Sometimes in and among all of the games that are filled with violence, complicated puzzles, or a rich story, there’s a game so simple and pleasant that you can’t help but be sucked in.
For me – and my mom, as it turns out – Under Leaves is one such game.
From developer Circus Atos, Under Leaves is a wonderful hidden object game that allows players to look for object in and among beautiful landscapes including forests, snow-covered land, and under the ocean. Each landscape is simply beautiful, looking as though it was hand-painted. It sometimes take a bit of concentration to find each of the objects, but with environments so pretty, it’s hard to ever feel the frustration that comes with a lot of hidden object titles.
Each level of Under Leaves starts with an animal who will request that you find a certain amount of one object. If you can’t find any on your screen, you can move onto another area to search there as well. If you’re still unable to find the object, you can double click the screen to zoom in and look a little more carefully.
For the times you’re really struggling to find what you need, Under Leaves has a handy hint system. The hints are puzzles in themselves, which is a nice touch – to get an object highlighted to you back in the main game, you’ll have to solve a sliding grid puzzle, moving around eight tiles to create an image.
Under Leaves is the perfect game to unwind with, whoever you are. Even my mom enjoys it; after I told her about it, she went and purchased it on iOS for $1.99 and hasn’t been able to put it down since. It’s simple and relaxing, and it’s rare a hidden object game is able to something so unique. Even if you don’t fancy it for yourself, maybe buy it for your mom. If she’s anything like mine, she’s sure to love it.