Where's Waldo? HD - in Hollywood

Common Sense Media says

Seek-and-find adventure with a tad of movie-set violence.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Objects are large and easy to see on the iPad, although the scenes are so cluttered that the searches can still be quite challenging. Scenes are roughly nine times the size of the screen, so there is some scrolling. Players can also zoom in by pinching the screen, and receive a limited number of hints.

Violence & scariness

Cartoonish battle scenes depict a castle siege and ancient Greek battlefield with dead-looking soldiers. Numerous examples of accidents in progress: a car crash with the driver crunched against a broken windshield, men tripping on spilled fruit, cowboys firing guns. Some of the violence is meant to be "on screen," although it's hard to tell since the scenes are so chaotic.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

A link from the main menu leads to the app store page for Ludia's other Where's Waldo app - The Fantastic Journey.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Where's Waldo? HD - in Hollywood is a classic seek-and-find game that lets kids search for Waldo -- and various other people and objects -- inside 10 different Hollywood movie sets. There are a couple of epic battle scenes, but the violence is meant to be on-screen within the movie being acted by actors. This app features a two-player mode where both players search on the same screen to earn the most points.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Arts

  • film

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • effort

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Engaging design reels students in as they explore 10 classic movie sets during the seek-and-find games. Kids will have fun finding objects and characters, especially Waldo, a well-known character that many kids will know from his books.

Learning Approach

The seek-and-find games are filled with tiny visuals that kids must scan to find particular objects or people. This requires kids to put forth effort and practice perseverance. Three modes adapt the game to kids' preferred play style.

Support

Players can receive a limited number of hints. A two-player mode has both players search on the same screen to earn the most points. User profiles save individual scores.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Arts

  • film

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • effort

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Kids can learn about different genres of movies as they practice observation and investigation skills on Where's Waldo? HD - in Hollywood. In typical Waldo style, this seek-and-find game is filled with tiny visual details (like a crowded Wild West saloon) that kids must scan to find particular objects or people. While they seek through the various movie set scenes, kids are also learning about movie genres. Just like the Where's Waldo books, Where's Waldo? HD - in Hollywood encourages kids to exercise their observation and investigation skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

First, parents can create a profile so their kid's individual scores can be saved among other players who use the app. Then choose "Story Mode," "vs Odlaw Mode," or "vs Player Mode." In Story Mode, kids play alone, seeking and finding objects, like in the Waldo books. In Odlaw Mode they race to search against a character, and in Player Mode they play against another real, in-person player. Then, it's as simple as choosing a scene to search, listening to or reading the directions, and looking!

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While Where's Waldo might not be the greatest fit on the tiny iPhone, the iPad suits this brand of chaotic seek-and-find fun beautifully. In WHERE'S WALDO? HD - IN HOLLYWOOD, kids explore 10 different classic movie sets while getting a Hollywood history lesson as some of Tinseltown's most famous genres are brought to life in the colorful, richly detailed style that the series is known for. Subtle animations, encouraging voice-overs, and unlockable mini-games round out the delightful package; and there's a multiplayer mode where two people compete to find the most items.

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage kids to persevere if they cannot find any of the objects or characters right away. This packed seek-and-find game takes patience and effort.

  • If you see an object or character that your kid needs to find, offer a hint as to where it's located.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:February 28, 2011
Category:Family Games
Size:168.00 MB
Publisher:Ludia
Version:1.0.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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