I love a good spot the difference puzzle and when we go out for dinner and Miss A gets a drawing sheet with spot the difference on, I’m always looking over her shoulder to see if I can find the elusive last difference that seems to trick her.
We were asked if we wanted to try University Games’ version of Spot the Difference, so how could I say no. This was going to be as much for me as for Miss A.
The game comes in a tin, which is not what I was expecting, but when I opened the tin, I saw the potential for playability. Inside the tin are 80 different challenges. The cards have either five or ten differences on them and are double-sided with one side being slightly more difficult than the other.
The cards are made to accommodate the two dry wipe pens that are included in the tin, so despite the game being suitable for 1-4 players, you will need more dry wipe pens if you want more than two of you to play at a time.
Keeping score in this game is determined by another spot the difference card. You can see this is marked as a score card. The winner is the person who wins five rounds first and manages to complete their score card.
We started off with the five difference cards to ease 6yo into it, but I needn’t have worried about the fact the game is suitable for ages 8 and over, as she was circling the differences quicker than me for most of the rounds.
We had soon moved onto the cards with ten differences on them, and the competition was heating up. Each round only takes a couple of minutes so this can be a quick game to complete if you’re short of time.
The dry wipe pens have a handy eraser on the end of them so there is no mess when it comes to removing the circles you’ve added on. I did notice whilst playing that some of the cards were more difficult than others, but this made it a nice challenge for the grown ups playing.
When we had completed the five rounds, and yes Miss A beat her Dad five games to four which she was very pleased about, she chose to continue playing alone.
As you can play on your own, it would take a while to get through all the cards before you memorised the where the differences were. Also as there’s no mess when playing, I think this would be a good game to take when travelling. It would be perfect on a plane journey a it’s not too big.
A big thumbs up from us. Also great for car journeys and taking on a plane.
Disclosure – we received the game free of charge, but all opinions are our own.