Over the last two weeks, Ludia has brought their video game adaptation of the highly successful Where's Wally? book series to DSiWare in Europe, cutting down their game Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey into three episodes. We didn't exactly think too highly of Where's Wally? Travel Pack 1 and Travel Pack 2, and, expectedly, the same can be said of Travel Pack 3.
Everything's pretty much the same as before, Story and Party being the only gameplay modes available. The former continues from where you left off in Travel Pack 2 and unsurprisingly, basically nothing has changed. There's still the same variety of missions on offer here, having you do such things as find people and items or spot the differences between two pictures, with no new types included. There are only nine missions available across three new areas throughout the adventure, and disappointingly these can be completed in less than an hour, just like the previous games.
Your missions are ranked in the same way as before, grading your performance in stars depending on how fast you complete a mission. The three difficulty settings remain the same, affecting the size of your searching space and how near to your object that the game automatically places your focus. These create some replay value, but considering that the missions aren't very interesting to begin with, it's hard to imagine players getting much value out of this.
Party Mode, as before, splits players into two different teams and tasks them to locate a set of items across the map. They keep on doing this until their star meter has filled up and when it does, Wally reveals himself and whoever finding him first wins. DS Download play disapointingly is still not supported, so for players looking to try multiplayer with a friend, both will have to have a copy of the game.
No changes have been made to the controls. The player uses the stylus across the touch screen to scroll through a level and find the item or person they're searching for, which is simple and a natural fit for the game. The graphics are identical to previous releases, naturally, but with their outdated drawing style and the fact that most of the time you'll be looking at still images, there's nothing too interesting here. The audio remains bearable but generic, and there are no new tunes throughout the game.
Travel Pack 3 marks the last episode of Where's Wally in this DSiWare set and at this point, the end couldn't come sooner. Those who enjoyed the first two travel packs may begin to get bored with this as well, as the missions feel even more tedious after playing through the entire run. While this title wouldn't be bad for those who enjoy the genre, for everyone else, this is one to approach with caution.