Hidden object is undoubtedly one of the casual games industry’s most popular genres. Sure enough, fighting off evil forces or solving murder cases can be thrilling and fun, but every so often, we also need a break from all the macabre and chaos and look for some light-hearted fun. With the unprecedented time we are living in and depressing news of the real world, feel-good games are needed now more than ever. We hope this list of some of the best colorful and relaxing hidden object games can lift your spirits and restore your happiness, if only for a while.
MagicIndie Softwares was one of the great Hidden Object game studios and Nearwood is a testament to their skills and talent. This relaxing fantasy adventure follows Jane Lockwood into Nearwood, a dreamy world full of magic but also danger. The game’s wonderful visuals and sophisticated gameplay really cement it as a timeless classic.
Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger 9
Christmas Wonderland might be Casual Arts’ flagship series, but Vacation Adventures is just as impressive. Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger 9 is a must-play for all hidden object lovers. There is a plethora of objects to find in countless photo-realistic scenes. Not only that, but the game’s focus on environmental concerns also make it a fun and educational session for your little ones.
Tiny Tales: Heart of the Forest
Tiny Tales: Heart of the Forest is a one-of-a-kind fantasy adventure. Follow Max, a miniature-size human, who lives in the tiny kingdom among the mice as he navigates through an archery competition on his way to save the world. This hidden object adventure is equally unique and exciting and was voted the best concept of 2017 by our readers.
Gourmania 3: Zoo Zoom
If you love cooking and decorating, as well as finding objects – then Gourmania 3: Zoo Zoom is just right for you. Travel abroad as you open a chain of exotic restaurants in every corner of the world. With today’s free-to-play model and the popularity of hidden object games on mobile, this would have made the best-selling list if it was remastered or released today.
Christmas Stories: Puss in Boots
Christmas Stories: Puss in Boots is among the best Christmas Stories sequels. When the Christmas star was stolen, it is up to you to help Santa’s little furry helper save Christmas. There is nothing wrong with a sprinkle of holiday magic outside the season and there is certainly plenty of that in this game to put you in a festive mood.
Snark Busters: All Revved up
From Alawar, this second game in the Snark Busters series is a winner! Jack Blair puts his racecar driving career on pause to jump between the mirror worlds in search for the Snark. This is the perfect game for a rainy day as it fills with light humor, stylized gameplay, and bright graphics.
Antique Road Trip 2: Homecoming
Boomzap entertainment might be mostly known for their iconic Awakening series, but Antique Road Trip 2: Homecoming is another flawless game in their catalog. This pure hidden object game features a classic American aesthetic, making for a calming and feel-good gaming experience. Also, check out the first Antique Road Trip game for some more hidden antique fun.
Nevertales: The Beauty Within
Nevertales: The Beauty Within is not the brightest game out there, but its fairytale-like magic is incredibly nostalgic and never fails to ease your mind. This is the first game in the popular Nevertales series and its excellence explains why the series is still sizzling even to this day. Travel across fictional realms to find the mystery behind the abandoned baby that was left on your doorsteps!
Family Vacation: California
Join Barb as she brings her family to California to be a contestant on the game show; The Price is Nice. Family Vacation: California is a family-friendly game with charming visuals, fun puzzles, and of course, hidden object scenes! This light-hearted game begs for life’s simpler times and is the perfect game to put you in a happier state of mind.
Witch’s Pranks: Frog’s Fortune
On the surface, Witch’s Pranks: Frog’s Fortune might be more suitable for Halloween, but its versatile gameplay and campy humor make it the happy game for any occasion. Take a dive into this imaginative world of witches and princesses, where you will be immersed in creative gameplay and a juicy storyline. Think of it as an intriguing novel you can just get lost into.
Looking for more games to kill time? Try our curated list of must-play classic casual games.