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Highlights Hidden Pictures

Highlights Hidden Pictures

Spring 2010 Mobile Apps
Ages: 4 & Up
Developer: MoBad Games
Producer: Highlights for Children
Download Price: $0.99
Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch

For the generations of us who were weaned on Highlights Hidden Pictures, no explanation is necessary. The digital version, just like its predecessors in print is a black and white illustration that includes a number of objects hidden within the drawing.

Players can choose to show the series of objects they must find, or to simply move around the picture until the think they've located a hidden treasure. Find one of the camouflaged objects, tap it and it turns to color. Having trouble? Click the "hint" button to have the screen automatically zoom in and circle an area in which an object is hidden. Background music can be turned on or off. Progress can be saved if play is stopped before a puzzle is completed.

A group of 8 puzzles are automatically downloaded when you purchase the game but Highlights also makes a free puzzle available each month as well as special puzzle packs you can purchase for $.99 each.

Both adults and kids found this challenging. Some puzzles contain just 8-10 objects while others contain as many as 25. With so many puzzles and so many objects, this app offers reliable 21st century fun.

Jessica Hensley   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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