Henry’s Spooky Headlamp is a nice universal interactive game for toddlers where players drag their finger around a darkened screen, as this movement will move a spotlight around the page as if coming from main character Henry’s flashlight. Use this light to search the page for the items seen at the top right of the screen.
Suspenseful music also included, effective in creating a mood appropriate for Halloween, but it is nice that the items one is looking for, such as a candle, scarecrow or jack-o-lantern are not scary, keeping this app appropriate for the toddlers and early preschoolers who will enjoy this app.
I also appreciate the muscle control this app strengthens, as I can remember my son having a difficult time with apps such as this until coming into his own in terms of fine motor skills.
Henry’s Spooky Headlamp can be used to test memory skills as players may have remembered seeing a hidden object they are not looking for, allowing parents to encourage children to remember where instead of blindly searching the page.
Nine player icons are available to choose from, as working as the same icon will bring users to the same page to choose jack-o-lantern details they as they can use to decorate a pumpkin, one element each time the game is successfully complete. Children can also save their jack-o-lantern to their camera roll.
I do like the chance to separate players’ work, but I would prefer to see this page hidden for parents to choose the levels and defaulting on to a single player, as children may have a hard time remembering their icon and because of this, the decorative pieces they have earned will not be waiting for them on the Jack-o-lantern page. I also think that these icons, such as “carrot,” “fish,” or “spaceship” can lead players to believe that these are different themes instead of icons to label a player’s section.
Having said this, Henry’s Spooky Headlamp is a cute app for toddlers or older children still learning this skill in terms of the dexterity needed to drag their finger around the screen, especially as they need to keep their finger on an object for a long pause for the items to register.
Henry’s Spooky Headlamp is part of a series of Henry Headlamp apps. If interested, please look for them in iTunes.
Henry's Spooky Headlamp
Developer: Campfire Apps, LLC.
Released: 2011-10-07 00:00:00
Description from the DeveloperEnjoy Halloween fun with Henry as you discover all of the spooky objects & surprises!
Henry’s Spooky Headlamp is a highly interactive hidden objects game designed for early learners, but fun for all ages!
The game has been designed specifically with preschoolers and early learners in mind - it is easy to learn and simple to play, buttons and objects are large enough for developing fine motor skills, and it features lovable characters.
The goal is to find all of the hidden objects on a scene by lighting up the night with Henry’s headlamp. Once the objects have been found players can choose a jack-o-lantern prize piece to add to their collection. The more you play, the more pieces you earn toward creating your own jack-o-lantern masterpiece! When you have completed your prize artwork, you have the option to save it as a photo on your Camera Roll. This can then be sent via text or email, just like any photo, as a way to share in the holiday season with friends and family!
Henry’s Spooky Headlamp is the perfect way to help your little ones get excited about the autumn season and Halloween!
NOTE: Henry’s Spooky Headlamp can store game progress for up to nine different players, each with their own prize collection. Please have your child choose the same user icon at the beginning of each game in order to track their prizes at the end of the game.
Kid-friendly, easily recognizable graphics
A fun Halloween theme
Simple game play for children
Spoken word story introduction
Large buttons for tiny hands
Entertaining soundtrack and sound effects
Surprising visual effects
Exciting and interactive prize scene
Ability to save prize creations to Camera Roll
Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
Optimized for retina display
Optimized for iPhone 5’s new screen size!
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