|Urban games and other forms of field games, such as Questing, are innovative ideas for
presentation, disclosure and interpretation of natural and cultural heritage. The results of
the survey presented in the study show that soon urban games can become an alternative
to a traditional guided sightseeing of an urban area. There may be several reasons for such
a choice: an interesting way of exploring a city, aspects of play and physical activity, better
memorization of information, as well as the possibility of being independent from guide’s
preferences, self-activity and taking the paths other than the ones which are popular among
A well-prepared urban game is a part of the particular trend in tourism based on entertainment,
emotions, education and engagement (4×e). Players become active participants in the
adventure directed by the organizers, however, they solve the tasks using their own ideas
and variants of routes.
In Poland, urban games are used mainly in cognitive and business tourism based on
integration parties and team building activities. The current offer of urban games on the
tourism market in our country is limited. Examples of this particular form of sightseeing have
been observed mostly in the biggest Polish cities. By monitoring the availability of individual
events, their constant changing and adjusting to customers’ preferences can be noticed.
The growing number of urban games introduced in Poland is not followed by the increase
in tourists’ awareness that it is possible to use this form of city sightseeing. The source of
knowledge about urban games is mainly the information provided by other people, as well
as the Internet.