Where's Waldo? HD - in Hollywood

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Seek-and-find adventure with a tad of movie-set violence.

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Educational Value

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.

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.

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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

What 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.

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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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For kids who love puzzles

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