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Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Smattering of violence shown in hidden pictures game.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Not great but good fun

It's OK but not great. Good fun overall though.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey is true to its book source material, and in some ways enhances the otherwise fun hidden picture puzzle book experience. The background music adds atmosphere and varies depending on which world you are visiting. The large scenes, while true to the artwork found in the book, contain little animations to pique your interest. For younger players, most of the search requests are shown or spoken out loud; and when you find a hidden object, you'll hear praise. Plus, there are two modes, which enables younger children to find the requested objects in a landscape that is smaller. The addition of help in the form of Woof the Dog barking when you are getting close to a desired object is also a plus.

But, some of the changes don't work as well as playing inside of the book. In the Normal mode, you can't see the whole scene in one glance and you must scroll through multiple screens to see the whole picture. This manner of play takes away from the fun of training your eyes to find specific objects in a cluttered picture. Also, the game has long load times. And for many kids, the time pressure of having to search quickly doesn't allow them the joy of looking at all the details in the scene.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , Nintendo DS , Nintendo Wii , Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: October 5, 2009
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Animated Blood, Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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