842881What started as a children's book phenomenon in the late 80's and early 90's has since been transformed in to a few different video games, and most recently, an iPhone game. (Not to mention a short-lived TV series and a future movie.) Where's Waldo? [App Store] brings 12 different settings to find Waldo (also known as Wally in some corners of the world) and his friends along with countless other items.

If you've somehow managed to avoid the last 20 years of Waldo-mania, the books consisted of large pages filled with clutter all fitting in to a particular theme. The early books only had Waldo himself to find, but other characters slowly filtered their way in to the books as time went on. Aside from finding Waldo, each book also came with a list of other objects to find in each setting, which could keep kids (and adults!) busy for hours on end-- Especially if you're a Where's Waldo? completionist.

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The Where's Waldo? game plays exactly as you would expect. You can scroll around the page using your finger, and tap on objects when you locate them. Each of the 12 worlds comes loaded with Waldo, his friends, the scroll, and tons of other things to find. Each time you load a level, you're given a new random set of objects along the bottom bar to find on the page above, providing tons of replay value until you manage to memorize where everything is.

For fans of the book series, Where's Waldo? is a must-buy. The familiar settings included in the game are an excellent blast from the past, and the few random objectives seem to generally only take a minute or two to find-- Making for a great game to play for a few moments at a time. If you're not particularly tied to the Waldo series, there are better hidden object games with more variety on the App Store, although few posses as much charm as Where's Waldo?.

App Store Link: Where's Waldo?, $1.99

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  • Dude99

    I was so excited until I noticed it was 1.99 and with only 12 "pages" . Should be 99 cents unless that add more pages. Still looks great though.

    • Eli Hodapp

      This game has as much content as any of the Where's Waldo books, which all sell for $14.99.

      • jimbo

        i agree. only thing i dont like is the panning of the screen, but its an IPhone for god sakes, so you cant get around it. but it can be diff. at times. Specialy the "Waldo World". but well worth the money. cheaper than a gallon of gas, and lasts way longer! ;<{()

  • Dude99

    I was so excited until I noticed it was 1.99 and with only 12 "pages" . Should be 99 cents unless that add more pages. Still looks great though.

    • Eli Hodapp

      This game has as much content as any of the Where's Waldo books, which all sell for $14.99.

      • jimbo

        i agree. only thing i dont like is the panning of the screen, but its an IPhone for god sakes, so you cant get around it. but it can be diff. at times. Specialy the "Waldo World". but well worth the money. cheaper than a gallon of gas, and lasts way longer! ;<{()

  • jason

    i dont beleive it... i think i may actually buy this lol

  • jason

    i dont beleive it... i think i may actually buy this lol

  • jason

    wow its a bit pricey for only 12 pages??

    maybe for like 50, there should be like 250+ IMO

    • Demarest

      No it is not pricey. It's a quality game for $2.00. TWO DOLLARS. If that is a lot of money to you, you should not be buying iPhone apps.

    • jimbo

      each page has a very vast number of content, and you (may) have to visit them mutiple times, to complete them, therefore they are equivilent to many many more than 12 "pages". its worth $1.99 easily..

  • jason

    wow its a bit pricey for only 12 pages??

    maybe for like 50, there should be like 250+ IMO

    • Demarest

      No it is not pricey. It's a quality game for $2.00. TWO DOLLARS. If that is a lot of money to you, you should not be buying iPhone apps.

    • jimbo

      each page has a very vast number of content, and you (may) have to visit them mutiple times, to complete them, therefore they are equivilent to many many more than 12 "pages". its worth $1.99 easily..

  • MidianGTX

    I wonder if "Waldo" has been changed to "Wally" for the UK store... and any other countries using the the alt name.

    • drone9

      'Waldo' has been changed to 'not available' for Europe it seems. :-/

      • sykes

        Well...duh. That's why you have to find Waldo. Until you find Waldo in Europe, he's "not available".
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        LOL LOL

    • http://youtube.com/DudeGracie Grace

      In the UK the App's called Where's Wally, like it's always been in the British versions of the books :D

  • MidianGTX

    I wonder if "Waldo" has been changed to "Wally" for the UK store... and any other countries using the the alt name.

    • drone9

      'Waldo' has been changed to 'not available' for Europe it seems. :-/

      • sykes

        Well...duh. That's why you have to find Waldo. Until you find Waldo in Europe, he's "not available".
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        LOL LOL

    • http://youtube.com/DudeGracie Grace

      In the UK the App's called Where's Wally, like it's always been in the British versions of the books :D

  • Nate

    If anyone is wondering... The "Future" movie of Where's Waldo is gonna be about Waldo time traveling.
    What the ....

  • Nate

    If anyone is wondering... The "Future" movie of Where's Waldo is gonna be about Waldo time traveling.
    What the ....

  • Cranker

    Are there any type of leaderboards in this game or something to want to make you play and finish it ?

    • jimbo

      not sure about you, but i usually attempt to finnish everything i start. Attempt, and believe me once you start, you wont be able to put this damn thing down.

  • Cranker

    Are there any type of leaderboards in this game or something to want to make you play and finish it ?

    • jimbo

      not sure about you, but i usually attempt to finnish everything i start. Attempt, and believe me once you start, you wont be able to put this damn thing down.

  • TomHandy

    OK, I have to admit, I think I might buy this. I was actually just thinking about how much I liked the old Where's Waldo books back when I was a kid - this is sort of a nice alternative to going out and buying an actual book though.

    I've got to ask - I've always avoided the "hidden object" genre since something about it just seemed sort of cheap to me, but it occurs to me that they probably aren't that different from Where's Waldo, so maybe I'd enjoy them - but part of what I liked about Where's Waldo was the lighthearted style.

    Anyone have any recommendations on the best hidden object games in the app store right now?

    P.S. For people complaining about the price... come on. As Eli pointed out, a physical Where's Waldo book costs a lot more than $2 - I'd suspect the amount of content is fine given the replay value and the bite-size gameplay. Considering some of the little throwaway titles I've bought for a buck, 2 bucks seems more than fair for something which looks like it is pretty well done.

    • Jerutix

      The game is fantastic. I have played a couple of other hidden object games, and this one beats them all easily. Maybe it's the nostalgia, or maybe it's how big the pages are.

      It's the same as The Great Waldo Search, which later got renamed The Fantastic Journey. I really like how some of the characters on the pages move, and how Waldo and co. move every time you replay a map (the books can't pull that off).

      For those of you saying it should have more pages, this was all that was in the book, and the books were the best search and find. If you like things more grounded in reality, this may not be for you. But if you can appreciate a little humor and meticlously handrawn illustrations, this is the best you will find in this category. Period.

      • Cranker

        So what happens when you finish the 12 pages ? Do them again ? I juts really want to know if they included something to motivate you to keep playing.

      • Cranker

        Maybe what I meant to say is if therre are 12 levels and you search for different things each time you come back to the level, does it keep track of all the things you have found ? and eventually finish the game ?

      • spmwinkel

        So you're saying that *all* of the things you need to find change every time you load a map? The article says you get new random objects, but you say Waldo, the scroll, etc. are also in different spots every time you load a map?

        Because that would give it replay value to me.

      • Cranker

        I am not sure but new objects each time would be good but I wonder if you just do level after level or if it keeps track of all the things you find and eventually you win the game. It's not clear to me.

  • TomHandy

    OK, I have to admit, I think I might buy this. I was actually just thinking about how much I liked the old Where's Waldo books back when I was a kid - this is sort of a nice alternative to going out and buying an actual book though.

    I've got to ask - I've always avoided the "hidden object" genre since something about it just seemed sort of cheap to me, but it occurs to me that they probably aren't that different from Where's Waldo, so maybe I'd enjoy them - but part of what I liked about Where's Waldo was the lighthearted style.

    Anyone have any recommendations on the best hidden object games in the app store right now?

    P.S. For people complaining about the price... come on. As Eli pointed out, a physical Where's Waldo book costs a lot more than $2 - I'd suspect the amount of content is fine given the replay value and the bite-size gameplay. Considering some of the little throwaway titles I've bought for a buck, 2 bucks seems more than fair for something which looks like it is pretty well done.

    • Jerutix

      The game is fantastic. I have played a couple of other hidden object games, and this one beats them all easily. Maybe it's the nostalgia, or maybe it's how big the pages are.

      It's the same as The Great Waldo Search, which later got renamed The Fantastic Journey. I really like how some of the characters on the pages move, and how Waldo and co. move every time you replay a map (the books can't pull that off).

      For those of you saying it should have more pages, this was all that was in the book, and the books were the best search and find. If you like things more grounded in reality, this may not be for you. But if you can appreciate a little humor and meticlously handrawn illustrations, this is the best you will find in this category. Period.

      • Cranker

        So what happens when you finish the 12 pages ? Do them again ? I juts really want to know if they included something to motivate you to keep playing.

      • Cranker

        Maybe what I meant to say is if therre are 12 levels and you search for different things each time you come back to the level, does it keep track of all the things you have found ? and eventually finish the game ?

      • spmwinkel

        So you're saying that *all* of the things you need to find change every time you load a map? The article says you get new random objects, but you say Waldo, the scroll, etc. are also in different spots every time you load a map?

        Because that would give it replay value to me.

      • Cranker

        I am not sure but new objects each time would be good but I wonder if you just do level after level or if it keeps track of all the things you find and eventually you win the game. It's not clear to me.

  • Oneiromancer

    From what I can see of the screenshots, these are exactly the same images from The Great Waldo Search, which I used to love as a kid. It's not quite the same now though.

  • Oneiromancer

    From what I can see of the screenshots, these are exactly the same images from The Great Waldo Search, which I used to love as a kid. It's not quite the same now though.

  • 1337brian

    So far, it's awesome. The levels are from the first book if i remember correctly, fun game and couldn't pass up at $2!

    • Cranker

      So , is there anything in the game that tracks and saves your progress. Any motivation to keep playing ?

    • mike

      you... remember... the puzzles.. from Where's Waldo, ...that clearly?

      wow, either I smoked alot of pot, or ... you have had a pretty uneventful 20 years since, eh?

  • 1337brian

    So far, it's awesome. The levels are from the first book if i remember correctly, fun game and couldn't pass up at $2!

    • Cranker

      So , is there anything in the game that tracks and saves your progress. Any motivation to keep playing ?

    • mike

      you... remember... the puzzles.. from Where's Waldo, ...that clearly?

      wow, either I smoked alot of pot, or ... you have had a pretty uneventful 20 years since, eh?

  • Thomas

    Um, isn't it "Where's Wally"?

    • Dude99

      Do you know how to read?

      • Snipyro

        No, its called "Where's Wally" in many countries including mine.

    • http://youtube.com/DudeGracie Grace

      Where's Waldo is the American version. If you're from the UK, Australia or any other English-speaking country outside of the US it tends to be called Where's Wally.

  • Thomas

    Um, isn't it "Where's Wally"?

    • Dude99

      Do you know how to read?

      • Snipyro

        No, its called "Where's Wally" in many countries including mine.

    • http://youtube.com/DudeGracie Grace

      Where's Waldo is the American version. If you're from the UK, Australia or any other English-speaking country outside of the US it tends to be called Where's Wally.

  • mike adams

    MAAAANN I havent been this confused since waldo took a trip to that barber poll factory.

  • mike adams

    MAAAANN I havent been this confused since waldo took a trip to that barber poll factory.

  • MrMuesli

    I'll pass. I've bought a few app store games that hark back to childhood memories, only to feel flat. Card games like Uno and board games like Monopoly. Although one side of me says "yeah why not stick it on the iPhone", the other half of me feels like it really wasn't meant for something as untactile and sterile as a computer game. There's something to be said for holding the book, or cards or whatever...
    Having said that all those RPG's and Rogue-likes came from D&D origins, and those feel fine as computer games to me, so maybe I'm just talking nonsense...

  • MrMuesli

    I'll pass. I've bought a few app store games that hark back to childhood memories, only to feel flat. Card games like Uno and board games like Monopoly. Although one side of me says "yeah why not stick it on the iPhone", the other half of me feels like it really wasn't meant for something as untactile and sterile as a computer game. There's something to be said for holding the book, or cards or whatever...
    Having said that all those RPG's and Rogue-likes came from D&D origins, and those feel fine as computer games to me, so maybe I'm just talking nonsense...

  • TomHandy

    OK, generally I'm enjoying it so far, but one thing I noticed from the first level is that after you search for waldo, etc. and it asks you to search for random hidden objects, it seems like it shrinks the available area (i.e. to a small section of the page, making it so you don't have to look around too much, and I think making it too easy to find the object). Does this change later? I am guessing perhaps it is an acknowledgement of the format, and that it could take too long to hunt through the entire page on the iphone, but I'd at least hope there's an option to make it more difficult by removing this type of "hint".

  • TomHandy

    OK, generally I'm enjoying it so far, but one thing I noticed from the first level is that after you search for waldo, etc. and it asks you to search for random hidden objects, it seems like it shrinks the available area (i.e. to a small section of the page, making it so you don't have to look around too much, and I think making it too easy to find the object). Does this change later? I am guessing perhaps it is an acknowledgement of the format, and that it could take too long to hunt through the entire page on the iphone, but I'd at least hope there's an option to make it more difficult by removing this type of "hint".

  • Justin

    Great game I'm 21. Just like the books with animation all the funny pics. It's well worth 2 3 4 5 bucs

  • Justin

    Great game I'm 21. Just like the books with animation all the funny pics. It's well worth 2 3 4 5 bucs

  • Justin

    Plus it's not just flipping pages. You can do that yahoo uhh. Search Waldo pics and such

  • Justin

    Plus it's not just flipping pages. You can do that yahoo uhh. Search Waldo pics and such

  • Jose

    Living in Waldo, WI it is a must have on my list.

  • Jose

    Living in Waldo, WI it is a must have on my list.

  • Leah

    hmm i always thought it was wheres Wolly not wheres Wally or Waldo

  • Leah

    hmm i always thought it was wheres Wolly not wheres Wally or Waldo

  • http://www.google.com philippa

    "waldo" is actually, wally, it's a british artist. it's just changed to "waldo" for north america

  • http://www.google.com philippa

    "waldo" is actually, wally, it's a british artist. it's just changed to "waldo" for north america

  • melissa

    Has anyone finished the last level? I am on the last page where there are a page of wally's... its too hard to pan around and look for wally in such a short time?? seems impossible to me....

    • charles

      Just beat it.. look for the wizard and girl waldo (don't know her name). At the same time look for a bone on the ground and save it. Try to time it right so that you have 3+ stars after you finish your main objectives. Then find the scroll, use the dog and touch the middle of your screen. Done. =]

  • melissa

    Has anyone finished the last level? I am on the last page where there are a page of wally's... its too hard to pan around and look for wally in such a short time?? seems impossible to me....

    • charles

      Just beat it.. look for the wizard and girl waldo (don't know her name). At the same time look for a bone on the ground and save it. Try to time it right so that you have 3+ stars after you finish your main objectives. Then find the scroll, use the dog and touch the middle of your screen. Done. =]

  • Rchanne-w

    when i look at this all i saw was the blue thing but when i kept looking i stell couldnt see the other things