4cr Plays – Spot the Differences: Party
Spot The Differences: Party brings the fun of bar top matching games to your living room! Accordingly, it is a simple game that is easy to understand. For those who aren’t familiar with the format, you are presented with a pair of near identical pictures and you have to find 5 differences between each pair. If you find the 5 differences before the time is up, you’ll move on to a new picture set where the same rules apply.
The game has a single player mode that can be played with the basic rules above, but with the added benefit of having two power-ups to help you. The first one is a single use Time Bonus that will grant you extra time if the timer runs out before you can find all 5 differences. The other lets you automatically find one of the differences in the photo but has a limited number of uses before it runs out. This last power-up is also triggered automatically if the Time Bonus power-up has already been used. As long as you have enough uses to find all 5 differences, you’ll move on to the next picture.
The other option is for 2 to 4 players to join in with two different multiplayer modes. The first one has everyone playing at the same time by using the GamePad and some extra Wiimotes to point at the screen and find as many differences as they can for each of the pictures. The second multiplayer mode has all the players sharing the Wii U GamePad, and everyone has to find the same differences on each of the pictures to generate a score based on their speed and the total number of differences found.
After playing for a couple of hours, I decided it might be interesting to see what my sister had to say about Spot the Differences: Party. I grew up playing this kind of game in magazines and books (they were a pretty popular feature in kid’s magazines back in the day) and I was having a lot of fun with the game because of that. Being the hard hitting journalist that I am, I wanted to get someone with a different perspective on things before I concluded my review.
She told me that the game was easy to control and very easy to understand but that she had some initial trouble finding all differences in a picture on time before the power-ups were used automatically. She had never really played “spot the difference” games before and felt some pressure due to the timer. Once she got the hang of things and practiced for a bit, she said that things clicked. She had an easier time finding the differences on the first couple of pictures, and she did great once the game threw some of the harder photographs at her. When she tried the multiplayer mode, she had more fun with the simultaneous multiplayer than she did with the mode in which everyone uses the GamePad. My sister said that when everyone was checking the same photograph on the TV it felt great to find a difference before the others, and that the images on the TV made it easier to spot the differences in comparison to playing directly on the GamePad’s screen.
With over 300 photos to play with, Spot the Differences: Party is a fun budget release that everyone can enjoy. There is more than enough content in here to play for hours, and the 2 to 4 players modes are a great way to have some frantic fun with family and friends. The photos are crisp and look great in HD on the TV or on the GamePad, and the touchscreen makes it very easy to mark all differences without a problem.