Despite being someone who loves to teach and have been teaching for quite some time, I just realized that it’s quite difficult to teach logic to younger kids. At least, that’s how I felt when I played this brand new game from Ahoiii, called Fiete - Spot the Difference, with my three-year-old Noah. The gameplay is straightforward — players need to find the odd one out of a set of pictures — but explaining it to a three-year-old is not that easy.
Let Kids Reason and Explain Their Reasoning
The game offers 99 levels that are categorized into 33 subsets. Each subset has its own theme; for example, the first three levels are all about farm animals. The game will show you three animal pictures, such as lamb/pig/lamb, and ask you to tap the odd one out. Once you have completed several challenges, the game increases the difficulty by adding more animals until you have five pictures at a time.
As I played this game with Noah, I realized that it’s not easy for him to grasp the concept of the “odd one out”. After trying out all kinds of explanation I finally settled on dividing the pictures into two groups: one with N-1 objects and another with a single object. Only then would he accept the notion that “all but one have something in common”.
Getting to that level of understanding is crucial as the challenges become increasingly diificult. As I watched Noah learn to see patterns and spot the differences on his own I also learned about how a young mind works. I essentially just let him explain his reasoning before he makes his decision.
Train Your Concentration and Logical Thinking
From his previous apps, we know Fiete as a sailor who lives with a bunch of his friends on a lovely farm. In this game, we get to see more of Fiete’s world depicted in beautiful hand-drawn illustrations. The sound effects also add to a great playing experience.
As the game progresses, the challenges become increasingly difficult. Patterns become less obvious and more abstract, requiring you to think logically. Sometimes you need to compare colors, other times you need to compare shapes. Sometimes you need to concentrate and spot the little details, other times you need to think in a bigger context as all the pictures already differ in one way, yet one of them uniquely differs in another way.
For example, in Level 9, you will find a set of four or more 2D shapes that are all different. One is a triangle, and the others can be a square, a diamond, or a hexagon. Turns out, you need to find the odd one by comparing their colors. Later, in Level 19-21, you may face a similar challenge but taken in a different approach: what matters here is the shape, not the color.
Parents Need to Know
Fiete - Spot the Difference is suitable for kids ages four and up. After trying thousands of apps, this is the first time I have encountered an app that focuses on finding the odd one out of a set of pictures. It’s a game mechanic commonly used to teach English vocabularies, yet it works great with pictures and logical thinking too.
The game also supports a time trial play mode where you try to complete as many challenges as possible. Each time you complete one, a small amount of time will be added to your timer. The game stops when you run out of time. Your goal is to reach as far as you can — in terms of levels — before the time runs out. To access this play mode, simply tap on the timer icon on the top of the screen.
Fiete - Spot the Difference works great without Internet connection. It doesn’t have any ads, in-app purchases, nor links to social media.
Things I Like
With 99 diverse levels, the game is a great tool for teaching kids the concept of patterns and the odd-one-out. My son Noah went through many levels before he could understand the concept. Then, he needed to play more levels to practice explaining his reasonings to me. Afterwards he went to practice on his own. While 99 levels are too much for a single seating, the game offers enough diversity to help Noah learn the concept.
The game is all about visual perception. I’ve never realized that a game can be this complex and tricky until I played with Fiete - Spot the Difference. The theme varies widely from farms to cars. There are many kinds of details that you need to pay attention, such as the apparels worn by a group of animals and the poses performed by a group of hens. But, the gameplay has a clear and direct feedback mechanism where you’ll see a falling star if you choose incorrectly.
Fiete - Spot the Difference is a one of a kind game for kids ages four and up. It explores the concept of finding the odd one out of a series of pictures. With a great sense of humor and 99 diverse levels, the app offers a thorough playing and learning experience. Personally, I’m grateful that it helped me teach the odd-one-out concept to my three-year-old.
App was provided for our honest review.