A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hidden Objects Crosswords combines a challenging hidden objects game with crossword clues that are sometimes old-fashioned or refer to alcohol, smoking, or weapons. In each of the 54 levels, players are presented with a crossword puzzle. For each clue, they must find and tap on the correct object hidden in the picture, which is often a room or scene scattered with random objects. For example, for "an old ___ has the sweetest smoke," the player taps on a small image of a pipe. Clues about smoking or wine are scattered throughout the game, as are clues about weapons (often a dagger, though sometimes a gun, pistol, or sword).
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Is it any good?
This is a neat concept, and there is room for enjoyment for crossworders and hidden-object finders alike. The trick is making sure your kids' age and interest match this game, which has just one difficulty level throughout all the levels. Many clues rely on phrases and sayings kids may not know, and some clues mention weapons or wine. The game also moves more slowly than kids may like, with the challenge of finding objects, the hint timer taking a long time to reset, and the lack of an option to type in the answer to a clue. If your kids are pretty fluent in sayings like, "a bird in the hand beats two in the bush," they'll have a ball. If not, they'll need your help to avoid getting frustrated.