This is a fun game for all ages. It is the same Waldo that we all grew up with. The game is challenging at times when you can't find certain objects. The only drawback is that once you know where everything is, it doesn't become challenging anymore. I finished the game in a few short hours and feel satisfied. it's not one of those games you keep playing over and over.
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This game is very similiar to the books, so if you're familiar with them then you should pretty much know what to expect. The levels all keep the feel of the books and range from a town with giants, undersea, a witch's area, a battle in a forest and so on.
There are three basic modes in story mode, the traditional Where's Waldo where you start by finding Waldo, Wenda, and the Wizard by searching the entire image. Then you'll need to find other items or images which are displayed on the top screen like 5 cats or different characters in the image. What you need to find is displayed on the top screen. However when finding these things the game sections off a portion of the image so it's not ridiculously hard finding the guy shooting an arrow a certain way or something. If you play on easy the sectioned off portion is even smaller (too small in my opinion).
The second mode is a "What's different between the two pictures" game. You need to find 10 differences between the image on the top screen and image on bottom screen. This is the only mode that presents any challenge as I got stuck finding the last difference a few times for a few minutes.
And the third mode is helping Wenda find the square area where she took a photo in the image. This is the easiest mode.
The controls are spot on, nothing wrong with them. You can slide the screen with the stylus or with the D Pad. Touch the screen when you've found an item. If you just randomly touch the screen the game does a good job of recognizing that and it really isn't affective and also dizzy birds will appear on screen and you need to touch them all to start again.
There isn't much to the story really though, and the game is short, but if you enjoyed the books you're likely to enjoy this for the short amount of time it takes to beat it. Also after the credits there are two extra levels.
My son who is 9 really enjoyed the game. He zipped through it in two days. The only issue he had (and consequently we as parents had) was that the graphics were so tiny it was hard to spot some of the differences. Overall, it was fun.