In which I chart some of my experiences with hidden object games, starting as a genre newcomer and meandering through several attempts to understand what I’ve been doing here. This post has been in development for years, and changed direction several times. It’s become a journey from my first experiences with the genre, until now when I find myself moving away from it.
[Post contains some spoilers, particularly for A Vampire Romance, Twisted Lands: Shadow Town and Deadly Association]
There are some defensibly good hidden object games, like Tiny Bang Story or the Drawn series, but I'd much prefer to write about trash. Most of these games feel churned out, with little depth or originality. Disposability itself can be part of the attraction, but in a conflicted way. I waver on whether these games are playfully cheesy or just cringeworthy.