Remember the cartoon show Where’s Wally? I do, I didn’t like it. I’m rubbish at trying to find stuff, especially if my kids have lost them. They magically expect me to know where they left their slippers, or that Charger for the 3DS that they haven’t used for 12 months. Kids don’t have the ability or the inclination to look for things until they have kids. Then they have no choice, like me. My wife will say, “where was the last place you had it?” When it’s found she’ll exclaim, “it’s always in the last place you look”. Like I am going to carry on looking for something after I found it.
The other thing I didn’t like about Where’s Wally was the pressure. Not only are we asking you to look for Wally (to be fair, I don’t know Wally, I couldn’t care less if he’s missing) they were asking you to complete the task before the time ran out. I don’t need that kind of stress.
Imagine my delight when I am presented with a small indie game that asks me to A). Find stuff, and B). before a timer runs out. The screen is scattered with all kinds of crap, looking very similar to my daughters bedroom. It then asks me to find an item such as a piece of paper, a baseball bat or a car. The better you are, the more stuff it gives you to find. All the while piling on the pressure like a Gym instructor with a room full of slightly overweight middle aged women who have decided to go and get in shape in the first week in January.
It terms of game play options, there’s the main meat of the game, an Adventure Mode. Ooooh. However, I am unsure if the game designers quite understood the dictionary definition. The word brings images to my mind of the likes of the Witcher or Zelda. Not clicking on increasing amounts of tat as you move up the levels. There’s 100 levels so if you do like finding stuff, you will get your monies worth.
There a free mode which is basically the same as adventure and a two player mode where you take it in turns with someone else. That’s right, more than one of you can enjoy this boring but stressful game of clicking on objects for the gratification and amusement of some benevolent horder .
Overall I wouldn’t say I hated it, just I was very disappointed and rather bored after two minutes.
It cost £3.99 on steam which is £3.99 too expensive.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 3/10 Format: PC Release Date: Out Now
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