Moonbeeps: Hide and Seek

Moonbot Studios, LLC. 2015. iOS, requires 6.0 or later. Version 1.0.1. $2.99.
PreS-Gr 3—In this charming but fairly challenging version of the familiar neighborhood game, kids are asked to find four giggling, humming little friends. Taps lead viewers through a small grid of suburban houses, while swipes change the perspective to allow them to peer around trees or behind a shed. If a seeker seems stalled, a little hint pops up to prod them in the right direction. Once all the friends are found, they have a dance party, naturally.Four seasonal palettes are available, and children will quickly learn that the blobby fruit-colored pals are easiest to find in winter. It's a simple app, yet repeated play reveals unexpected details. Each character, though largely preverbal, exhibits distinct personality and physical traits. There are 30 objects to find along with the friends, and once all those items are discovered, the kids get to wear party hats. Sound effects vary by season, with whistling winds in winter, twittering birds in spring, and a distant barking dog in autumn, among others. Reminiscent of Teletubbies in its wordless, gentle play, and Yo Gabba Gabba for its cheerful use of color and music. Elegant and warm, this is a winner, with a broad age appeal.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson

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