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What are hidden object games?

One of the more niche sub-genres in puzzle games is the hidden object game. As you might expect, these games involve searching for objects hidden in one or more onscreen images.Among the first games of this sort was Alice: An Interactive Museum, developed by Toshiba for Windows and Macintosh and released in 1991. Based around Lewis Carroll’s books, the game had the player scrolling through various scenes in search of clue-bearing playing cards. Nowadays, there are hundreds of hidden object games available, with many of the more successful being released by Eipix Entertainment, a Serbian company responsible for the Mystery Case Files (MCF) series and the Hidden Expedition series.The appeal of these games goes way beyond the traditional core of hardened gamers; just about anyone can pick up and play, and there are no complex control systems to master or skills to learn. All you need to do is keep your eyes open – but depending on the game, this can be trickier than it sounds!Games of this kind aren’t just limited to the screen – the Where’s Waldo? series of books, which have run from the late 1980s to the present day, tasks readers with tracking down the bespectacled character in a frantic, chaotic scene. Modern online hidden-object games take a similar approach – except instead of looking for Waldo and his pals, you might be looking for just about anything.Our range of HTML5-powered hidden objects games are a perfect way to kill a few moments. They’ll tax your powers of observation to the limit – and a few of them even come with built-in timers to crank the pressure right up! You won’t need to download or install anything, and every game is free to play and completely unblocked. All you need to do to start playing is load up a game and start searching!

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