The Best Hidden Object Games

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The Best Hidden Object Games
You may need more than one pair of eyes to find some of the hidden objects. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Hidden object games are computer games in which the player must search a picture for objects which will help complete a set task. There are many variations in theme and storyline from game to game. The most common types of hidden object games are murder and archaeological mysteries and many of these titles are set in the past. As the majority of hidden object games don't rely on good graphics or animation and are relatively straightforward they don't tend to get glowing reviews, but they have nonetheless found their way onto a variety of gaming platforms and consoles and receive praise for certain elements of their gameplay.

Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear

"Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear" combines elements of jewel puzzle games -- in which the player must move coloured jewels around a board to link 3 or more together -- and hidden object games. The hidden object levels take the player to various famous archaeological locations, including Egypt, where the player must find clues to find the elusive Emerald Tear. "Curse of the Emerald Tear" has been called "a beautifully designed game" and the combination of hidden object and match three elements has been praised by Touch My Apps. It is available for the Nintendo DS, PC and iPhone.

Hidden Mysteries: Titanic

"Hidden Mysteries: Titanic" is set on the day of the fateful Titanic's maiden voyage and follows the story of a young woman as she solves mysteries aboard the ship. In the end she must solve clues to lead her to a lifeboat. As well as finding hidden objects, the player must also work out how to use them to solve puzzles along the way. GameZebo has praised the "nice cutscenes and voice-acting". This game is available for the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii.

Mystery Tales of Time Travel

"Mystery Tales of Time Travel" is a hidden object game for the Nintendo DS. The game follows Melanie as she discovers her late aunt's mysterious diary and travels back through time to more than 30 locations to solve riddles and find hidden objects related to uncovering the overall mystery. The impressive hand-drawn locations include Victorian Britain, baroque-era France and ancient Rome -- which contain more than 1000 objects to discover -- and make this one of the more diverse hidden object games around.

Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile

Play as one of literature's most famous detectives, Hercule Poirot, in this murder mystery game based on the novel by Agatha Christie. An idyllic cruise on the Nile is ruined when one of the passengers is murdered and it is up to you to work out which of Poirot's 14 suspects is the murderer. You must ask the suspects questions as well as look for clues in various rooms and decks of the cruise ship. GreenPixels praised the game for its murder mystery twist and because it provides "some genuine frights." "Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile" can be played online or downloaded for the PC.

Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos

In "Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos" you must track down 'evil mastermind' Dr.Chaos as he travels the world corrupting classified data. You play as a detective who must follow the doctor through locations including Hollywood, Paris, New York, London and Moscow looking for clues to the mad doctor's exploits. GameZebo praised the game for being "flush with eye-catching graphics, killer tunes and a proven gameplay formula." "The Trail of Doctor Chaos" is available for the PC and as a downloadable game on the Microsoft Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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