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Waldo and Friends is a search and find locator game based on the classic "Where's Waldo (Wally)" books. Caution: In app purchases, advertising and interactivity
No gambling content found in the levels played
This review of Waldo and Friends was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 12 April 2015.
This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.
|Name of app:||Waldo and Friends|
|Developed by:||Ludia Inc|
|Platform reviewed:||Apple App Store, Google Play|
|ACCM suggested age:||16+ due to in app purchases, advertising and interactivity|
|Gambling content advice:||No gambling content found in the levels played|
This review of Waldo and Friends contains the following information:
This review was completed after 1.5 hours of gameplay.
Waldo and Friends is an app based on the famous find-and-seek books. The objective of the game is to play through various screens and locate Waldo (as well as his friends and other designated items) in a complex animated image. Skills required to play involve mostly visual and search-based skills.
Players are subsequently asked to locate three other images – a milk carton, a man in a green suit, and three men standing together. If players take too long to find any of these, a large swirling yellow circle highlights their location in an effort to assist players. After a player taps on an item/person, a small tick appears over them and their image at the bottom of the screen disappears – only the items that have yet to be found remain. After players find all three items, a large ‘You Win!’ sign appears on the screen. Players are then given a total score and a number of stars out of four. They gain stats on their items found, as well as chain bonuses and time bonuses.
Players are then met by Waldo at the end of their first level. He states that players are an ‘expert explorer’ and explains that ‘interesting items found on your journey can be traded for coins!’. These coins allow players to travel to new locations. The game also contains timer-and-quest features, where players can speed up the process of accessing different locations and islands by using in-game gems. In order to gain more coins, players select items they wish to find, and then must search for that item within an animated scene to unlock the subsequent items. Players also have an aid to help them find items, called ‘Woof’s Bone’ – it will instantly find the item players are seeking. Players have ten of these. If a player taps too many times across the screen (in order to find an item without actually browsing and properly locating it), the screen will pause for a few seconds and they will be delayed. The length of time that players take to find their objects is shown in the top left-hand corner of the screen.
Waldo also explains that a player’s Key meter fills up after every search they complete – once players have two keys, they will be able to play the treasure chest bonus round. This involves selecting from one of three treasure chests to open – each chest offers players a different reward, such as more experience points, the ability to unlock a new zone to explore, etc. There are also levels that involve the majority of the screen being dark and players must move around a window of light in order to search the entire area for items they require.
Players are encouraged to complete missions – this involves finding particular items and receiving in-game rewards (such as gems) as a result. Gems can be used to get Bones, Keys and Energy. For example, 400 gems can purchase 1000 Energy Points for players. Players can purchase gems as an in-app purchase within the store for real-life currency.
Yes: Players can purchase gems as an in-app purchase within the store for real-life currency – these gems can be bought in packages of 100 gems for $1.01, 210 gems for $2.04, 3200 gems for $20.91, and 10,000 gems for $52.29. Players can also purchase from the ‘Goodies’ section of the store, where they can buy +50 Max energy for $5.11, +100 Max Energy for $10.23, the ability to remove all advertisements for $4.09, as well as 2x Faster Refills for $10.23.
Players are able to invite friends to play the game also. In order to offer an incentive for this, players are informed that they will receive a free Energy Refill if they connect to Facebook.
No gambling content was found during this review.
The app contains advertisements that appear infrequently. These are full-screen pop-up advertisements that contain static images and must be manually closed. For instance, the app contains an ad for another Google Store game called Agent Alice and the image displayed includes a table with apparent clues circled in red. Another ad shown was an advertisement for CharmKing, a match-three game.
No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during this review.
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