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WindowsGameZebo (Dec 25, 2009)
Overall, Where's Waldo: The Fantastic Journey excels in its fun gameplay, story, graphics, voice talent and humor. While it's no easy feat to follow all the amazing HOGs this books series inspired, Ludia has done a fine job at taking on the daunting challenge.
iPhoneTouchGen (Jan 08, 2010)
Where’s Waldo?™ The Fantastic Journey is a hidden object game, and you have to ask yourself if that is your cup of tea. I didn’t think it was my cup of tea until I tried finding Waldo, but I still think someone should give him a GPS to find his way around. The timer ticking down bothers me at times as I rather look at the illustrations for a while. They remind me of the illustrations my dentist had in his ceiling when I was a child, and as I never had any dental problems I only have good memories of those illustrations. If you are looking for a polished hidden object game you can’t go wrong with Where’s Waldo?™ The Fantastic Journey.
iPhoneTouch Arcade (Dec 09, 2009)
For fans of the book series, Where's Waldo? is a must-buy. The familiar settings included in the game are an excellent blast from the past, and the few random objectives seem to generally only take a minute or two to find-- Making for a great game to play for a few moments at a time. If you're not particularly tied to the Waldo series, there are better hidden object games with more variety on the App Store, although few posses as much charm as Where's Waldo?.
Nintendo DSGamer Limit (Oct 09, 2009)
Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey looks and feels like an authentic piece of Waldo merchandise; not throwaway shovelware. Fans of the book series will definitely want to have a go at it, but everyone else should steer clear due to the title's short length.
WiiVideo Game Generation (Jan 30, 2011)
Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey is apparently “based on” Martin Handford’s third Waldo book: “The Great Waldo Search”. The maps appear to be directly scanned from this book and brought to life by partial animation, background noise and music in what turns out to be a rather fun and amusing video game. While we’re certainly not talking about a particularly challenging game, for fans of the series or those who appreciate a bit of camp and cuteness, it still provides a bit of fun escapism. It’s a shame that the two player mode isn’t particularly responsive, which takes away the fun of competing against a friend. Honestly speaking, when I heard they were putting this game out, I didn’t think the Waldo books would translate to the video game milieu to any degree whatsoever. On having sat down and actually played the thing, I was glad to find my suspicions proven dead wrong.
65 (Oct 16, 2009)
Where's Waldo is executed very elegantly on the Wii. It doesn't pretend to be something it isn't and sticks with the already brilliant source material. The Fantastic Journey enhances Waldo in a way that would be impossible in print form.
WiiVideo Chums (Sep 12, 2014)
This game is simple fun. Most adults would find the single player way too easy, but kids might enjoy themselves. The multiplayer is great and both kids and adults can easily enjoy the fun to be had with it. If you are looking for some simple fun for your kids or are a fan of Waldo and would like to play it multiplayer with some friends then this game is a great choice.
Ultimately the decision of whether to buy this game versus the source book may come down to how you plan to use the game. The game costs $30 on the Wii and DS and $20 on the computer, making it more expensive than just buying the “Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey” book for $8. But, if you are traveling with a Nintendo DS, then the game fits nicely into a backpack, whereas the book version is big. If you are looking for visual puzzles for two players on the Wii, then this is a good choice. But if you just like seek-and-find puzzles, your cheaper option would be to go with the book.
iPhone148apps (Dec 21, 2009)
Where's Waldo? suffers from a bloated, lag-tastic implementation, load times, and a much-unappreciated timer. Where's Waldo? images are meant to be savored and explored. I don't want an app that allows (forces?) me to cheat, nor one that refuses to let me take my time.
WiiDigital Chumps (Oct 18, 2009)
Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey is truly a splitting image of the book itself, featuring exact replicas of the fantastical scenes with a few animations strewn throughout. Also, the act of seeking and finding is brought over and solidly reproduced onto the Wii. However, it’s still difficult to recommend any gamer to buy the game new as they can find the same fun within the books themselves (without all the bells and whistles) and can actually buy 6 of these books for the price of this one game. I would have liked to see Ubisoft approach the title on a dual front, where gamers can either buy it in stores or online at a lower price as WiiWare; that way, gamers could buy it at a much more affordable price than the current one.