Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Short yet sweet, Finding Teddy might not have the kind of game to instantly endear itself to players but it is a rather enjoyable and traditional Point and Click adventure.
I say Point and Click. It's more wander around and tap, but that doesn't sound anywhere near as catchy. It follows the story of a young girl who's trying to find her teddy, stolen by a nasty monster, thus forcing her to explore a magical world. It sounds like childlike but that doesn't mean Finding Teddy is easy. There's little handholding here, something that many gamers are now used to.
Instead, while the controls are simple with basic taps interacting with objects and directional arrows pointing to where the girl can travel, the puzzles themselves are left quite vague. There's some help, if the player stays still for a while, with hot zones highlighted on the screen, but there's no Hints button to be found. This level of challenge fits in neatly with the similarly old school graphics, adding an aged feel to the entire experience. Those inclined to play some games without sound will suffer a big disadvantage given, unusually for the genre, Finding Teddy ensures that music plays a vital role in some puzzles. At first, this takes some adjustment. Like any good adventure game, there is the need for some head scratching, even if this adventure does focus on more logical conundrums than most. The more musical moments absorbed though and it all makes sense as the game progresses and things come together.
It's a shame then that Finding Teddy is all too short, clocking in at less than a couple of hours. The story doesn't outstay its welcome but it does leave the player wanting more. Like precious already out there, Finding Teddy is a delightfully original change of pace.