As a kid, I used to love these little games that were found in magazines. In Belgium, we also had one called ‘Zoek De Verschillen’, which translates to ‘Find The Differences’. Usually, you had to find 5 or 7 differences between two pictures that seemed to look exactly alike at first sight. Now, Hyper Three Studio has brought this game to Steam, but it has a little twist. In Tiny Lands you have to find five differences between two pictures, but these are fully rotatable and zoomable. This sounded like a lot of fun to me, so I jumped right on it! Let me share my thoughts with you in this short review.
We played Tiny Lands for 4 hours on PC.
Let me give a quick introduction to the game. Tiny Lands has five worlds (each having their own theme) that all contain 10 levels. In the beginning, there is one world available, and the other four take a certain amount of stars to unlock. These stars can be gained by finding differences (1 difference equals one star). In every level, you have to discover 5 differences.
Now, what I like about the game is that you can rotate the pictures and zoom in! You know how people say ‘why not look at things from a different perspective’? Well, that’s exactly what you can do here. Items in pictures can differentiate in color, size, placement, etc. If you’re stuck on one level, just continue to another one and come back to it later. You will have to start over again though; all the differences you found already will be gone. There is no fixed order when it comes to the levels; you can play them in any order. Gathering the stars isn’t that difficult so you’ll unlock the other worlds quite easily as well. The graphics are aesthetically pleasing and the music was pretty soothing and adjusted to the picture. For example, when the picture included a train, you’d hear passing train sounds.
I feel like this game is suitable for adults and children alike, and both can have a good time searching for the differences. However, there are no hints or punishments. Maybe a children mode with hints and an adult mode with punishments (to prevent random clicking on the pictures) could be a nice addition and add some extra challenge for the adults.
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