Hidden object games for literacy?

When I think about how to incorporate hidden object games to support literacy, I’m mainly thinking about the ELL/ESL population, and a comment made by one of the teachers we work with, that the commercially available hidden object games would be great to give some of the older students in her ELL population because they support boosting reading skills without loss of face.

But what specifically about hidden object games might make them useful in this way?

I have yet to find a review site that looks at hidden object games in this manner, but when I’m looking at them through this lens I’m looking at:

–absence of semantic ambiguity
–amount of reading necessary to solve mystery
–appropriateness of content
–reading level of
–reading level of vocabulary words

Can any reading specialists weigh in with whether they’d be interested in using games this way in their classroom?

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