28 February 2014

Hidden Object Games

(Ed: It's quite possible where is a name for what I am actually into, and it's a sub-genre, HOPA: Hidden Object Puzzle Adventures)

People who know me that read that will be thinking "uh-oh... another type of game she's obsessed with?!" It's not an obsession yet. My first love is still Time Management Games (more on that here).

I stumbled on to playing hidden object games from Big Fish (where I get my other games) - I believe it was a one hour trial, or beta testing (they sometimes email members to ask us to play/test out a game. This is usually just an hour or so sample, with a small survery to fill out at the end).

I've usually avoided hidden object games as they don't seem fun at all... I guess just like any other game, it's about finding the right ones for you - and about being in the right mood to play them. And as far as these games go, it's about finding one that also includes an adventure. For me, hidden object games take a little more thinking power than time management games.

What am I talking about? Hidden Object games are a genre of puzzle video games in which the player must find items from a list that are hidden within a picture. That's usually where the genre lost me - staring at a picture and clicking on the screen (or tapping if you are using touch-screen).

It turns out many of these games have other elements too - yes, there will always be finding objects in a picture, but then there's navigating different scenes, discovering items that often need to be put together in order to complete a task (e.g. I just played one where a task involved finding a gas container, a lighter, a kettle, and snow - using them altogether, I heated the snow in the kettle on gas burner in the kitchen, then used the boiling water to melt frost off a door handle - all to open a door!).

You can use hints, or even skip tasks that are annoying you in some cases (and depending on the level of game play you have selected).

Most of the games centre around a mystery of some sort, with the player finding clues/objects. I gravitate towards the creepier mysteries (haunted houses, witches, curses, vampires, bring it on!!).

Since I've started my foray into these games, I've had one real miss - the game itself is beautiful, and the concept itself is right up my alley.... but the game was completely about finding objects in a picture (I should've tried before I bought!). FYI, the game was: Mystery Legends: Sleepy Hollow.

Games I've played/reviewed (click the link to open the review):

01. Witches Legacy: The Charleston Curse
02. True Fear: Forsaken Souls Collector's Edition
03. Shadow Wolf Mystery Games (Curse of the Full Moon, Bane of the Family, and Cursed Wedding)
04. Mystery of the Ancients: Three Guardians
05. Dark Parables: Jack and the Sky Kingdom
06. Dark Dimensions: City of Fog
07. Dark Dimensions: City of Ash
08. Dark Dimensions: Wax Beauty
09. Dark Dimensions: Somber Song 
10. Sable Maze Games (Norwich Cave and Sullivan River)
11. Grim Tales: Bloody Mary
12. Dark Parables: The Rise of the Snow Queen
13. House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets
14. House of 1000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster Collector's Edition
15. Fright Collector's Edition
16. Coming Soon!

My Wish-List, updated April 2015: Taken Souls - Blood Ritual Platinum EditionFrankenstein - Master of DeathRedemption Cemetery - Curse of the RavenBeyond the Invisible - EveningThe Emptiness,

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