Not too long ago, we discovered a social game that seemed a bit different. The title was Spot the Difference, and the core game play revolved around – you guessed it – spotting the difference between various images. However, more of these type of games are turning up around Facebook. The newest one comes from a group called Play Chap entitled Spotmania.
In Spotmania, you are presented with two strikingly similar photographs, and have to find the five differences between them. Each images grants you a period of time to find these nuances and miss clicking or random guessing results in a loss of time.
As similar as it is to Spot the Difference, the game does have a few curious additions. Players have access to select power-ups such as “clue reveal” (finds one difference automatically) and “time extend” giving Spotmania a bit more variety than the other (who only has the clues). The power-ups are limited as well, but unlike Spot the Difference are replenished in bonus stages.
This is the other unique element to this game. Bonus stages actually have you compete with NPC characters such as the “Flip Ninja” and the “Mirror Master.” The term “compete” is a loose definition though, as all it really does is flip or reflect the images so the differences are harder to spot. Nonetheless, it does make for a means of adding spice to a very simple game.
The game is clean and fun, but it doesn’t seem to be much of a difficulty curve despite the possibility for one. As players score higher, they rank up from “Newbie” to “Maniac”, so one would assume lower ranks got easier puzzles, however it feels like some of the differences were decided at random. As an example, one game had an entire car missing and at the same time had another difference of a slightly different hued color on something a tenth the size. Of course, for this type of game, something like this is merely picking nits, but a difficulty progression would add a bit more flavor to play (sort of like how Waldo got better at hiding towards the end of a book).
Beyond this, the only real (intentional) annoyance comes in with the fact that you can only play once every 24 hours (without paying premium costs or going through ads). There is something about limiting game play that creates a stigma – at least with other similar titles, there is the option of multiplayer challenges during the downtime.