Seek and find games are appealing to all ages. The Great Gem Search caters to young hidden object seekers. This hide and seek game is perfect for children aged 2-8, who want to get in on the seek and find games the rest of us enjoy.
The Great Gem Search by developer Internet Exposure, is a simple seek and find game geared towards children aged two to eight. Players must find four colored gems in each of twelve levels to proceed forward in the game. The gems are not terribly hard to find, and are tucked into places where a portion of the stone is visible. The game is linear, with each level building on the last and the characters moving from scene to scene.
Players join Jake, his blob Podgy, and Blinks the dragon as they travel the world looking for precious gems. Each level has a blue, pink, purple, and golden gem hidden in the scene. Tap on the gems to mark them complete on the menu. Throughout each level, players can find animations and sound effects by tapping on different objects. Tapping on Podgy and Blinks always elicits a response. As each set of gems is found, Jake and his friends move to the next scene. Each scene is connected to the last in some way - the narwhal in the ocean where Jake was fishing, riding a sleigh from scene to scene, climbing down a rope - the connection is there.
The 12 levels of this game are easy to navigate, and the gems are not hard to find. They are partially visible, so young children will be able to find them easily. However, if kids are having a hard time, parents can use the setting menu to enable the skip a level button. Simply tap the arrow to move to the next scene. While the developer says children up to 8 will enjoy this, I think age 6 or 7 will be the maximum age where children will enjoy this challenge. It is the perfect seek and find game for toddlers and preschoolers.
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I really appreciated that this app is geared for young children. My son loves to find the hidden object, but many of those hide and seek games are too hard for his short attention span. We found that he played this one a lot longer because he was successful in finding the gems. The animations are decent and the blob and dragon were fun to tap on. The hidden animations are small, but fit well with the game and were enjoyable surprises to discover. I do wish there were more levels. I'm hoping in the future, the developer will release additional scenes to play hide and seek with.
Overall, The Great Gem Search is a fun seek and find game for small children. It is simple enough for preschoolers to be successful with and would cease to be challenging around age 6 or 7. This app is fun for those children who find the other hidden object games to difficult to play.
The Great Gem Search is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini
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This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She loves hidden object games and frequently gets lost in those hide and seek worlds instead of doing her work. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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