For adult or adult-ish gamers, especially those of us who have played one too many horror point-and-clicks, the sight of a stuffed animal with sewn-on buttons for eyes and a stitched mouth sets off spine level alarm bells. It's difficult to remember sometimes that some things actually had an innocent meaning once. Bobblestitch, the titular hero of the kid-oriented hidden object and spot-the-difference title from Euclid Games, is a doll hand-made by a little girl, and her love brings him to life, and everything is sweet and nothing gets killed. Really. It may be a little sad that I have to emphasize that I'm not trying to fake you out here. If you're like me, you might have your senses on high alert when you first play, ready to close the window at the first sign of a jump scare, but that's not the game's fault. Get a six year old to play the game and he or she will appreciate it for what it is.
The six year old might be handy in more ways than one, actually, because the hidden objects can be tiny. You're either given a few items to find at a time, or told to find 30 eggs or hearts or whatever, and you click with the mouse to pick them up. To a certain extent this is something that plagues all Flash hidden object games. The size of the game window means that game makers have to choose between featuring scenes with objects that are so large and obvious it's like that Strong Bad kids' show parody ("He's barely obscured by the box!"), or else intricate scenes that will have you two inches from the screen wondering if you're old enough to be needing reading glasses. Bobblestitch goes for the latter. You can mitigate this to some extent by playing with your browser's zoom and your resolution.
Aside from hidden object scenes, the game also features a few mini-games, most prominently some spot the difference scenes, but also jigsaws and others. Throughout, the art is engaging and intricate, the music perfectly suited to the storybook mood. Hints refill quickly, so frustration never sets in. The game is not too long, probably best suited to a 15 to 20 minute break. If you're hankering for something sweet, skip the candy and try Bobblestitch. It's better for your teeth, at least.