Hide and Seek: Fun with Animals by Monkimun SL turns a childhood favorite into a digital experience. After being asked your age (though I can’t figure out why…) children meet Lisa the kitten. She wants to play. Join her in the forest as she and her friends hide. Children simply scroll around and look for the hidden characters.
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A picture of each friend is located on the side of the screen. The narrator tells the user who to look for. Players scroll around looking specifically for the friend who needs to be found. Animals are hidden with a portion of themselves showing so that users can find them. Players may only find the one friend who the narrator asks you to find, tapping on other friends elicits no response. If players struggle, the friend’s noise plays and the narrator uses positional words to describe their location. Find them and tap to continue play. After each friend is found, all of the friends change hiding places, so be careful!
There are three levels to the game. The forest has four hidden friends, but the winter scene and Egypt scene each have six hidden friends. Aside from seeking the friends, the scenes have other interactive components like falling apples or marching ants (don’t step on them). Also, if users tap the wrong place, the app narrates the object touched to reinforce vocabulary.
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This app has simple game play and easy to follow, narrated instructions. I liked that if a player had a hard time finding the friend, the app would prompt the user with sounds and a description using positional words. I also liked that the friends moved each time. That meant that if you found a friend when you weren’t supposed to, he wouldn’t be in the same spot the next time. While there are three levels, and the friends hide in different spots each time, hide and seek is really all the app does. It’s good for really young children, but doesn’t offer a challenge for children over the age of four.
Overall, Hide and Seek: Fun with Animals is an app that does just what the title says. It is a digital hide and seek game for children aged 1-4. By scrolling and tapping, children find the hidden friends, even get a little help if needed.
At the time of this review, there are no ads or in-app purchases and external links are found in the Parent section protected by a parent gate.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She secretly admits to loving hide and seek (the real version) and hoping it takes her son a while to find her! She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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