Developer: Disney
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.2.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini Retina

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Disney: Hidden Worlds is a hidden object game that takes place over 5 different Disney worlds, from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Brave.’ Unfortunately an evil fog of black ink has descended upon each of the these worlds, leaving players with the task of returning the Disney Kingdom to its former glory. With help from Chrona and the Inklings (the quirky designers) players are responsible for clearing the fog, progressing through each classic tale, and finally unveiling the happy ending.

20140115-170804.jpgTo complete each stage, players must find all of the listed items in each image by tapping on them. Multipliers will help with racking up the big points – as long as players keep finding the objects in rapid succession, that is. However, the game will punish players who get too tap-happy, giving them a 5 second time out in the process. While any age can undoubtedly get some enjoyment from Hidden Worlds it’s clearly aimed at a younger audience, and children will love the familiar characters, colorful artwork, and addictive gameplay on offer.

To unlock other stages and continue along each journey, players will need to craft certain items such as Belle’s basket or her favorite book. It honestly feels like Disney has missed a trick here though, since this process involves virtually nothing besides passively collecting the components necessary to build them. It would have been nice to see some artistic or construction element included for kids to magically bring the item to life rather than just putting the creative process on a timer and waiting (or choosing to speed it up with in-game currency of course).

20140115-170820.jpgNevertheless, Disney: Hidden Worlds is a hidden object game that kids and Disney fans alike will love. The cinematic sections tell an entertaining new story, each stage has it’s own sound effects that give the still images added depth, and each world has added animations that bring them to life. I just wish the universe felt more immersive. When I come to play a Disney game, I hardly expect to find a menu-heavy interface or a stamina system rearing their ugly heads. Still, considering it’s free to play it’s a solid hidden object game that will serve up a challenge and a fair amount of replay value for players of all ages.


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