Friday, 31 August 2012

Smurfs Hide & Seek with Brainy

Smurfs Hide & Seek with Brainy is the newly released app from iStoryTime and Zuuka. Be prepared to become addicted within minutes. It is available for both the iPhone and the iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later and is optimised for the Retina display in the new iPad. 

 Smurfs Hide & Seek brings together all our favourite little blue characters in a series of puzzle pictures that will keep any user engrossed for hours.  My son and I literally spent hours trying out this app. It is one of those apps that once you start  you can't put it down until you have finished the scene.

The app consists of 12 different scenes and more than 280 hidden objects for you to find.  You will find yourself looking sideways at the iPad and turning it every way possible whilst looking for the hidden objects. We even set ourselves a time limit to add a bit more fun to the challenge.

Each scene follows a different theme. The first one is the big Spring Clean. You will find as you progress through the scenes that each one becomes a little bit trickier to complete. In each scene you are given a series of objects to find. You can search for them in any order you like. It doesn't matter which object/s  you find first. In order to advance on to the next scene you need to find all the current ones.

The second scene The Masked Ball kept myself and my son engrossed for ages. We were howling with laughter as the smurfs are so cleverly disguised in this scene you never know which one you will tap on next. I have to say it is probably my favourite level.

You are given the option to use a 'cheat' feature. However this can only be used 3 times per scene. Each time you select the cheat option a little star appears over the object you are looking for, but only for a few seconds. Make sure you don't use this option unless you really have to as you might find that if you use the cheat too early , you are unable to find the more cleverly disguised items later on.

The developer has added in a zoom in option, so you can see every image in the tiniest detail. This is very useful,  especially when searching for smaller items. 

At the end of each page is a little menu that you can drag across the screen. From here you can access the cheat function, scroll back to the previous screen or forward to the next one. You can also reset the game from the very beginning or just reset the current scene. Also in the bottom right corner you will find a little circle which has an image of the item/s you need to find. Tapping on the arrows in the circle will change the task to be completed. 

If you are a fan of the Smurfs then you do not want to miss out on this app. Even if you don't like our funny little blue friends, but enjoy puzzle type apps then check this one out. It is ideal for enhancing your observation skills and patience also. You must be prepared to spend a bit of time at the tasks. Don't expect to find them all at once.  I thoroughly enjoyed this app and can see myself coming back to it time and time again. Zuuka and iStoryTime never fail to impress me with their apps. 

If you would like to purchase the app now please do by clicking on this link iTunes . It is currently priced at $2.99 in the US iTunes Store. 

To learn more about iStoryTime please visit their Facebook page or their website. 

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