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Puzzle Fans Can Get Creative With Hidden Photo for DSi

Posted by Trevor Chan

Utilises the camera to construct puzzles and challenges

Retail games developed exclusively for the DSi are few and far between, but Most Wanted Games is chipping in with its own take on the use of the DSi camera within a game.

From the makers of Mystery Tales, the upcoming Hidden Photo requires players to take photos of themselves and their surroundings to be used in the game. Images are then used as templates to create various puzzles and challenges, like the searching of hidden objects, spot the differences, word searches and "find the face".

Because of the nature of the game, Hidden Objects potentially offers the gamer an unlimited number of puzzles, and players can even share what they create via a Wi-Fi connection.

Currently scheduled for release in February 2011, scroll down for the official trailer and the full press release:

SNAP CREATE PLAY. Photo fun with your Nintendo DSI

The unique Nintendo DSi entertainment experience

Hidden Photo is the first and only game to make such innovative and full use of the Nintendo DSi Camera feature. The gameplay is created especially for the Nintendo DSi as players use the handheld’s cameras to snap photos and incorporate them directly into the game.

Published in the UK by PQube and developed by Most Wanted Entertainment – the same developer behind DS chart hit Mystery Tales – Hidden Photo is entertaining, simple and fun for players of all ages.

In Hidden Photo it’s not just pictures of players own faces that go into the game, but their whole world – landscapes, buildings, objects, friends, pets… Anything they can photograph! Everyone can release their creative talents to produce an infinite number of games and puzzles to enjoy. Player’s own photographs form the centrepiece of brain twisting and fun challenges like hidden objects, spot the difference, word search, find the face and many more.

Rob Noble, Head of PR and marketing, PQube comments: “Hidden Photo is perhaps the best use yet for the DSi’s camera. In a single package, we’re providing players with a platform that provides literally unlimited scope for creating different types of incredibly popular and enduring puzzle games.” He continues: “The social aspect of Hidden Photo cannot be understated either – it’s perfect for friends having fun or parents looking to educate and entertain their children with something they can create and play together. Hidden Photo’s supremely accessible puzzle creation tools make it open to all, with literally anything you care to take a picture of providing backgrounds and subject matter.”

Fun packed puzzle game modes for all ages include:

  • Hidden Object – Players create endless hidden object puzzles using their photos. There are more than 1500 different objects to find in the game – e.g. disguised, rotated and rescaled.
  • Real Differences – spot the differences between the real photo and the “changed” scene in the altered version.
  • Find Yourself – find the player’s or a friend’s face in a crowd photo by using the stylus as a search flashlight. Take a portrait and the game inserts it into one of the crowd-scene pictures.
  • Word Search – a word is broken into letters, each then randomly distributed into the image. Find the hidden letters in the picture and arrange them into the correct word.
  • Memory Puzzle – First the player has to memorise the objects’ positions, then place them back into the original image.
  • And many more...

Hidden Photo will be available in store and online from February 2011, with an RRP of £29.99.

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User Comments (13)

irken004

#1

irken004 said:

So this must be a DSi-only DS game then. Seems kinda cool though, especially for those who travel a lot.

Ron_DelVillanoStaff

#2

Ron_DelVillano said:

That video seemed a lot longer than it needed to be.

This looks pretty sweet though. Great use of the camera functionality. I really wish there were more games that took advantage of the cameras and microphone.

sillygostly

#4

sillygostly said:

@irken004: I'm sure that you can download images to your SD card and use them in-game. The possibilities seem endless on this one.

Kimiko

#8

Kimiko said:

The idea is interesting, but the video needs more in-game footage and less randomness.

Phobos

#9

Phobos said:

Wow, interesting. I like this camera concept, it does indeed have potential. But, er, I dunno... something seems... off.

Sabrewing

#10

Sabrewing said:

When's that GhostWire game coming to the states, where you use the DSi camera to capture ghosts Fatal Frame-style? That looked fantastic.

rjejr

#11

rjejr said:

My son just got a DSi last Tuesday and it took me a couple of days to realize their seems to be no such thing as a retail DSi game. Don't know if he'ld get this or not but it's good to know somebody is at least making them.

KrazyKain

#13

KrazyKain said:

not interested... hidden object games are not really puzzles... and just because they can superimpose objects on your photos doesnt make the hidden object gameplay any more interesting

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