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The most difficult “Where’s Waldo?” ever

Yes, I like puzzles, especially in summer. And I think you will like this one too (or maybe you will go crazy!). You will probably remember Waldo from your childhood. Well, he has differente names, for me his name was Wally.

I used images from Wenda, Odlaw, The Wizard and Woof (the dog) and spread them more than 25.000 times over a big Waldo image… And somewhere… there is one Waldo… only one.

Take a closer look.

Before clicking a WARNING, the image is huge (6.000×11.550 pixels, more than 20MB) so you better download it and use an image viewer to do the search. Right click and “Save Target As…”.

All media from the official “Where’s Waldo?” site.

I’m going to tell you a secret… I don’t really know where waldo is in this image. Don’t panic, he must be there because I force my program to do it… but I dont want to cheat looking at my log file.

So the first one who finds Waldo will win a free Image-To-Words. I will do  an image to words transformation with the image the winner choose. Just post a comment with the approximate position.

[UPDATE] You have two different versions to solve:

Where’s Waldo
Where’s Waldo 2

[UPDATE 2] Here you have a vector base version of Where’s Waldo 2. The characters have been simplified in order to reduce the file size.

JO-D-100611-WhereisWaldo2.pdf (Take Care!, more than 60MB)

[UPDATE 3] Navigate 2.5 Gigapixel version of this image trough Zoom.it.

And this is the guy you are looking for:

Good Luck!

Dedicated to my brother… (hey man, try with this one!)

24 Responses to “The most difficult “Where’s Waldo?” ever”

  1. Darin Styles says:

    In the first image, Waldo is located in the blue thing that hangs around his neck. He is in the left 1/3rd of the light area and is right underneath a wizard and in between a group of dogs (to his left) and yellow Waldos (to his right). He is approximately at the midpoint of the light area measured vertically.

  2. juanosborne says:

    Oh my, it’s true… you found him!!!

    Congratulations!. I’m at your orders :-)

    Does anyone dare to the second image?

  3. Ryan says:

    Found him in the second picture. I thought he would be in a brighter spot in the picture, but without giving it away he is facing blackish space (an faded dog and half a wizard), with a wizard underneath him, 2 wizards behind him and a dog above him.

    I used to love these puzzles as a child!!

    • juanosborne says:

      Another winner!

      I had to look at my log files because your description was not enough for me!. But yes, you found him.

      Finally, it was not so hard… perhaps I need to start thinking in a new puzzle with.. let say 100.000 characters or… what about a 1.000.000?…

      I will think about it.

  4. Bejoscha says:

    This would make a great source-image for testing template-matching algorithms, I’d guess…

  5. Skyler says:

    Ive been looking for waldo on Image #2 for a few hours, I even have about 15 co workers looking for it as well. Would you be able to provide where he is??

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  8. Found in 13 minutes. True story !

    I got the sreenshot if you want, tell me.

    Enjoy !

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  10. Joe Smith says:

    I love this i want more on this subject
    any references please?

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    Would you be able to provide where he is??

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  13. solan says:

    These are great images. You mentioned that they can be found on the official website, but I could not find them there. Could you please let us know where exactly to find them and whether these images can be posted freely by general public without license restriction? I would like to know if one can post them on a personal website or blog.

  14. Sam says:

    This is wicked. So stoked I found it. I am wanting to use these for a youth group and I need to know where the wallys are in each picture. Would there be any chance of being emailed screen shots of where he is or a really good description? That would be awesome

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    your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back in the future. Many thanks

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    Hi there, I check your new stuff lkke every week. Your
    story-telling style is awesome, keep up the good work!

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