Sneak up on monsters hiding in your iPhone or iPad

As inventive children’s app ideas go, Sneak is a beauty. It gets your children physically sneaking up on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Why? Monsters. Five of them, supposedly living inside your device. “First you must select the bait, then run off and hide. If you’re quiet a little beastie will appear, at which point you have to sneak up on it,” explains the App Store listing.

“If you make the slightest sound the beastie will bolt. But if you can get close enough to tap the screen you’ll successfully take a photograph of it.”

Amazing. There are three difficulty settings too, making it suitable for a wider age-range of children. And, indeed, the odd grown-up.

It’s a really fun example of how a children’s app can be part of real-world play too, getting kids sneaking around ninja-style rather than just sitting down gazing at a screen.

Even better, Sneak works with the Apple TV set-top box. If you own one, you can have the monsters appearing on your TV screen, using Apple’s AirPlay technology.

Sneak is the work of British developer Made In Me, which is better known for its excellent Me Books apps. We think Sneak has the makings of a children’s craze though: give it a try and see what you think.

Sneak for iPhone costs £0.69 on the App Store, while the separate Sneak HD for iPad also costs £0.69. Here’s a video showing how it works:

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