Hidden Object Games – A Great Choice for Casual Gamers
Hidden object games, also known as HOGs, are a kind of computer game that are very popular among casual gamers. Like other casual games, they are much cheaper than other kinds of computer games and they can be played in short bursts, for example during a work break or on the train. You can usually stop playing at any time and later continue where you left off without having to replay anything. Thanks to the simple point-and-click gameplay, they can be played even by people who don't usually play video games.
In these games the objective is to find a list of objects in a very detailed picture scene, often with a lot of items strewn about. The objects are usually very well hidden; for example, an object could be partially hidden behind something else, or blended in with the items around it.
The best hidden object games in my opinion are the ones where the scenes look more natural, and where there is a valid reason in the storyline to find the objects you're looking for. In Fishdom H2O for example, the hidden object scenes are underwater shipwrecks where you are searching for treasure to sell so you can get money to finance the aquarium you are building.
In the games with adventure elements the objects you find help you move forward. For example a scissors you find could be used to cut open a painting. Inside the painting you find a key that will unlock a desk drawer, and inside you find another hidden object scene that contains another item that will help you progress in the game. HOGs also usually contain lots of puzzles and brainteasers, which the items and clues you find will sometimes help you to solve.