Peekaboo: Find the Hidden Fun UFO Characters is a fun game for iPad where players search scenes for colorful, friendly UFO’s who are hiding out and about, playing peek-a-boo on planet Earth. Seven aliens are included, each with a unique look and fun colors among the wonderfully stylized illustrations used here.
I love the look of this app in general; the palette of warm turquoises, oranges, sage greens, golden yellows and complimenting colors are some of my personal favorites, and I really enjoy their use here, as I do all the details used to create a wonderful series of environments for these cheerful UFO’s to hide in.
Ten scenes are included and range from natural landscapes complete with pretty trees that sway slightly as if during a summer breeze to flowers, other fauna and animals which sometimes make noises if tapped. Other scenes involve cityscapes with a lot going on, such as a “rush hour” scene rich with car noises that one can tap on, as well as a nice use of cactuses, rainbows, and other natural elements. A few scenes also include shopping motifs, which are a lot of fun as these UFO’s visit places like a toy store - a nice choice.
Look behind these objects and elsewhere on these sections to find the hiding UFO’s. It is useful that hints can be used if one is stuck looking for these creatures, as a bar at the top of the screen can be opened and the UFO's’s in question can be tapped to see their corresponding pair within the scene become highlighted with sparkly stars.
I like that the background ambient noises and the tappable sound effects each have their own volume controls, always a nice option to have. I also appreciate that if one looks closely at these illustrations, one can see a faint wood grain used to create the feel of a classic wood toy or puzzle, an element I am always fond of seeing.
Kids preschool age and up will enjoy this app for all that there is to look at. The difficulty level is nice for this age group; one must look closely to see these UFO’s, and it is nice that hints can be used as a reference to match from without tapping as well, making the hints suit the needs of different skill levels.
The opening and closing moments of this app introducing the aliens and creating closure are nicely done, but it would be nice if the places used to hide were random and different each time these games were played. Having said this, the landscapes used are busy enough that it is doubtful young children would notice this issue. I think kids will enjoy this peek-a-boo app, and the ten levels offered lend themselves well to nice quiet time with the iPad.
Do check out the other iPad applications by the developers at PopAppFactory. My son and I really enjoy some of their other apps, specifically MosaicHD and Tangram Puzzles; they are a company worth checking out.