Picky Kid Rating: 2.9
1-2-3 Find It! is an hidden object-style iPad game that can be played by very young children (even under age 2, with help!). The point of the game is to find and tap objects hidden in a scene. When you find them all, you win! It’s a simple concept, and a simple game with not a lot of educational value, but it’s relatively engaging and something parents and kids can play together.
When you first start the app, there will be a brief splash screen, and then you’ll see a start screen with a title and a large purple PLAY button. There’s one other button on the screen, a settings button. Tapping settings will allow you to toggle background music, sounds and language (English or Polish), and to see the credits. On the credits screen, links to Facebook and Twitter are protected by a tap-and-hold action. Tap the back arrow to get out of the settings screen.
We’d like to see an arrow or some motion added to the PLAY button on the start screen to make it more obvious for kids. They will probably find it anyway though, since there’s not much else to tap on the start screen. When you tap the purple button, you’ll come to a menu screen, where you can scroll left or right to see a a variety of characters, such a dog, a fish, a little girl, etc. There are ten in all.
You’d think you’d tap a character to start a game, but you must actually tap one of the numbers beneath a character. This throws kids (and adults!) at times. There are two numbers beneath each character because there are two different games for each. The objects are hidden in different places.
Tap a number beneath a character and your hero will be looking for something appropriate in the scene. For example, the dog is searching for balls, the cat is searching for mice, the bunny is searching for carrots, etc. When it comes to the people, the objects they’re looking for are gender stereo-typical; The dad looks for wrenches in the garage, while the mom looks for ladles in the kitchen.
You’ll know what you’re looking for, and how many (it’s always six) by looking at the top left of the screen, where you’ll see black outlines representing what you need to find. Tap one in the scene below, and it will appear to “fill in” in the area above. You’ll also hear a sound (different for each object) and get some shooting stars to encourage you. When you’ve found all six objects, you’ll get even more starbursts and hear “yay!”. You then have the option to go back (to the menu), forward (play the next game), or replay the game you just completed, by tapping the corresponding orange buttons at the bottom of the screen.
You can also get back to the menu during game play (back arrow), and also reset a game (reset button in bottom right), or pause the game. If you pause the game, you’ll be able to toggle music and sounds, skip forward, or go back to the menu. We like the fact that you can access this during game play. Sometimes the background music becomes annoying and it’s nice to be able to turn it off without interrupting your kid’s play too much.
As you successfully complete games, checkmarks will appear on the numbers in the menu screen so that you know which you’ve completed. There’s not a way to turn the checkmarks off or reset the game (short of deleting and reinstalling the app). This may discourage some kids from continued playing since they’ve “done it all”.
In terms of design, this game is brightly colored and a little cartoonish, but generally polished and well done. There are slight animations and visual effects on the objects you’re trying to find, which help catch your attention if you’re having trouble.
We like the sound effects, but find the music a bit tiring and repetitive. Luckily, you can turn the music off, but leave the sound effects on. There are essentially no voiceovers, though the human characters will say a few words or laugh when you find things for them. This is a nice touch. I can’t really tell what the mom is saying though… Maybe it’s in Polish?
Overall, this is a generally well-produced game that can provide decent entertainment for toddlers, though not much in terms of learning. Parents will need to help younger players navigate, and very young players may accidentally touch the buttons at the bottom of the screen as they reaching for objects.
[The developer of this app requested a Picky Kid review. No fees were paid.]Review: 123 Find It! iPad App,
123 Find It!
Played on: iPad 2, iOS6
- Edyta Glebocka