15 years ago, a delightful spot-the-difference game debuted for DS and now, QuickSpot's back with a brand new Switch release.
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I have fond memories of playing QuickSpot on DS back in the day from its enjoyable single player content to its multiplayer mode via Download Play. As a big fan of classic Namco games, it was a delight whenever a scene from Pac-Man, Mr. Driller, Taiko no Tatsujin, or SoulCalibur showed up. Mix that with simple gameplay that's easy to wind down with after a long day and you're left with one charming package. Thankfully, this Switch version is even better with its sharper visuals and intuitive setup for both handheld and TV play. v1d30chumz 35-175-107-185
That's right; QuickSpot is set up very differently whether you're enjoying it solo undocked or with friends in party mode on the TV. Unfortunately, you can't play on the TV by yourself unless you want to challenge CPU opponents because the single player modes are controlled by touching the screen and holding the Switch vertically. Specifically, you draw circles with your finger on the screen while multiplayer mode merely involves dragging a cursor and selecting things. Either way, it's intuitive stuff that folks of all ages can enjoy.
The core gameplay of QuickSpot involves finding the differences between 2 pictures then highlighting them. That may sound simple enough but there are many modes and variations that do a great job of mixing things up. For example, you may only be able to see wherever spotlights shine, an image may be flipped, or you'll have to slide panels out of the way. On top of that, there are extra modes such as picking puzzle pieces that don't belong and counting objects. These modes make playing with up to 4 friends a good time. Plus, whenever you play by yourself, you can either challenge a mode where you find the difference as quickly as possible to increase your score or take on individual images; of which there are 500 with 10 differences to find in each. That's quite a lot of content! 😄
Another aspect that QuickSpot does well is provide a wealth of unlockables that you can gradually work towards achieving. For starters, every 10 images you solve in endless mode unlocks a new group of 10. An extra nifty inclusion is that there is a gallery of 96 collectible images that double as achievements and can be used as your profile picture. However, I wish there were more customization elements such as being able to change your cursor or select different visual themes. That would have kept the presentation feeling fresh.
Of course, considering QuickSpot is such a simplistic game at its core, it is only enjoyable in short bursts. My gaming chum and I only had fun playing it for half an hour or so at a time and whenever I picked it up solo, I had my fill after completing 5 or so quick mode challenges as well as a few endless mode images. Don't get me wrong; it's still a superb game to wind down with and it makes for a decent multiplayer game to add to your library, too. Oh, that reminds me; one part of multiplayer that can be a bummer is the bonus wheel because more often than not, it provides such a big bonus that it essentially dictates who will win the match and that's not fun.
It may be simple but QuickSpot is a clever spot-the-difference experience that contains much more variety than you'd imagine. Throw in a solid multiplayer component and plenty of Namco references and you're looking at one nifty little game.
- + Simple yet tricky spot-the-difference fun that will appeal to all ages
- + Impressive amount of variety and pictures
- + Enjoyable both solo and via party mode
- - Only fun in short bursts
- - Could use more customization elements
- - Bonus wheel can make parties feel unfair