There are several Minigames within the Sandtail Desert locations. Participation in these quests is optional, but they unlock various mice that can't be caught otherwise, and allow hunters to collect Garden Essences at a faster rate. Each game appears as part of the Heads-up Display of the particular area, and involves the use of Charms that can only be purchased in that location. Each game also causes entries to be logged in the Hunter's Journal. It is possible to leave the location and hunt elsewhere, and have the same game state on return to the area.
The set of games are:
With the Living Garden Expansion on 14 January 2013, the twisted reality minigames also unlocked the ability to catch the Shattered Carmine, Dark Magi, and King Scarab boss mice, when hunting with a Shattering Charm.