Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey

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Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Waldo: now concealed on a much smaller screen.

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Ease of Play

The kids' mode fits the crowd scene on one screen and is very easy. Normal mode requires searching a scrollable area roughly 25 times the size of the screen and is much harder. An embedded navigation thumbnail shows where you are in the scene but this mode is challenging and Woof the dog only shakes his head and whines when tapped for hints.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoonish medieval battle scenes, feet kicking in a pot of boiling water, severed fingers.

Sexy Stuff

One link in the app launches a full-page ad for another Ludia game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this classic object-finding game is as fun for kids as ever but make sure to have it in kid mode for younger children so everything fits on one screen. Also, there are a few weird objects like severed fingers and some medieval battle scenes.

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Is it any good?

This eighties classic was hardly created with the iPhone in mind, but Where's Waldo still manages to be fun to play on a tiny screen. Kids must find the famous red-and-white shirt and other objects in 12 richly illustrated worlds. There are giants, unicorns, flying carpets and, of course, hundreds of peasants engaged in epic feasts and battles. Spot animations enliven the otherwise static crowd scenes and characters offer spoken praise as kids find objects.

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