Posts Tagged ‘hidden object’

Wot I Think: Dark Strokes – Sins Of The Father

By John Walker on February 27th, 2012.

Oh, sorry, come on in.

I feel a weight of the pointlessness of trying to convince a hardcore gaming audience to give their money and time to a casual game. Clearly there’s a lot of prejudice, a lot of it earned by the crappy nature of so much of the casual market, the rest I’d argue pure snobbishness on the part of gamers. Obvious breakthrough exceptions, invariably published by PopCap, can crossover, but otherwise words like “hidden object” tend to have people click straight past. I think it’s a shame, because I just had a lot of fun playing Dark Strokes: Sins of the Fathers.

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Majesty: HHiiddeenn OObbjjeecctt IInn 33DD

By John Walker on November 30th, 2011.

They're hiding the reason I want to play.

The other day I was arguing that all new game trends trend toward adventure. What I’m saying is, adventure gaming is the natural form of game, to which all games aspire. And so it is that the infinitude of the casual gaming market is all gradually forming itself from a void into a desire to be adventures. They’ve just got to take that one leap of realising that adventures are really hard work. Another step closer for the hidden object genre is Elementary My Dear Majesty!, for which a demo is now available.

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Demo: Letters From Nowhere

By John Walker on October 15th, 2010.

Can you find the lobster at home, children?

If we posted every time there was a new hidden object demo, we’d become Rock, Paper, Hidden Object Demo. Although by that logic we’re a website exclusively about shotguns, which probably isn’t the case. However, I really liked the name of this one, so it gets a link, despite being identical to all the others. It’s called Letters From Nowhere. Which makes me want to start an organisation which arranges for people to write letters to complete strangers. That would be amazing. This game – it’s ordinary. It’s a mix of objects hidden where they should be, and those disguised against the background. And of course there’s all the torn up pieces of paper and barmy attempts at a narrative as you’d expect. My husband’s gone missing! I’d best search the street outside for a dragonfly, baseball bat and lobster.

(Alternative joke for this post: “Dear Mrs Trellis, I’m writing to you to ask you to stop parking on my lawn. Yours sincerely, Mr Simon Nowhere.”)

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Find The Love: Mystery P.I. San Fran Demo

By John Walker on August 31st, 2010.

Play along at home!

You know what – you’re wrong about hidden object games. Sure, there’s an awful lot of crappy ones, and sure, people who don’t like hardcore turn-based strategy are happy to play them, but stop judging. They’re calming fun, and the best of the bunch are the Mystery P.I. series, made by SpinTop Games. There’s a new one out (which is a bit like saying, “There’s a Tuesday this week”) called Stolen In San Francisco, and you can download a demo from here. And then you’ll want to play it for more than the allowed hour, and then you’ll realise I was right. So there. I recommend putting on a favourite podcast in the background as you play, and then just relaxing – no one’s looking, no one is right to judge.

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Micro WIT: Snark Busters

By John Walker on July 30th, 2010.

First person to try hidden object in 3D wins a nothing.

Look, I don’t much care if you disapprove of Hidden Object games. There’s kerbillions of us who think they’re great, and if we all formed together into one giant robot we’d be able to crush your puny army with our mighty object-finding fists. And we will. Snark Busters: Welcome To The Club is a rare example of an attempt to deviate from the core concept (search locations for a list of objects under the auspices of a plot so tenuous that Dan Brown would find it shameful), that succeeds in proving rather a lot of extremely silly fun.

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Thrillsturbing! Mind’s Eye Demo

By John Walker on February 22nd, 2010.

Play along at home!

You may be wondering why someone as handsome and clever as me is playing yet another demo of yet another hidden object game. I’ll tell you why. It’s because it’s described like this on GamersHell:

“Nothing can prepare you for the experience of playing Mind’s Eye: Secrets of the Forgotten, a hidden object adventure that will challenge, thrill and disturb you.”

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Oh, There You Are: Escape Rosecliff Island

By John Walker on April 2nd, 2009.

Don't try and find them all on this pic.

I love hidden object gaming. And I don’t feel like I should have to justify that to you. Why do you get like this? It’s not like it’s some big deal for someone to enjoy a jigsaw puzzle, so why must you always look down on me for enjoying myself? Look, just leave me alone.

During yesterday’s happy-go-smiles over the Plants Vs Zombies video, I spied a recently released HO PopCap/SpinTop game, Escape Rosecliff Island.

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