Hidden City®: Hidden Objects & Pictures
Sherlock・Hidden Object・Match 3
The Secret Society® - Seek & Find Hidden Objects
Crime Mysteries® Hidden Murder
Homicide Squad®: Hidden Objects
The Hidden Treasures: Find journey notes & objects
Hidden Epee — Mystery Game
The Paranormal Society®: Hidden Object Adventure
Unexposed: Hidden Object Mystery Game
Letters From Nowhere®: A Hidden Object Mystery
Twin Moons®: Object Finding Game
Mystery of the Opera®: The Phantom's Secret
What is a Hidden Object Game?
Have you ever been in a situation when you're about to leave the house but can't find the keys: You're sure they're on the table next to the entrance, but it's so cluttered that the keys seem to be hidden in plain sight, and it takes you a while to find them among other items. If so, you're very much familiar with the main concept of Hidden Object games: Trying to spot certain items in a picture as fast as possible and preferably without making any mistakes.
Applying this mechanic to the world of computer video games, developers crafted a unique casual subgenre called Hidden Object games. In them, players usually explore different beautiful (sometimes not too beautiful) locations in search of clues, evidence, puzzle pieces, or whatever fits the storyline to better understand the world around them and reach certain objectives. As you can imagine, a character who's always snooping around is a good fit for a detective trying to crack a case or an inquiring explorer traveling the world in search of ancient relics. That's why Hidden Object games usually have a gripping story, an enticing narrative that leads players from one location to another and gives them purpose.
In short, Hidden Object Games (or HOGs) are a subgenre of casual video games that focus on a mechanic of spotting items in pictures of cluttered locations. Most are story-driven and offer an interesting plot that leaves players hungry for more after each completed level. Titles in this genre are widely available on several platforms, and Windows is one of them. The first HOGs for desktop PCs were released when the Windows Store was still nonexistent, and the latest ones are coming out every day and are available on the most modern OS and popular previous versions like Windows 10 or Windows 7. Basically, if you're a diehard PC player, you have a really wide variety of games to choose from, regardless of the Windows version you're running or the general specs of your computer.
Why are Hidden Object Games so popular on Windows?
Windows has been the most popular operating system for desktop PCs in the world for a long time now, and it's no wonder that most game industry developers aim to have Windows support for their products. G5, for instance, has all of its Hidden Object games available in the Windows Store for players who prefer to have a game installed on their PC available to launch anytime.
Of course, only the players decide who makes the best Hidden Object games. However, certain award ceremonies in the gaming industry highlight the most prominent and interesting projects for different platforms like consoles, mobile platforms, or desktops. It's no surprise that some of G5's titles make it to these ceremonies. For instance, one of G5's hit games, Sherlock, which is available for Windows PC, is currently nominated for Best Mobile App Awards in the Best Mobile Game of 2023 category. The reason for this lies in hard work, diligence, and working closely with our players to develop a game that everyone loves to play. G5 devs do their best to diversify gameplay with various mini-games and alternative game modes while keeping intact the simple base mechanics of Hidden Object games, which made the genre popular in the first place.
Mechanics of the Games
Games produced and published by G5 are packed with lean and simple puzzle mechanics that players from around the world truly enjoy. Let's take a closer look at what they are.
First, the scenes. Intricately detailed rooms, halls, streets, gardens, and all sorts of locations showcase a wide array of items and objects. Your goal, as a player, is to find specific items hidden within these scenes. But wait, there's more! The way these required items are presented and concealed among other objects adds an extra layer of intrigue and excitement.
Simply put, the needed items are shown to the player as words on the computer screen. Basically, you receive a list of nouns like "Broom, Peach, Sword, Tea Cup, Bowler Hat", and your mission is to find each one in the picture. Sounds easy, but it really isn't. As you progress, the text might become upside-down, mirrored, or scrambled, with shuffled or missing letters. For example, "Peach" could appear as "Hcaep", "Chepa", or "P__ch." Another popular twist you'll see is depicting the items through silhouettes, adding an element of mystery to your search.
Finding these items involves a fun two-step process. First, you'll identify what you're seeking and then scan the scene to find them. But hold on, that's not all! Brace yourself for even more excitement on our challenging levels. Picture yourself searching a dark room with only a flashlight or burning match to guide you. Or imagine collecting items in an icy room where each object must be thawed before you can retrieve it. These thrilling search modes bring undeniable difficulty and variation to Hidden Object gameplay in G5 titles.
You can check out all these fun mechanics on your Windows PC for free: Just head over to Microsoft Store or G5 Store, download the installation file, install the selected game, and dive in!
Main Rules of the Game
Whether you're playing on your desktop Windows PC, phone, or tablet, the rules and the UI might have some slight differences, but don't worry, some common threads tie them all together!
In these immersive games, your task is to carefully explore scenes filled with static, detailed pictures, all in search of those elusive hidden objects that will help you advance the game and the story. When you find all the required items before the level timer runs out, you've successfully explored the scene! If you don't manage to beat the timer, better luck next time.
To "spot" an item, simply click on it with your mouse or tap it if you're using a touch screen – it's that easy! But be cautious. Clicking/tapping unnecessary items may deduct some time from the level timer, so keep your wits about yourself and don't lose your cool. If you happen to miss some items within the given time, no worries. You can replay scenes until you get everything right.
Now, let's talk about variety! Many G5 Hidden Object games offer cool new features like mini-games, time limits, or other types of puzzles to spice up the gameplay. But fear not! The core mechanics of the Hidden Object game remain exactly the same as described above – keeping the excitement alive from the first level and up until the hardest challenges of high-level content.
So boot up your Windows computer, and get ready to dive into the captivating world of Hidden Object games. Have a blast exploring scenes, spotting items, and immersing yourself in the fantastic stories they unfold. Happy hunting and gaming!
Top-rated Hidden Object Games for Windows
First up in the list of G5 games for Windows is Hidden City, where you step into the shoes of a detective on a thrilling quest to find a lost partner in a parallel universe. Explore a mysterious phantom city, meet intriguing inhabitants, and unravel the enigmas of this extraordinary realm. Get ready for a larger-than-life adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Next, we have Sherlock – an exceptional detective tale that unravels on the pages of classic literature. Join the legendary British detective and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, as they dive into well-known stories like Alice in Wonderland and Snow White to thwart evil villains and save both the fictional and real worlds. It's a treat for all the bookworms out there! Get it for free on Windows PC!
The Secret Society is G5's third hidden object game for Windows, taking you on an intriguing journey to uncover a hidden society with the power to travel between fantasy realms. Follow the clues to find your missing uncle and open the door to new universes!
In Homicide Squad, you'll become part of a New York detective team solving thrilling police investigations. Gather clues, interrogate suspects, and collect evidence to put the bad guys away for good – it's all about protecting and serving!
The fifth G5 Hidden Object game for Windows is Crime Mysteries, where players head to the vibrant city of Los Angeles. Assist the local police department in investigating heinous crimes and catching those nasty criminals. You'll explore picturesque locations, meet colorful characters, and experience a captivating story full of unexpected twists!
Hidden Treasures calls you on a thrilling pirate-themed adventure through the Caribbean islands. Fight pirates, meet charming characters, and solve maritime mysteries – it's a voyage of a lifetime in search of real hidden treasures!
Travel back in time to the Age of Reason with Hidden Epee. Set off on an adventure in France to find the magical Silver Epee, a powerful artifact said to control life itself. Dive into a rich and colorful world, interact with unforgettable characters, and solve the tricky mysteries of the dark Other World.
The eighth G5 HOG title available for Windows is The Paranormal Society. This game takes you on a spooky journey to stop spirits from a parallel world from intruding into our reality. Work with fellow members of the Paranormal Society to investigate strange events and ensure the safety of the people of Victorian England.
Take on the role of a witty detective in UNEXPOSED and investigate mysterious crimes across a plethora of stunning locations as you hunt for clues and evidence, solve puzzles, and deal with supernatural events.
Get ready for an extraordinary adventure in the tenth game from G5 on Windows - Twin Moons. In it, you explore Halfword – a unique place that works as a crossroads for different dimensions. This gateway to new worlds will leave you speechless, with its mysteries waiting to be unraveled.
Mystery of the Opera is a treat for classic music theater enthusiasts. Investigate the disappearance of your relative as you venture through famous operas like Madame Butterfly and La Traviata in search of vital clues. Thousands of quests, stunning collections, and unique opera exploration await you!
Last but not least, Letters from Nowhere is an amazing Hidden Object adventure from G5. In this game, you journey to your hometown after many years only to find it plagued by silence and roaming demons. Embark on a courageous journey to restore life to normal and unveil the mysteries of Hazewich.
Free game updates, including new boosters and bonuses!
When you play G5 titles on Windows (or any other platform for that reason: desktop or mobile), you can be sure of stable puzzle updates with new mysterious storylines, beautiful locations, and new memorable characters. You can also expect to regularly receive all sorts of bonuses and boosters in-game and experience time-limited events that offer unique rewards and special gameplay features.
How to play:
To enjoy Hidden Object games from G5, go to the Windows Store, download a title of your choice, perform the installation on your computer, and enjoy it for free! Or simply follow one of the links on this page.
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