A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to work on impulse control and combining quick visual processing with following the rules of a game.
Ease of Play
A hand icon and simple text instructions show kids how to play the game.
Products & Purchases
A small icon on the home page leads to ads for other apps from the same developer. Upon tapping on any of the ads, a simple addition problem acts as a parent gate to keep kids from accessing the app store.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This game of fast reflexes is mostly about having fun, though it does challenge kids who are working on impulse control and visual processing. Halloween - Where Is My Hat? starts out slowly and lets kids get acclimated to the game. But things quickly get more complicated as the target changes and the screen fills with more and more little characters popping in and out of holes. For young kids, it may already be quite a challenge to hold back their desire to tap everything they see instead of waiting for the correct targets. Then come the characters that kids should not tap even though they have the target accessory, and the task gets really hard. In fact, some kids might find it next to impossible. Since all the progress kids have made in a level gets erased when they tap on these no-no characters, some kids may get quite frustrated. The levels do adjust based on kids' performance, however. So if the algorithm is working well, kids shouldn't be stuck for long in levels that are too challenging for them. The two-player mode is a nice touch and allows for parents to join in the fun too.
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