A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
In between puzzle levels, there are short stories based on classic tales like Goldilocks and Peter Pan. In the Peter Pan story, for example, an altruistic message comes across as Peter steals from the rich and gives to the poor.
Positive Role Models
As the hero in the Peter Pan levels, Peter Pan is presented as a positive role model for players. However, this game is more about the puzzles; all of the stories remain in the background and are not integral to the game.
Ease of Play
There are three different levels of difficulty, so players of any skill level can have an engaging experience, but one of the biggest selling points for this game is that the concept is universally graspable. Players are tasked with finding the differences between two images that look identical but have very slight and very specific discrepancies. Because of the intuitive touch-screen controls in which players simply tap on any part of either picture that's different, it's easy for anyone to pick up and play.
Violence & Scariness
There is one set of puzzles with a Robin Hood motif. In between these puzzles there are story scenes presented in the form of digital comic books and in one scene, Robin Hood is bonked on the head with the word "Ka-pow!" appearing on the screen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Photo Phantasy is an elementary puzzle game in which players try to figure out what is different between two seemingly identical pictures. This is a time-tested visual puzzle genre that has been around since before the days of video games. It has been seen in children's magazines for decades, and this video game adaptation is easy to control and playable for gamers of any age. The game sets itself apart from others like it because of its themed levels based on Peter Pan and Goldilocks, which makes it a bit more enjoyable than a random collection of puzzles. There are also stories that unfold as players progress through the puzzles, providing them an incentive to go through each one.
Is It Any Good?
The core gameplay in Photo Phantasy has been seen time and time again. It is not a revolutionary game, but because of the tried and true puzzle format that makes up the experience, it is a surefire fun for players looking for a casual gaming fix. The game is addicting because the answers to every puzzle are literally right on the screen, yet players have to work against the clock to find each one in time. The themed levels and intermittent comic book-style stories add a nice flavor to the game and bring cohesion to the experience, encouraging the players to keep playing after each puzzle.
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