A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While this is a search-and-find puzzle game which sends a positive message about using your eyes to find details, most of the scenes your are searching are filled with violence and comic mischief.
Positive Role Models
The main characters of Waldo, Wenda, and the Wizard Whitebeard are pretty bland role models. They are simply people passing through 12 different worlds. The background people are a pretty violent lot. And one character named Odlaw is always trying to cause trouble.
Ease of Play
The game is easy to play, although having to shift the scene around is annoying. The game suffers from long load times.
Violence & Scariness
Many of the scenes in which you are searching for objects and people are filled with violence. You will see monks warring with each other with staffs, people throwing food at others, sword-carrying red dwarfs fighting with spear-men, vampires drinking red drinks (blood), forest people carrying spears, and two medieval armies locked in battle, and country folk fighting giants with spears and clubs.
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Products & Purchases
This game is a direct adaptation of the book of the same name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Medieval feast is shown with tankards and vampires are drinking what appears to be blood.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey is based on the book of the same name. This is a search-and-find puzzle adventure game. Consistent with the book on which it is based, the game's scenes depict vampires drinking red liquid (blood), warring monks, red dwarves wielding swords, giants, and other fantastical beings. Many of the scenes depict violence although you are never participating in it, and most injuries are shown with stars floating above a character's head. Because of this scenery, we have set the age appropriateness at age 8.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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