A hidden object game (sometimes called hidden picture) is a genre of puzzle video game in which the player must find items from a list that are hidden within a picture. Hidden object games are a popular trend in casual gaming, and are comparatively inexpensive to buy. Time-limited trial versions of these games are usually available for download.

Very often you will find games published in a standard edition (SE) and/or a Collector's Edition (CE)


Sub-categories

There are different types of hidden object games that can usually be grouped in the following subcategories:

  • HO/HOG - Hidden Object Game (the classic HO with word lists)
  • AHOG - Adventure-Hidden Object Game
  • iHOG - Interactive HOG (HOs that you can interact with, has more adventure aspects)
  • FrOG - FRagmented Object Game (find item pieces instead of words on lists and/or Find pieces of items to make a whole object, which you will then use in the game)
  • HOPA - Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure (heavier on puzzles and adventure elements mostly point-and-click adventures)


Some other Abbreviations you might stumble upon:

  • LFA - Large File Adventure game (true or pure point and click adventure - no H0 scenes)
  • LF/LFG - Large File Game (usually without an online demo)
  • STD or FTD - Spot The Differences / Find the Differences
  • Pop-up Game aka Bubble (you interact with objects via "pop-ups" e.g. Treasure Seekers series)
  • TM - Time Management Game

Famous Series

Some of the most famous series of Hidden Object Games are:

Developers

Developers of hidden object games include Artifex Mundi, Awem Studio, Big Fish Studios, Blue Tea Games, Boomzap Entertainment, Codeminion, Daily Magic Productions, Eipix Entertainment, Elephant Games, ERS Games, Mad Head Games, PlayFirst, Sandlot Games, SpinTop Games, Tap It Games, Top Evidence Studio, GameTop

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