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Spot the Differences! (3DS eShop)

Game Review

Spot the Differences! Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Lee Meyer

Spot the exit sign and run

There is nothing wrong with simple games on the eShop; players have demonstrated through iOS and Android that quick, fun bursts of creative gameplay can work wonderfully. Unfortunately, Bigben Interactive's Spot the Differences! crosses the line from simple to empty. While it works in the most rudimentary of ways — you are given two versions of the same photo and must spot the differences using the stylus — there is literally nothing else to do. Spot the Differences is an unacceptably bare experience that has less content on offer than many free flash games from the early days of the internet.

Following the same format of developer Sanuk's previous Spot the Difference titles, players are shown two versions of the same photo, one on each screen, and must tap on the bottom photo wherever a difference is spotted. That's all there is to it. There are five differences in each photo, and a timer slowly depletes as you study the images; you get points for every photo you spot and keep going until you run out of time. When the game is over, you can add your name to a leaderboard, but unless you and your family are playing on the same 3DS on a regular basis there's no incentive or purpose for it. Some of the differences are quite challenging to spot, while others are glaring and obvious; if a player fails, the game will show the differences that were missed.

With the different sizes of the 3DS screens, we found ourselves occasionally mistaking a spot around the border of certain photos for a "difference," when in fact it was just part of the picture that wasn't visible on the top screen. The pictures are generally quite pleasant to look at, and Sanuk should be commended for crediting the photographers before each level. While the game purports to have 150 photos, we quickly began encountering repeats as we played; it's randomised, obviously, but seeing the same picture of a panda in three consecutive games is annoying and takes out a lot of the challenge. The menus, controlled via touch screen, are pleasant enough, and the same generic background music loops throughout, though it isn't grating.

That's all there is to Spot the Differences. The lack of variety here is glaring; we found ourselves searching the options and menus, assuming there must be more than just the one mode, but there really is nothing else to do here except try to beat the high score on the leaderboard. It grows old fast.

Conclusion

Spot the Differences is a disappointing game. With its lack of content and premium price point — $9.99 is completely unreasonable for a product with one mode that can be found for free elsewhere — we don't recommend Spot the Differences to anyone other than fans of good photography. Even then, there are cheaper alternatives.

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User Comments (19)

Prof_Clayton

#2

Prof_Clayton said:

"With the different sizes of the 3DS screens, we found ourselves occasionally mistaking a spot around the border of certain photos for a "difference," when in fact it was just part of the picture that wasn't visible on the top screen."

Was the game so bad that they managed to make the bottom screen image larger than the top screen image? :o

2Sang

#6

2Sang said:

$10 for a crappy game? Why would you buy this when you could buy bird mania, auraaura climber, and mighty switch force all for the same price?

Kirk

#7

Kirk said:

What an unscrupulous developer selling this for $9.99 and not in some kind of joke way either.

People like this should be ashamed of themselves.

Drawdler

#8

Drawdler said:

I would have bought this if it were cheaper, because I like spot-the-difference games, but it doesn't sound like it's worth the money when I could put that towards other stuff. That's too bad.

Airola

#9

Airola said:

I quite liked the WiiU-version and quickly checked the rating of this and at first thought why they would give this such a low score. Then I noticed the price point while reading the review... Ugh...

The price of $5/4,99€ is OK-ish on the Wii U, so how on earth they can ask twice as much for a game that has lot less puzzles to solve. These can be surprisingly addictive games, but not enough to justify that big of a price.

divinelite

#10

divinelite said:

Shame. Even 0.99$ I won't play this game...
Shrugs how could Nintendo let this kind of game is beyond me

Plutonian

#15

Plutonian said:

I love playing photo hunt (which is basically what this game is) at the bar. I would buy this if it was dirt cheap.

Plutonian

#16

Plutonian said:

I love playing photo hunt (which is basically what this game is) at the bar. I would buy this if it was dirt cheap.

Plutonian

#17

Plutonian said:

I love playing photo hunt (which is basically what this game is) at the bar. I would buy this if it was dirt cheap.

Plutonian

#18

Plutonian said:

I love playing photo hunt (which is basically what this game is) at the bar. I would buy this if it was dirt cheap.

Plutonian

#19

Plutonian said:

I love playing photo hunt (which is basically what this game is) at the bar. I would buy this if it was dirt cheap.

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