Developer: John Swensen
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

The Hidden Object genre is one of those genres that the experienced gamer will undoubtedly turn their nose up at. It’s understandable in some ways considering the genre does tend to be a bit lazy when it comes to innovation. Plus ultimately you can complete such puzzles in a puzzle book rather than on a technological gadget. FoundIt despite offering puzzles akin to a puzzle book, still has its merits though.

Rather than following a loose storyline, FoundIt dispenses with any such pointlessness, instead focusing on why you bought it – the hidden object part. 8 different levels are available comprising of cutesy cartoon animals to fish and flags of the world. In each level, it all turns a bit Where’s Wallyish whereby you have to find 20 items within a huge area of similarly themed items. That’s about it really. You’re scored on your progress and how quickly you spot the items but there’s only a local high score leaderboard available so the competitive element is slim.

It is quite fun though. You can drop in and out of the game to do other things with your time, returning to exactly where you left it. This makes it an ideal game to drop in for a few minutes at a time in between more productive things like working. It also feels a good game to play alongside a child or older relative, especially if they’re still learning to play games.

Don’t expect spills and thrills with FoundIt or even fancy looks, it’s clearly not that kind of game. While it would have been nice to have seen more variety with the different levels (the flags of the world were particularly tedious compared to cartoon animals), it’s not bad. It makes for an OK distraction to dive into once in a while.

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