Around three and a half years ago I looked at the original Disney Eye Found It!. While the game was made with younger children in mind, I was intrigued by it as ever since I was a kid I have enjoyed the “Where’s Waldo?” mechanic of finding specific objects hidden among a bunch of other objects. Ultimately I was left disappointed by the original game as it just never lived up to its potential. A few years after the original game came out, a more streamlined card game was released which is what I am taking a look at today. Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game improves upon the original game to create a solid find it game for the whole family even if the experience gets a little repetitive after a while.
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In general I can’t say that I was a big fan of the original Disney Eye Found It!. While there were elements of the game that I liked, there were too many mechanics that just dragged down the whole experience. In my review for that game I specifically mentioned that I think the game would have been much better if it just focused on the searching mechanic.
This is honestly the main reason I was intrigued by Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game even though I didn’t really like the original game. Instead of wasting time with a very basic spin and move mechanic, the game gets right into what is most important. The game basically focuses entirely on the searching mechanic taking out all of the other mechanics that bogged down the original game.
Basically the game is centered around trying to get rid of all of the cards from your hand before the other players. A card is flipped over on the table which will show a picture/word of an object. The players then look through the cards in their own hands to try and find one that has the corresponding object. When you find one you play the card to the table as quickly as possible to try and beat the other players. This continues until one of the players have gotten rid of all of their cards. That is basically all there is to the game.
While Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game is still far from a perfect game, I think it is a considerable improvement over the original game. This is mostly due to the fact that it focuses on what the original game did best while getting rid of everything that didn’t add to the experience. Searching for the objects is fun. Spinning a spinner and moving the corresponding number of spaces is not fun. I have always enjoyed this find the hidden object gameplay, and it holds up pretty well in the card game.
In some ways I kind of miss the large board from the original game as it forced you to search through a larger area to find the hidden objects. Searching through the smaller cards to find hidden objects doesn’t have quite the charm, but it is much easier as you don’t need to search nearly as large of an area. The gameplay is still fun on its own, and the drastically smaller box that the game comes in more than makes up for the difference between the cards and large gameboard.
If you have ever enjoyed this Where’s Waldo style gameplay, I think you will have fun with Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game. The gameplay is far from deep, but there is something satisfying about quickly searching for hidden objects and finding them before the other players. The gameplay isn’t going to be for everyone. If you don’t like this search for the hidden object gameplay, there is nothing about Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game that will likely interest you. Fans of this genre will likely have at least some fun with the game though.
Like the original game Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game was designed with younger children in mind. The game has a recommended age of 3+ which is actually quite young for a board game. Younger children may need some help with reading the text or knowing what objects that they are searching for. There is nothing about the actual gameplay that they should struggle with though.
With the game being so easy to play, it should come as no surprise that the game plays rather quickly. Each game will somewhat depend on how lucky players get with the cards in their hands and the objects that need to be found. If a player is lucky and has most of the objects on their cards, a player could win the game within just a couple minutes. Otherwise I would guess most games will only take 10-15 minutes unless a lot of objects that no one can match are revealed. With the game’s simplicity, this makes it a pretty good filler if you don’t have much time or need something that won’t tax your mind too much.
This simplicity comes at a cost though. Not surprising the game pretty much has no strategy. Outside of deciding how much time to spend analyzing each card, there is no strategy to the game. The player who can scan their cards the quickest and find the corresponding objects will have a pretty big advantage in the game. Speed is a big component of the game as only one card can be played for each object. If you generally struggle with speed games, you may have some trouble with Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game.
In addition to very little strategy, Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game has a pretty big reliance on luck. While speed is a big deciding factor in who wins, luck is just as important if not even more. It doesn’t matter how fast you are at finding objects if they aren’t present on your cards. Basically to do well in the game you need cards with the right objects on them at the right times.
This creates an interesting dichotomy in the game. Generally early in each game the fastest player is going to have a pretty big advantage in the game. The fastest player will likely get rid of most of their cards right away as they can find the objects quicker than the other players. With less cards it also makes it quicker to search as you don’t have as many cards to look at.
In the games we played one or two players would get down to their last card rather quickly. At this point the game changed drastically though. Having less cards means you can search them quicker, but it also makes it much more likely that your card(s) won’t have the current object on them. You will then just sit there as the other players start to catch up to you. Many games will likely come down to who gets a card that features an object from their last card first. It is quite easy to go from being one card away from winning, to being the last player to get rid of their last card.
This is solely due to the game’s reliance on luck. There is nothing that you can do if the objects on your last card never come up. If you are a really competitive player this could be a little frustrating as you watch other players steal the victory from you with there being nothing that you can do to prevent it. To get the most out of the game you really need to not take the outcome seriously. In a lot of ways the outcome to the game can be kind of random and the player that is best at finding objects won’t always win.
Other than the reliance on luck, the other main issue I had with Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game is the fact that I kind of question the game’s long term replay value. The game is fun, but I don’t know if that will last the more you play the game. In the couple of games that I played, repeat cards started to come up. The game is not something that I would want to play all the time. I can see playing it maybe a couple of times, and then putting it away for quite a while until you are no longer familiar with the cards. Each individual game will play exactly the same, which tends to get a little repetitive after a while.
As for the game’s components I generally liked them for a game that only retails for around $10. Like the original game, I really liked the game’s artwork. The cartoony style works really well for the game and there are a lot of little details in many of the pictures. Fans of Disney will likely really enjoy the artwork. I also appreciate how the game takes up considerably less room than the original game. I just wish the game had more cards so you wouldn’t get repeats as quickly.
I didn’t really know what to expect from Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game. While I liked the idea for the original game, in action the game was disappointing as it focused on too many mechanics that weren’t all that fun. The card game fixes a lot of these as it focuses solely on the find the hidden object gameplay which was the best part of the original game. The gameplay for the most part is pretty fun and should appeal to fans of the find the hidden object mechanic. The game is also quite easy to play and plays rather quickly. Families with younger children will likely enjoy the game.
The game does end up relying on a lot of luck though. It doesn’t matter how good you are at the game if you don’t have the right cards in your hands. For this reason you need to be okay that it doesn’t really matter who wins the game. I am also a little concerned with the game’s long term replay value as I could see it getting a little repetitive over time. It is probably best in shorter doses.
Ultimately I enjoyed Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game more than the original game even though it has its own issues. If you don’t generally like the find the hidden object gameplay, I don’t see the game changing your mind. If you like these type of games though, I think you may enjoy Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game and should consider picking it up.
Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Card Game
Year: 2015 | Publisher: Ravensburger, Wonder Forge | Designer: Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Rob Stoddard | Artist: NA
Genres: Card, Children’s, Speed
Ages: 3+ | Number of Players: 2+ | Length of Game: 10-20 minutes
Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate-High
Components: 57 cards, instructions
- Streamlines the original game to focus on the elements that were the most fun.
- Easy to play and plays pretty quickly.
- Relies on a lot of luck as the cards you are dealt will determine if you can win.
- Better in short doses as it can get repetitive over time.
Recommendation: For Disney fans that enjoy “find the hidden object” gameplay.