Developer: Simply Game
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

When I was younger, I used to love those Megatouch machines bars would get. I would blow tons of my parents’ money playing on them while they bowled. One of my favorite types of games on those machines were the “spot the differences” games. Given two pictures, the goal was the find what was difference between them. Simply Find It Pro is one of those games.

Simply Find It Pro has both an iPhone version and an iPad version. The games are identical except for one feature, VS mode. The iPad version has a two-player game. So until I explain that feature, the following is about both versions.

The game itself is exactly what would be expected from this type of game. Two pictures are put next to each other with three differences and the goal is to tap on those differences. For the classic mode there’s a time limit for each level, while endless mode the time continues over into the next level. In the endless mode, each level earns the player a clock that can be used to add time onto the ticker. The purpose is to last as long as possible and get higher on the Game Center board than friends.

I find that I frequently have a problem with apps that have buttons that don’t work with iOS devices (mainly they’re too small). This app doesn’t have that problem. The buttons are large and simple. Overall, the interface is exactly what this type of game should look like. It doesn’t overwhelm us with too much information, menus, and buttons.

The app description claims “relaxing background music” as one of its features. The music IS relaxing, but it’s incredibly repetitive. I had to turn it off after five minutes or so; it was driving me crazy. Also, the music just doesn’t seem to fit the game. I’m not looking for relaxing music when I’m playing a game like this (I’m not looking for heavy metal either). The best way to describe the problem is that the music is to “elegant” for the game. I feel like I should be drinking a cup of tea with the queen.

As for the iPad only feature, VS mode is great! I grabbed the app because I knew that my girlfriend and nephew would love to play it with me. When I read “VS mode”, I was expecting something like taking turns at levels and comparing scores. But for VS mode, each player takes a picture (which is why it’s iPad only, it wouldn’t work well on a small screen). When a player taps a difference on their picture, it turns their color and they receive a point. There are also two more differences in the VS mode per level (five), which slows the pace of each level down at the end while the two players try to find the last one.

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