Reviews and Problems with Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey
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Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey
Video Game Generation
16 November 2009
Summary: Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey
is apparently “based on” Martin Handford’s third Waldo book: “The Great Waldo Search”. The maps appear to be directly scanned from this book and brought to life by partial animation, background noise and music in what turns out to be a rather fun and amusing video game.
Pros: 12 levels of searching fun, Martin Handford’s campy illustrations scanned and amusingly animated into semi-life
Cons: Two player mode has a strong tendency to freeze up, Too many boring searches – chickens, banners, Odlaw’s pets, Searches prove too easy, too often
Smattering of violence shown in hidden pictures game.
Common Sense Media
9 November 2009
Summary: 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.
Review: Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey (Nintendo Wii)
4 November 2009
Summary: Where”Ëœs Waldo? The Fantastic Journey arrives fifteen years after the character had any sort of relevance, and affords its players little to no fun. It suffers from awful loading times, repetitive gameplay, redundant dialogue and features nothing resembling a story. Sure, it’s a budget game. but you know, you could probably buy some Waldo books for pocket change at any number of garage sales.
Conclusion: Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey had all the right ideas about replicating the beloved children's books in videogame form except for one small detail: at 4-6 times the price of an actual book, it's hard to find anyone who would be willing to pay face value for the game. However, a downloadable WiiWare series of these books would possibly pique our interest if they were dropped to, say, half or even a third of the price of this game's MSRP.