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Hide and Seek Games for 3 to 5 Year-Olds

Some forms of play are timeless. Running around with a stick pretending to be in the army. Chasing each other in games of tag. And, of course, hide and seek. The games in this list offer digital ways to play hide and seek with a variety of different twists.

Hide In A Crowd: There are games like Spy Party, Thief Town, Hidden in Plain Sight and Buissons, that let you play as a range of characters and then challenge another player to find you amongst a computer-controlled crowd, from what way you move and interact. The Fruit game in Game & Wario on Wii U has the same mechanics, with one person trying to steal fruit without the other players working out who they are. Wii Party offers hiding in its Spot the Sneak mode where one player has a secret advantage in the mini-games that the other players have to spot. Another great example is Wii U Party, Lost and Found Square mode. One player stands in a crowd of identical people and uses the Wii U gamepad to look around and describe their location to other players, who use the TV to explore and find them. At the end, you see a map of where the players had run.

Prop Hunt: There are games with "Prop Hunt" modes where you can change into the items in the world to hide. Fortnite has a great Prop Hunt mode, as does Minecraft. Then there are games like Witch It designed around this idea of transforming into normal items and hiding in a game world.

Separate Screens: There games like Mario Chase and Luigi's Ghosthouse in Nintendoland, or Pac-Man Vs where one person has their own screen while the others team up to hunt for them use the main TV screen. Or games you play online where everyone has their own screen and try to hide from a particular character like in Secret Neighbor. Screencheat is a twist on this, where you share the same screen and try to shoot each other, but your characters are invisible.

Hidden Objects: Or there are hidden object games where the computer hides things that you have to find, like Hidden Folks and Hidden Through Time. There's a hidden object mode in Super Mario Odyssey where you hunt online player's hidden balloons. A twist on this is Here Kitty where one person hides a phone that then makes cat noises until the seeker has found it.

Open World Hiding: You can use pretty much any open-world game to make your own hiding fun. You can hide in Minecraft (having turned nameplates off), sneak around on public transport in or simply count to 10 while visitors hide in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

This list includes 14 games from the last 19 years, with 372 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to hide and seek.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 7
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Australian Ratings: G
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Race, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth and Traversal
Total Likes: 372
 

 

Sneaky Sasquatch

Release Date: 30/07/2019, updated in 2022

Platforms: Apple TV, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Sneaky Sasquatch is an adventure game where you sneak around in campsites and try to find food from coolers and picnic baskets without getting caught. From this simple premise grows an game with endless ways to play and explore its open world: race,...

Mario Party (Series)

Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013

Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Pieces: Dice

Mario Party is an interactive board game. Players roll a dice to move around a board and then compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw again or earn points. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...

New Pokemon Snap

Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

New Pokemon Snap is the latest in the series of Pokemon Snap games. It's a puzzle safari where you are guided through the natural world of Pokemon creatures to take pictures of them in the wild. The aim is to time your photos to capture them in specific...

Wind Peaks

Release Date: 29/07/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Wind Peaks is a puzzle game where you find hidden objects by clicking on objects. It's similar to the Where’s Wally books, but offers an ongoing narrative about children searching for treasure in a forest and campsite.

Pac-Man Vs.

Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...

Under Leaves

Release Date: 27/04/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Under Leaves is a puzzle game where you search for colour-filled hidden objects in scenes made of flora and fauna. Each one is a hand-drawn watercolour illustrations and accompanied with a soothing soundscape. It's a game about observation and attention...

Ever Seen A Cat?

Release Date: 18/01/2022

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Ever Seen a Cat is a hidden object puzzle game where you are trying to spot monochrome cats in different scenes. It's simple enough for players of any age to enjoy it, but has some randomisation of the levels so you need to play multiple times to get...

Am I The Baddie?

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Am I The Baddie? is a running and collecting game of hide and seek where you control a character on a simple maze of streets. Up to five people compete on separate devices or computers. One person is the baddie who tries to collect the clues without...

Here Kitty!

Release Date: 04/05/2020

Platforms: iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Here Kitty! is a real-world hide and seek game you play by hiding your phone. It's from the same team behind Heads Up. When the child calls out or gets near the phone makes cat noises to give them clues to find it. When it's...

City Guesser

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Platforms: Web

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

City Guesser (and similar web game, Geo Guesser) is a puzzle game where you watch a short film looking for clues to discover your location. You need to pay close attention to the sights and sounds to accurately pinpoint yourself on a world map. It's a...

A Building Full of Cats

Release Date: 07/07/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

A Building Full of Cats is a hidden object brain game where you search to find and pet all the cats in pictures of each room. You play by tapping on the hidden felines in monochrome illustrations of different domestic scenes. If you find all the cats in...

Singled Out

Release Date: 03/07/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Singled Out is a spot the difference shooting game. Like the classic Guess Who game you have seconds to identify your target in a crowd. Make sure you only shoot the character matching the eyes, nose and mouth clues and you score points. The quicker you...

Where is Cat?

Release Date: 15/09/2015, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Where is Cat? is a collection of three hide-and-seek style puzzle games where you find various items scattered throughout the pictures. Each place you look for items in is hand-drawn by children, and the items are often difficult to find without a close...

Windosill

Release Date: 15/12/2011, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Windosill is a collection of toy-like puzzles through ten mysterious rooms. You follow a small, toy truck navigating a mysterious world. It stands out not only for the unusual interactions but how exploring each scene is like playing with a new toy.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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