you can earn cash by doing a number of things online. Some of these offers require you to purchase something and then you will get some cash back into your Treasure Trooper account.
And then there is also an offer when you first join, where you can get a small reward for registering in the Treasure Trooper forum.
However, most of the offers you can find on this wall are additional surveys. The surveys here do just not pay as much.
Some of them do not even pay in cash but in Dragon scales instead.
So depending on the offers or surveys you take there, it is not necessarily as such a way to earn.
Option 3 – Use the Treasure Trooper Search:
You can open a search tab and use Treasure Trooper's search to do the online searches you do anyway.
This will not be something that you can earn cash doing, but you can potentially earn some free arrowheads. Yes, I know – another strange concept.
I will go more into details later, but in short, arrowheads are something you can use to buy for example dragon scales:-).
Treasure Trooper encourages you to make their search engine your default. This is something I would personally not do.
I find that the regular search engines (like for example Google) give way better results. But if you really want to earn free arrowheads, it can be a way to do this without too much extra effort.
Option 4 – Get cashback when shopping:
Cashback options are usually something I think is a great option on GPT sites as you can earn cashback when you shop online. So it can be a way to earn when you spend money you would spend anyway.
Treasure Trooper also has a cashback section – according to themselves with access to hundreds of brand stores.
However, I must say I am not impressed with this option.
At the moment of updating this review, there are only 51 stores available and they do not have some of the biggest brands and offers there. So you have to be lucky to find relevant stores there for you compared to on the best cashback sites where you can get access to thousands of online shops.
But if you happen to find a shop you are using anyway, then it can be a way to earn a bit.
Option 5 – Watch videos:
There is a portal that gives you access to quite a lot of videos you can watch and earn by doing this.
It can be videos about Hollywood stars, food videos, viral videos, movie trailers and more. There are different categories you can choose from.
Like the searches, this is not something that will earn you cash.
You will earn 1 arrowhead every time you have watched 17 minutes of video. So not really a lot to get, and only something worth doing, if it is videos you want to watch anyways. Otherwise, it is definitely not worth the time, in my opinion.
Option 6 – Grow a dragon:
So this is the part where Treasure Trooper is very different from any other survey site and online reward portal I have tested.
I mentioned above that you can earn dragon scales. Dragon scales are used to buy dragon eggs and also to buy a lot of different accessories you need to grow and train a dragon once it has been hatched.
Why would you do that you might ask?
Well, that is a good question. But you can grow and train your dragon and then sell it. According to Treasure Trooper, there is a unique dragon that can even give you up to $100.
I would however not recommend relying on this as it is highly unlikely you will get that dragon. You will also have to spend a lot of time earning dragon scales, arrowheads, etc, to grow your dragon, so only really worth it, if you find it very entertaining and do it as a game.
But even if that is the case, I would say there are better online games out there:-).
Option 7 – Facebook app:
Treasure Trooper has a Facebook app/game – or they used to have it. At the moment of updating this review, it seems it is not available anymore. But I am not sure if it is permanently it will not be available.
If it starts working againg, you can install the app on your Facebook page and connect it to your Treasure Trooper account.
If you choose to use this option, be aware that the app will post Treasure Tropper updates on your profile with your accomplishments.
You can customize which updates you want to have posted, so remember to do this, if you decide to install the facebook app.
Otherwise, you might end up spamming your own personal Facebook profile with Treasure Trooper updates, which might be a bit annoying for both you and your friends.
Option 8 – Extra options:
Treasure Trooper also has some other elements. They are however all built around the same earning principles that I have explained above.
You can, for example, go to an arrowhead dig site. This is a place where you can take offers and do surveys, but only to earn arrowheads.
Then there is also the chance to use some of your earnings on pages for a journal or for parts of a treasure map. These will supposedly eventually lead you to treasures – it is however not mentioned what the size of the treasures will be.
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Is it a cartoon game or a reward portal?
As you can see above, Treasure Trooper has a lot of different options on the site. Also, to such a degree that it becomes more confusing than fun, in my opinion.
Another aspect that can make it confusing for some and maybe entertaining for others is the cartoon-like graphics on the site. It is almost like being part of a cartoon, and the atmosphere reminds me of a mix of the Indiana Jones movies and Tomb Raider.
Even though I like these movies, I personally think this is a bit annoying in this context and more distracting than fun. But that is, of course, a matter of preferences.
Once you are a member, you will be guided by Clara – a character that looks very similar to Lara Croft from Tomb Raider and the name is even similar.
It almost seems like the site is trying to take you into that adventure world so you will get caught up in the tasks and forget about calculating what you are actually earning.
Every time you visit a new section on the website for the first time, Clara will pop up and give you a small present in the form of for example dragon scales, arrowheads, etc. This is a nice start, but also just a way to get you hooked.
Personally, I do not like the cartoon look of the site and find it more confusing than fun. Especially because it is also has a bit outdated look.
But it is a very good distraction, so if you join, just be careful not to get caught up in the adventure world. If you want to join to make money on surveys, there are survey sites that are a lot easier to use and with a lot fewer distractions.
How do you get paid? It's complicated
Now you have a good idea about what you can do on Treasure Trooper, and how you can earn. Then what can you do with your earnings?
This is another aspect that is a bit complicated. As you can earn several different kinds of rewards and not only cash, you can also use it for different purposes. But let's start with the cash.
Some surveys and offers give cash rewards. You can get the cash in two ways. Either by PayPal or check. PayPal is however only possible if you live in the US or Canada.
Very strange that PayPal cannot be used for other countries. There are many sites that offer rewards through PayPal all over the world, but unfortunately, this is not the case for Treasure Trooper.
So if you do not live in a few select countries, you can only get paid in check. Be aware that there are often high costs in relation to cashing in a foreign check and costs for currency conversions, so it can be an expensive way to get your rewards. It is, however, the only way, for many countries.
The surveys and offers that do not give cash can give arrowheads, gold coins, platinum coins, or dragon scales. It is very difficult to figure out what these rewards are actually worth.
A part of the reason for this is that you have to use them to for example grow a dragon hoping that you will be able to sell it later.
It is quite complicated what these rewards can be used for. Let me give you a few examples. Gold coins can be used to get parts of a treasure map or journal pages.
Arrowheads can be exchanged for platinum coins or dragon scales. You need 20 arrowheads to get 1 dragon scale, and you need 15 dragon scales to get an egg, which is the first step in growing a dragon.
The platinum coins can be exchanged to gift cards to for example Amazon, eBay, virtual Visa, or some other gift cards. You get a $20 gift card for Amazon for 20 platinum cards. You can exchange cash into the different virtual currencies, but you can not exchange any of the virtual currencies into cash.
As you can see, it is quite confusing to figure out what you actually earn and how to use the different rewards. Personally, I would just go for the cash surveys, and not be bothered about any of the other rewards. But if you think the game aspect is really fun, it can be an option.
How much money can you make on Treasure Trooper?
It is really difficult to say how much money you can make on Treasure Trooper. The whole site is in general made in a very distracting way that makes it difficult to figure out what you get for your efforts, in my opinion.
In a way, it is clever as it can take you into an adventure world, where you are chasing treasures and forgetting about how little you actually get for your efforts.
And it is very difficult to figure out because you can trade the different rewards for each other, get treasure maps, get dragon eggs, get training equipment, food, etc. for your dragon.
So I would say that you should not expect to make very much money on Treasure Trooper, but you can end up spending a lot of time.
If you just focus on the cash surveys, it can, however, give you a bit of extra money on the side.
Can you use it on your mobile?
There is no Treasure Trooper app for your phone. But you can login on your phone and use it.
It is however confusing enough on the computer, so, even more, confusing on a small screen, so not something I would recommend doing.
The platform is, therefore, best to use on a desktop computer or potentially on a tablet.
Who can join Treasure Trooper?
No matter what country you are from, you can join Treasure Trooper as long as you are 13 years old.
In a way, it is great you can join no matter where you are from, but one aspect that is not great is that you can only get paid by check unless you are from a few select countries.
So if you are not from one of these countries, this is something you have to consider before joining. When you sign up, you can select whether you want to get paid by check or PayPal.
If PayPal is not an option when you sign up, it is because it is not available in your country (which it probably will not be unless you live in the US or Canada).
In some countries, banks charge high fees to exchange foreign checks, and some countries do not accept them at all.
So you have to look into this before joining, so you do not end up spending a lot of time earning, only to find out banks in your country do not accept these checks, or that it will cost you half of your rewards to have it exchanged.
However, you can then choose to get some of the gift cards they also have as rewards.
So in theory Treasure Trooper is open to all countries, but for many countries, it is not a good option because the payout options are confusing and not very flexible.
Can you get support?
If you can get in contact with support, is an important aspect for any service.
I have contacted Treasure Trooper's support through the support system on the website when I first joined.
And I did get an answer within 24 hours, so that is a good sign. It is always good to know that there is a way to get in contact with a survey company in case there should be any problems with your account, or if you have any questions that are not answered in the forum or the FAQ section.
From the above, you can probably figure out that I am not super excited about Treasure Trooper for several reasons.
But let's finish this review by summing up the pros and cons so you can get a better overview before deciding if it is for you or not.
- Can be fun to use as a game
- Quite good amount of survey opportunities
- Not user-friendly at all
- Many distractions
- Very time-consuming
- Confusing reward system
- PayPal only available in very few countries
Even though Treasure Trooper is a legit site in the sense that it is free to join, and you can make a bit of money on it, it is not a site I recommend.
Only if you like the adventure game atmosphere, but then you should join mainly to take part in the gaming aspect, and not because you want to make money.
The site is too confusing and has too many time-consuming features that do not really make you any money but are more distractions in my opinion.
If you want to make some extra money doing paid surveys, there are many sites that give better earning opportunities.
So if your main goal is to make some money while giving your opinion and doing other online micro-tasks, you should join some of these instead, and not waste too much time on training a dragon or looking for arrowheads on Treasure Trooper.
If you have any comments, questions, or have any experiences with Treasure Trooper yourself, I would love to hear from you in a comment below.
14 thoughts on “Treasure Trooper Review: Don’t be Fooled by the Cover”
Disagree with star ratings… from a daily user who has seen the site grow over the years.
This site is *at least* average even if you don’t like the theming. The other sites get very stale after awhile.
I have to step up to bat because this site is awesome and people are just commenting saying thanks, they wont support this business now. This is one of the last small, family owned ones left out there.
TT has the most surveys of any site I’ve seen. You have to raise your quality score to qualify for the big ones.
tbh as you do all the gpts, you will find out other sites are like the grocery stores with one item or survey that pays out a little more but a ref program that pays 5% instead of 20%, and then everything else pays about the same. I think you pay for it elsewhere.
And then these other places, they dont even come close to matching TT’s monthly contests or side incentives imho. Freebies galore every day. Chat parties with lots of freebies every week. I have to say from the actual loyal user perspective, I think these star ratings are unfair.
I like to win contests and participate in the daily team goals, though. If this reviewer didn’t experience the bonuses and community elements, I’m not sure they experienced the site.
Pays: I make about $80 a month in cash and gift cards, but there are people who stop in the chatroom to check their daily stats (you just type .day) and these guys make $20-30 every day from the Your Surveys wall. That aspect is like any other survey site. You just have to find it and grind it.
My two cents for people who just want to check it out: Don’t be fooled by this review.
I mean if you need proof, you dont need to ask random people: There is a payment proof section directly in the announcements on the website as soon as you log in for anybody who needs payment proof, screenshots from users of checks and Instant Paypals. We even get paid $.50 to submit payment screenshots.
Hope my fave gets an updated review. Sorry to all who miss out on this gem. Thanks for reading.
Thanks for sharing your opinion.
I have tested it thoroughly and think it has many more disadvantages than advantages – and this is based on having tested hundreds of similar sites. That does not mean it is not possible to earn on it but I share my experiences so people can take those into consideration and decide for themselves.
But experiences and opinions are different and that is also why I encourage people to leave their own experiences below any of my reviews. So thanks for taking the time to do that.
I’m A Returning Treasure Trooper After Taking A Long Break From Treasure Trooper And Cash Crate (When Cash Crate Had Surveys). Those Two Websites Were The Standouts 10+ Years Ago. A Combination Of Having 90% Of The Surveys On Each Website Completed And Burn-Out Setting In, I Decided To Quit Doing Surveys Altogether.
About A Week Ago, I Was Looking Through Old Check Stubs (Which I Didn’t Know I Had, I Thought I Trashed Them Years Ago), I Ran Across A Stub From Treasure Trooper. I Decided To See If Treasure Trooper Was Still An Active Website And It Was Still Up And Running.
I Had A Few Issues Logging In After Such A Long Vacation From Taking Surveys At Treasure Trooper, Which Was Expected (Password Issues). A Lot Has Changed In Regards To The Way Surveys Are Done Compared To My First Run With Treasure Trooper. I’m Learning What’s New And Relearning Navigating Treasure Trooper But I’m Picking It Up Quickly.
I Have Returned For A Week And Still Getting Use To Some New Features That Have Been Added So I Can’t Give A Truthful Rating So Quickly But Treasure Trooper Still Has A Nice Design. So Far, I Am Satisfied But I’m Giving It Some Time To Test Everything Treasure Trooper Has To Offer.
Thanks for sharing your experiences about this. Keep me updated about how it goes.
And also let me know if you want suggestions for sites that, in my experience, give better value for your time.