Posted Wed, 06/24/09
A longtime solitaire buff, I was surprised by how quickly I took to the hidden object genre. As developers keep generating new games, the more I like them. I especially enjoy the games that incorporate a storyline or take place in a spooky setting.
Although not considered "hidden object" but rather time management, I also like the "foody" games such as Cooking Quest, Go-Go Gourmet, Go-Go Gourmet: Chef of the Year, Gourmania and Mystery Cookbook.
The first think I look for in a new game is the graphics. Some of them are obviously amateurish, so I tend not to bother with them. One example is the beautiful imagery to be found in Return to Ravenhearst (my favorite) as compared to the meager content in Diner Town Tycoon (which I have never played). The image quality in both is glaringly obvious. I suppose it depends on the individual developer and their skill in creating realistic and lush graphics.
The new games I am currently playing:
I'm a member of Big Fish Games so I get the games at a very reasonable price. Anyone can download a game and try it free for one hour with no restrictions, which gives one time to decide if they like a particular game or not. If not, simply uninstall the game. There is never any pressure or high-handed sales tactics.
Last week I strayed from Big Fish and tried Sunset Studio: Love on the High Seas from Game House. I really liked the hidden object game but I'm not willing to pay $19.99 for it. Nor am I interested in becoming a member of Game House where the cost is only $5.99, but with a commitment of purchasing twelve more games in twelve months from them. Hopefully Sunset Studio will be available on Big Fish someday.
Click here for lists of the best and the worst "hidden object" games.