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Find Me If You Can! – Spot the Difference. It’s a mouthful of a title, but it speaks for itself. Find Me If You Can is a "spot the difference" game with a real difference. Based on both well-known fables and fairy tales and rendered in the styles of famous artists, Find Me If You Can! – Spot the Difference is a very sophisticated spot the difference game, but it isn’t easy to do.
Comparative picture puzzle fans will delight in Find Me If You Can’s mixture of subtle and obvious differences. Side by side pictures that can be explored by swiping the screen depict parts of various stories like The Little Match Girl, Snow White and Rose Red, and The Last Leaf. To complete one story book and advance to the next, locate increasingly more differences between images within four levels. All told, there are 24 levels rendered from 6 different stories.
In addition to the spot the difference premise, there are elements that keep the game entertaining. As you complete levels within a book, you are awarded points that can be spent purchasing help items, like time increases and automatic finds. Though each level is timed, you earn extra time with each find. The number of differences increases with each level, requiring a better eye for detail for the fourth and final level of each story book. From the main menu players can read story books as they are collected and information about each author and artist is also included.
Though Find Me If You Can! – Spot the Difference is based on a classic, if not tired premise for iPhone and iPod touch, the classic story book theme is unique. Though only a certain number of “differences” are programmed in, there are enough to maintain a decent replay value for persistent finders. And persistent you must be to complete each book as the differences become harder and harder to spot. Those who excel at finding the difference can purchase story book add-ons in groups of three.
Find Me If You Can! – Spot the Difference is a nicely done version of a classic visual game. The biggest draw back is the difficulty in earning points for purchasing hints, and though points can also be purchased in app, I’d rather see points given away with the purchase of story book add-ons. That said, budget your points and hints accordingly, and you should advance quite nicely through the included books. There is also a smaller, but free version available to try before you buy.