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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
PHOTO PHANTASY is a classic puzzle game in which players are asked to spot the minute differences between pairs of images. What's different about this game is it packages together a group of puzzles based on three stories -- Dreams, Goldilocks, and Peter Pan. As players complete puzzles in each story, they unlock new scenes in that story. Peter Pan and Goldilocks go through the well-known tales in comic book form, while the Dreams story includes a lot of fantastical imagery. Players earn higher scores for finding more differences in each puzzle, though with three levels of difficulty, players of all abilities are able to progress through the stories without too much of a hassle.
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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