Find the Bug is a set of four flash-based spot-the-difference games by Ketevan Iakobishvili and Manfred Weber. Each game in the trio has a different set of themed images—nature, space, and classic paintings. You are given one out of dozens of images paired with a slightly altered version. It's your job to spot the five differences and click them before time runs out.
The game works with a simple scoring system based on how quickly you find the changes. Incorrect guesses take a chunk of your time away, so you can only afford to make one or two mistakes. When you find all five alterations your remaining time is added to your score and you proceed to another picture. The images are random, but the farther you progress the faster the time decreases. You have three "freebies" you can use at any time to reveal differences, but use them wisely.
Find the Bug is not Where's Waldo or Sesame Street's "One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other" game. It pulls some really sly Photoshop tricks to make you do everything but pixel hunt to find what's been changed. The images range from extremely difficult to moderately challenging, but none of them are laughably easy. The good news is that after playing (and losing) several times, images will repeat and you'll remember where the differences are located. The more you play, the easier the game is and the better your score.
Although the idea certainly isn't a new one, Find the Bug has a very clean and interesting interface. Catchy music loops in the background and the images are always fun to look at. The website also has a memory matching game using the same style as the Find the Bug games. Good for when you just can't compare another set of pictures.
Here's a few tips to get you started with Find the Bug:
- Don't focus on finding something "wrong" in an image, as the alterations almost always blend in.
- The best way to compare the pictures is to look at a small area and dart your eyes back and forth between the images. Methodically move through each set to get a better score.
- Look at the negative space and overall shape of objects in each image.
- A few common alterations: subtle changes of shadow, lengthening/shortening of objects, slight color changes, objects move in front of/behind other objects.
- Don't look for the same defect twice. For example, if a petal on a flower is missing, don't waste time looking for more missing petals.
Find the bugs, or else.
Thanks to Stebu for sending this one in!