QuickSpot for Nintendo DS tests your ability to quickly identify differences in pictures that appear on the top and bottom Nintendo DS screens. This is the basic concept of the game and it sounds kind of simple, but it is actually harder and more entertaining than it seems. Trying to find the one item that is different in the images is sometimes very easy and other times it is very hard. The difference can be staring you right in the face right in the middle of the screen and you are so focused on trying to find something not that obvious that you totally miss it until after you have looked all around the screen.
You control QuickSpot on your Nintendo DS totally with the stylus and it works really well. All you do throughout the game is circle items that are different on the screen. You even circle items in the menu to pick your game modes and save games. Circling the object that is different on the screen as fast as possible is the objective, but circling the full object that is different gets you more points towards your â€œRecognitionâ€ values. This means that you can just draw a circle on the object, but if you fully circle it then you get more points for it.
You also get points in the game for doing other things while trying to find differences between the pictures. These points add up to make up your other attributes that are as follows: Judgment, Intuition, Concentration, Stability, and Recognition as stated above. This game is a lot like Brian Age and Big Brian Academy, where it has you performing tasks and then it evaluates your brain activity based on how well you do on each level and gives you advice on how to improve.
Each level has 10 stages in it and the last stage is a boss battle. The boss battles have you doing new things, like blowing leaves off the screen or rubbing away everything covering the bottom screen while you try to find the differences before your time runs out. If you defeat the boss tasks then you can move on to the next level. There are 5 levels in all plus bonus levels that include animated levels where you find the things that are animated different in the bottom screen compared to the top.
QuickSpot also has a Focus Play mode on top of the Rapid Play mode that is played similar, but in Focus Play mode you have to find 10 things that are different in the bottom screen compared to the top. This is also done at your own pace and you can take as long as you like instead of being under the gun like the standard gameplay mode. The last play mode besides multiplayer is Todayâ€™s Fortune, where the game has you play stages like in Rapid Play, but then tells you your horoscope for that day based on your performance and items you choose.
The graphics in the game are hard to judge, since they are all basically static images except for the animated levels. Some of the images are detailed and others are simple, but they all look nice. All of them fit into the theme of the game and expect to see some classic Namco characaters, such as, Pac-Man, Klonoa, Mr. Driller, Katamari Damacy, Taiko: Drum Master, and more.
QuickSpot for Nintendo DSâ€™s music is also simple and relaxing in some spots, but also increases in tempo when time is running out in a level. All of it fits well with the game and gameplay and I enjoyed it while playing the game.
Namco also included a multiplayer mode, where you compete against your friends to see who can spot the differences the fastest. There is also a Time Bomb mode that has you passing one Nintendo DS around like a hot potato as you find the differences in the picture as fast as possible before passing it onto the next person. The person holding the Nintendo DS when the timer runs out loses.
I really enjoyed playing QuickSpot and think anyone that likes games like Brain Age and Big Brain Academy will enjoy it. It is not the longest game and I easily beat the main part of the game in a few days only playing an hour or two per day. QuickSpot is also like the other brain games that are designed to be played in small increments. I am also not sure about the replayability, since there are only so many images and variations of the images, but until you learn them all and you know every place to look for differences the game should be entertaining. You can also try to get medals, by completing the levels as fast as possible, which should add some replay value. If you have been looking for a new brain game to exercise you cerebral cortex then you canâ€™t go wrong with QuickSpot.
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