Hidden object games are often not taken seriously and in vain. Here are the best representatives of the genre available on PC.
Many grew up on books with collections of puzzles, including the search for objects in the picture – it is enough to remember only the series “Where is Wally?” Such exercises perfectly develop visual memory and attentiveness, because finding the desired object in a picture rich in detail is still a task. However, nothing beats the feeling of joy when an object carefully hidden in a drawing is still found.
If you have missed such entertainment and want to look at their digital versions, then you will have a wide choice. Here are the best hidden object games PC games.
Wind Peaks, made in the style of puzzle books, is dedicated to the history of a group of scouts who went on vacation to the mountains. At each level, you need to find several items to unlock the next cutscene; and in these cutscenes, the heroes try to find solutions to riddles using the things you have found.
The locations and environments in the game are hand-drawn to create a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. Another plus of Wind Peaks is its short duration, so you can spend a couple of quiet evenings in it, and then switch to another game in the same genre.
Lost Lands: A Hidden Object Adventure
After the previous game, you can switch to the much longer Lost Lands: A Hidden Object Adventure. Split into 200 quests, the adventure tells the story of an ancient people of elves forced to live on an abandoned island.
In most quests, you will have to look for items from pre-compiled lists in locations, but there are also levels with other puzzles and mini-games. The PC version of Lost Lands can be downloaded for free, so anyone can get acquainted with the project.
9 Clues: The Secret Of Serpent Creek
The genre of hidden object games itself begs for comparison with detective simulators. Of course, the authors of 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek were not the first to combine the two genres, but they managed to retain the special charm of classic point-and-click adventures.
According to the plot, a girl detective specializing in investigating paranormal affairs is sent to the town of Serpent Creek in search of her friend, reporter Helen Hunter, after she sent her an alarming voice message. A crowd of lunatics and hostile snakes are waiting for her in the city, and now she has to figure out the devilry that is happening.
When The Past Was Around
Point-and-click adventures and hidden object games rarely go mainstream, and this is a rather unfortunate trend, since the stories in such games tend to be in no way inferior to high-budget projects. This also applies to When The Past Was Around, whose story revolves around a girl trying to reveal the secrets of her other half in an unusual setting.
At each level you will find a search for clues and solving various puzzles, which is accompanied by measured violin playing. There is no dialogue here at all, but this makes watching the story even more interesting.
Enigmatis 2: The Mists Of Ravenwood
Point-and-click hidden object games fit perfectly into the horror genre, as the creators of 9 Clues have proven with the release of Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood. In this game we have to track down a Satanic preacher in the town of Ravenwood Park.
In addition to the typical genre walks in different locations in search of clues, you can also visit your office here in order to collect all the evidence on a convenient board and get closer and closer to solving the mystery of the town.
This is a relatively new life simulator in which the gameplay consists of searching for hidden objects and daily care of the island where the main character lives. We manage a spirit guide who watches over the comfort of friendly ghosts and collects useful items in the process.
In the game, you can go fishing, craft various decorations for the island, and also tame totem animals. Walking through Cozy Grove is recommended at a slow pace in order to extend the pleasure for several weeks and enjoy all the pleasant details.
Another recent addition to the genre is the PC game Sizeable, a cozy puzzle game with dioramas. Each diorama can be viewed from all angles, as well as zoom in and out on various objects to find hidden objects.
All miniature locations are made in a unique style, so you will definitely not get bored when changing levels. The developers have already planned a series of free updates, so players will always have a reason to return to Sizeable for new content.
Hidden Through Time
Hidden Through Time is very similar in gameplay and art style to Wind Peaks, and it was released several months earlier than the latter. As the name implies, we will travel to different historical eras, in each of which it is necessary to look for hidden objects in picturesque locations.
The game is divided into four eras, which, in turn, are split into several stages. Here you can also create your own maps and place hidden objects on them using the built-in editor, and then share them with other players.
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride
This collection has already featured two projects from the studio Artifex Mundi, but since their hidden object games are very popular, we decided to mention the third title. The action of Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride, as in the previous works of the studio, takes place in a modern world interspersed with magic.
We have to go to the village of Ravenbrook, whose superstitious inhabitants for the time being held back the forces of evil, but turned out to be defenseless in front of a mysterious stranger who is ready to plunge the village into chaos. The adventure itself consists of 24 mini-games and 14 hidden object levels.
Hidden Folks is a hand-drawn black and white game that has received critical acclaim as one of the best projects of 2017. The gameplay in it is as simple as possible: at each of the 32 levels you need to find several hidden people (there are about 300 of them in total). Moreover, all locations are interactive, which adds a certain charm to the game. And if you’re not a fan of black and white, you can choose from three available color modes.