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If thereâ€™s one game that appeals to people of all ages, itâ€™s Whereâ€™s Waldo? Iâ€™m sure everyone, young and old, has experienced the joy of searching through a crowded illustration, in hopes of finding the Waldo figure. The iPhone version of the hit game is just as much fun as the classic book.
You can play the game one of two ways; by following the story, or choosing whatever level youâ€™d like to explore. Either way, the objectives are the same. In each world, youâ€™ll need to find several characters and objects before time runs out. A list of objects will remain visible so you always know what you are looking for. You can pan around the screen by sliding your finger across it. When you think youâ€™ve found something, simply tap on it to mark it off the list. The drawings are usually so large that you may lose your orientation and not know where youâ€™ve already searched. To help you with that, a small map in the upper left corner of the screen will guide you, and show you where your screen is focused on in the big picture. As you search, time will tick away, leaving you with less and less stars as a reward at the end.
The game really isnâ€™t all that challenging, especially for adults. The objects are sometimes very small and difficult to find, and the characters will look so similar to each other that it may take some time before you pick out the correct one. However, overall, the game is much more fun than challenging. Itâ€™s really not about trying to get the highest score. Itâ€™s just about the hunt. Thereâ€™s something about the hidden-objects genre that is very appealing to people. Whereâ€™s Waldo? isnâ€™t about graphics either. These images are all hand-drawn illustrations that really pay homage to the classic book series. They arenâ€™t anything spectacular, but thatâ€™s not what makes this game great. There are so many details hidden in each illustration that you could play it hundreds of times and still see something new each time.
Even though this game is enjoyable, there are some disappointing aspects of it. There is absolutely no social networking integration. It would be great if you could post your score to Twitter or Facebook. How about some multiplayer support to see who can find Waldo first? Also, there are no options to zoom out of the picture. You can only pan around with a fixed view. Lastly, there is no support for playing your own iPod music while you play through the game.
Regardless of the appâ€™s shortcomings, the game is absolutely a must-own for any fan of the Whereâ€™s Waldo? series. If somehow youâ€™ve never experienced it before, you really must. Go pick it up.
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