Hideout: Early Reading 4+

Silly, engaging reading games

Third Rail Games LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.4 • 33 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Hideout teaches early reading skills using research-based principles and applications, presenting phonic patterns used in context within an expansive set of captivating (and a little silly) mini-games:

-AP (It's stormy and windy outside. Tap the cap and map to zap them away!)
-OP (Visit the pop shop to pop the popcorn til it reaches the top of the bucket!)
-IT (Hit the rocks to split them into bits so they fit into the pit!)
-ET (Catch the pets in the net so they don't get wet; then load them onto a jet!)
-EN (Move the ten hens into the pen where ten men can feed them!)
-AG (Drage the rags into the bags, and then tag each bag!)
-UB (Scrub and rub each cub in the tub until it's clean!)
-IP (Dip the chips and watch the dip drip as you feed the little guys.)
-OCK (Visit the dock to knock over the towers of blocks and rocks, and then put them into the socks!)
-ACK (The snacks are arriving on a track. Stack them on a rack!)
-IN (The pictures arrive in a bin. Pin them each to the wall, and then spin them away!)
-UG (Tug the plug from each jug so the bug can crawl free!)

Letters, sounds, and phonic patterns are introduced and practiced in contexts that are playful and appealing to children, yet give meaning and purpose to the skills they learn. Children practice purposefully sequenced skills and identify word patterns, learning to recognize the words so they can read about what they do and observe. The contexts and activities keep children engaged with constant variety in the way they present and illustrate word meanings. Each captures children’s interest and invites them to read and create words that describe or explain it. Developed at Brigham Young University by those who created and administer the Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy (SEEL) classroom program, Hideout replicates the kind of interactive face-to-face lessons that are taught by SEEL teachers and available on the SEEL website (education.byu.edu/seel).

What’s New

Version 2.2.2

Fixed audio bug
Home screen: Fixed interface bug
Home screen: Adjusted some colors for usability
Home screen: Adjusted some sign positioning for narrower screens

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

GAHoosier ,

Speech language pathologist recommends

As a speech-language pathologist working with young children, Hideout is one of the main apps I recommend to parents to help their children learn the basics to reading. The app is great for typically developing children or developmentally delayed children. Hideout can help boost phonological awareness through its repetition, rhythm, word families, blending, and sentence awareness.

Bikeallovertown ,

Kids' favorite game

I can't believe I've never left a review for this game. My 6 year old loved this game when he was younger, and it's now his little brother's favorite game! I love the pop up words and engaging games. The levels are well balanced with straight reading instruction and game play, perfect for a kid's attention span. Thank you for making an amazing game!


Low sound love app

I love this app as an SLP! The only issue is that I cannot increase the sound on my iPad and there doesn’t seem to be a way to do it in settings of the app. I can barely hear it. Not sure if others have this issue.

Developer Response ,

Hi there!
Thanks for the helpful tip. I fixed the sound bug in Version 2.2.2.

App Privacy

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Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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