WhatZ

WhatZ’Odd with Buds ($1.99) by Siddbetter Ltd is a hidden object game where you are in charge of placing the objects while your opponent must squint through a messy image to find them.

WhatZ

In order to play the game, you must either register with a new account, or sign in through Facebook. Once signed in, players can either connect with friends and family through email, in-game invitations, or Facebook invites. If you don’t want to bug your friends while they are working, you can also pair up with a random player.

On your turn, you will either hide an object, or seek one. To hide an object, take a picture of the messiest place in your house, or choose from one of your camera roll pictures. You can also select a random photo from the app. There are only a handful of pictures though, and variety is the spice of life.

Once you have the background image, tap the “Odjects” button to pick three objects to place in the room. Be sure to pick things that will blend in well with the picture. For example, if you have a picture of a crowd of people walking down the street, you don’t want to try to hide a chair

When it is your turn to find the hidden objects, be careful where you touch. Players only get five tries to find three objects. To select what you believe is a hidden object, touch and hold it. If you are correct, the object will disappear in a puff of smoke. If you are wrong, you’ll see a spark of lightning.

If you win the round, you will earn 12 coins. Coins can be used to purchase additional objects and “passes,” which let you use some objects more than once.

Although it can be a lot of fun trying to outsmart your opponent with clever placement of objects, like putting a necklace on a doll, or hiding a painting right out in the open on a wall, this game leaves a lot to be desired.

The user interface is clunky and awkward. When you are trying to place or find objects, the border will drop down ever time you lift your finger from the screen. The instructions are a bit confusing and the object passes don’t really make any sense. Even though the game costs $1.99, there are still additional features that cost an exponential amount of coins, which means if you want to use them, you have to spend more money through an in-app purchase.

Additionally, sometimes the app incorrectly reads your guess. I noticed a few times when I tapped on an object, but missed it by a fraction of an inch, it was read as incorrect.

If you really enjoy playing games against other people, this one is unique and fun. It always feels good to trick your opponent with a well-placed houseplant. For the price, I’d like to see the user interface get an overhaul. There is an ad-supported free version, but the app is already somewhat ugly and advertisements would make it that much more unattractive.