Oh, now, where'd that smiling stump with the spectacles go? It was just there but now... Anyway, you've got three other weirdo creatures to find, and Hidden Doodles isn't going to slow down so you can take in the scenery. A hidden object game without all the story or adventure elements, Hidden Doodles from Invedars is similar to Little Things Forever releases, dropping you into level after level of crowded scenes filled with some amazingly creative drawings. Take your entire comic book collection, tear it up (please don't, not really), put it in a blender (don't!), then arrange everything on the table and try to find Superman with Bart Simpson's head. That's Hidden Doodles in a nutshell, and you're going to love it.
Simplicity is the name of the game. Choose from arcade, mission and versus modes, the former serving as an endless find-a-thon (complete with exploding spike bombs) and the latter a two player simultaneous competitive object finding extravaganza. Mission mode contains most of the meat, and it's here that you'll complete level after level of quick doodle finding. At the start of each stage you are shown as many as four characters. Memorize them. When you're ready, tap the window away and start hunting. A timer counts how long you spend staring at the scene, and incorrect taps take away one life apiece. The goal is to be as fast and accurate as you can, earning better times and more stars for your efforts.
Hidden Doodles looks phenomenal, and you'll kind of want to sit and stare at the screen just to take in all the details (how can a roll of toilet paper cry, anyway?). But you've got things to find and high scores to trounce, so there's no time to waste. Hidden Doodles may not have as much variety as some games, but it's great fun in short bursts and even better with a friend!
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on an iPad. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.