"Time Geeks Find All!" was the first "seek and find" game from Ivanovich Games for iOS and it was quite popular. To give players more challenge without changing too much of the gameplay, the developers added multiplayer element that became Time Geeks and Friends. The new game however turns the humorous and fun experience into a frenzy that brings speed and competition into play. For those who still want to sit back and find the little targets at their leisure, the game offers a kid mode without timers and competition. So let's go find Waldo!
The Seek and Find gameplay is a classic genre and Time Geeks brings back the experience in its full pixel art glory. The HD version on the iPad looks sharp even though the graphics are designed to be retro. The game comes in two playing modes, a timed competition multiplayer mode and a relaxing kid mode with no timer or competition. In multiplayer mode, the game offers to either find you a perfect competitor or you can invite friends who also play the game to join you for a match. Each game includes three missions, each mission is harder than the last. Whoever wins two out of three wins the match. There are three power-ups to help you along as well; power-ups that add time and remove obstacles for you during each level. You can unlock power-ups and decide which one to use for each level. It does cost your coins which you earn back for just playing long enough.
The AI does a good job at matching you with a comparable opponent each time. It's nice that the game lets you finish the levels as long as you still have time left on the timer, and pits you against opponents and friends on records and challenges via Game Center. AI feels balanced in terms of difficulty levels, but if you spend enough time with the game, you'll see re-runs of the game levels especially in kid mode.
Graphics & Sound
Time Geeks and Friends has nifty graphics. They are retro in style but certain look sharp and colorful on the iPad's retina display. The different themes like the lost island, football stadium, Aztec pyramid and even Tetris and video themed levels, add so much to the fun experience in the game. The game's UI is easy to understand with computerized voice guidance. Characters and items you need to find in the game are distinctive looking so you don't feel like the target would be anything. Colors too help hide the objects and characters even in a similar level, which makes things very interesting.
The audio package is always polished. The background music matches the graphics' retro style with retro techno sound tracks and we have to give a big kudos to whoever came up with the lines that describe the person or item you have to find in each mission. A blood axe is Jack Nickolson's nail trimmer, a vampire is someone you don't want to run into in a dark alley, a flasher with a trench coat and much more. The lines make reference and take jabs at pop culture and computer culture, and they're pure entertainment. We love the sound tracks as well except that the game could use a few more of them.
A social seek and find game that harks back to the good old days but with much updated graphics and modern references. Time Geeks and Friends is a fun single player game as well as a frantic and demanding multiplayer game. It's easy to play and can occupy your time for long period or only a few minutes. The game looks great on the new iPad retina display and it's free to play competition with your friends or other random players. The paid version offers the no-time limit option. If you need to sharpen your eyes and observation skills, Time Geeks & Friends is excellent and unique game for you.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: -4.5- Retro style in sharp graphics. Levels are well designed. Sound: -4- Retro style BGM that's excellent but needs more tracks. Controls: -4.5- Smooth and easy. When zoomed, you can miss the target once in a while. Gameplay: -4- Excellent gameplay that offers both relaxed mode and fierce competition mode.
Playing Hints and Tips:
Zooming in is a great way to get a closer look, but also takes extra time to move around, and some times the target is a bit different to tap really quickly. So make sure you need to zoom in.