The objective of the game is to find Waldo in each picture to progress through the game. This is done by moving a cursor through the screen till you are certain where Waldo is. There is a time limit in the game and each wrong choice you make will decrease the limit along with the time itself. The gameplay style changes in the forest, cave, and train station levels.
Why it Sucks
- The largest reason the game was heavily panned were the graphics which were so poor it was difficult to tell which sprite was Waldo.
- The game is also not challenging at all. Even if you lose time making wrong choices, you can still scan every screen and eventually find him.
- Unbelievably short. According to the Angry Video Game Nerd, it only took him six minutes to beat the game.
- The levels are randomly generated, sometimes making the game unwinnable.
- In a strange gameplay diversion you take control of Waldo after finding him in the cave level. You can collect an icon with an hourglass then pick up another icon to move onto the next level; however, don't ever pick up the hourglass. It actually deducts 100 seconds from the timer, making the game harder.
- Poor ending.
Cracked.com said of Where's Waldo to have the worst graphics of any NES game: "There are many other graphically challenged games that were made, but this game takes the cake."
A reviewer from Honestgamers.com criticized the gameplay: "At first I did not understand what I was supposed to do and was even considering returning it to the store." ConsoleClassix.com said that, although fans of the book may enjoy the game a little, other players may get bored. In an issue of GameInformer, they gave Where's Waldo a 1 out of 10 citing it as being "a game for those too lazy to turn a page." In giving the game an F, writer Cyril Lachel wrote, "It's hard to believe something this pointless came out of Bethesda Softworks... Where's Waldo? Hopefully in a landfill, because that's where this 8-bit piece of garbage belongs." A reviewer of Yahoo! Voices, who gave the game 0.5 out of 5 stars, even criticized the sound effects. Some reviewers also noted of the game's lack of replay value, such as in a review by Gamecola.net.
The game was listed #12 on Seanbaby.com's "Worst Nintendo Games".