Logical thinking and keen observation are two important skill that kids must develop from early age. There are many ways to help them get started, one of which is through well-designed games and puzzles. Today, I want to show you Emil & Pauline in the Country, a hidden objects game for kindergarten age and older to test their concentration and logic.
Solve the Puzzles and Find the Hidden Object
Unlike most hidden object games where you dive straight into the game, in Emil & Pauline in the Country you first solve a puzzle then look for the answer within the scene. The puzzles vary in format and difficulty, but all require you to concentrate and exercise your logic and fine motor skills. Some puzzles are also designed to test your optical and acoustical perception.
The app has three scenes: the farm, the barn, and the farmer’s dining room. You start with the farm, and once you have completed the puzzle set there you can move on to the other scenes. In my experience the farm puzzles are the easiest, whereas the dining room puzzles are the most challenging.
One puzzle in the farm scene is identifying sounds. Pauline the penguin will play a recording, and your task is to select the object that made the sound. For example, a wailing siren is produced by a police car. You then try to find the object in the scene. When you have found it, you will be rewarded with an animation.
Other puzzles that you will find include matching objects based on partial photos, figuring out which object doesn’t belong in a group, hide-and-seek, and jigsaw puzzles.
Parents Need to Know
If you find yourself stuck in the hide and seek portion of the app, you may request for hints by tapping on the first-aid kit on the top right. Emil and Pauline will tell you that you are getting “colder” if your guess is far from the mark and “hotter” if you are close. The puzzle section has no hints, but the correct answer will be shown if you guessed incorrectly too many times.
Emil & Pauline in the Country is designed for kids ages four and up. The app has no timer and no high scores, so you may take as long as you need to solve a puzzle or to find a hidden object. No reading skills are necessary to use the game as all instructions are given in audio format. That said, I would suggest accompanying your child as some of the puzzles can be quite tricky for younger players. If you have several kids in the household, you can create multiple user profiles on the same device.
The app has no ads, no in-app purchases, and no social media links. It doesn’t require an Internet connection and works fine in Airplane mode. It is available in English and German.
Things I Like
Emil & Pauline in the Country offers puzzles that range from easy to tricky. The easy puzzles, like finding an object associated with a sound, are easy enough for preschoolers to play on their own, while the challenging puzzles may require them to seek guidance from adults. The most challenging puzzle for me is where you must find an object that doesn’t contain a specific sound in its name.
The app has great replay value because you get different objects to look for each time. The artwork is detailed and enhanced with fun little animations. The audio guides are friendly and helpful.
One minor annoyance is the lack of an exit button in the puzzles, which means you can’t go back and choose another scene once a puzzle is in progress. I would love to see more scenes, and perhaps a special dashboard to help parents monitor their child’s progress in the app.
One-of-a-kind hidden objects game has kids solving tricky puzzles to know which object they must seek. This fully narrated app promotes concentration, logical thinking, and fine motor skills, among others. It has great replay value as you get a random set of objects to look for each time. Great for ages four and up.
Emil & Pauline in the Country is available for iPad
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.