I've discovered a passion for hidden object and mystery apps (like those put out by Big Fish Games). I especially like those that immerse me in an historical time period or literary story.
Right now, I'm really immersed in Disney's Blackwood and Bell. I like it because it combines both hidden object and mystery solving and adds collecting and managing resources (buildings and decorations from Victorian London).
My absolute favorite hidden object/mystery app is Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand That Feeds. It's my fave because it has the most immersive environment of any HO app I've played: you're actually having to work to solve the mystery, and it has a forensics element. I also think it does an excellent job of integrating NPC's, which most hidden object games lack. I really wish that G5 would release another SED for the iPad (my preferred gaming platform).
I used to love Hidden Object games, until I realized that it was a bit of an addiction, and I was spending too much time on them. I also found that I felt kind of strung out when I did them for a lot of time.
Has anyone else had the feeling of being strung out after playing a game for too long?
By the way, thanks for the tips, Mina. I am definitely going to check out "Blackwood and Bell" and "The Hand That Feeds."
SED is highly addictive, so beware! I wouldn't want to be an enabler ;-)
I know what you mean by feeling strung out. I've had to back off on the HO games myself. Blackwood and Bell is good because you can only play in small spurts (you need energy to travel, it takes 10 cans of energy to fuel your airship, you have a max. of 35 cans at a time, and it takes a while for your cans to refuel).
I have also noticed that I can't play games late at night because my brain refuses to shut down. I've enacted a deadline for my son: he has to turn off his games at least 1 hour before bedtime. One time, he was actually talking to a game in his sleep!
I play the hidden objects game on game console in a bar where they have free tournament poker, we get together and play on breaks or before, I am not as good at it as others, think it may be perceptual, but it also could be that I keep looking for life size objects and they may be smaller or larger than normal. The hidden object reminds me of old beginning video games where you had to find something like a "key" because you would need it later to open a door.