A recent study conducted by Andrew K. Przybylski, PhD has concluded that within certain guidelines, playing electronic games is as viable of a development tool as playtime spent on more traditionally accepted activities. Przybylski states that:
“electronic play has salutary functions similar to traditional forms of play; they present opportunities for identity development as well as cognitive and social challenges.”
This represents a great opportunity for parents that enjoy playing video games and want to share this form of entertainment with their kids. Hidden Object games in particular have an excellent blend of simplicity of gameplay combined with depth of story that can appeal to both parents and children alike. The issue with this popular genre of games is that the stories told can often be based on dark themes that would be deemed questionable as entertainment for children.
With this in mind, I have compiled a list of some of the top Hidden Object games for kids that is void of adult themes without sacrificing quality of production. Let’s get started!
One of the great long standing series in casual games is Gardenscapes. By blending your typical seek-and-find gameplay and adding the ability to customize your own garden, this game series has both the instructional and creative elements that will keep you and your kids occupied for many hours.
Mortimer Beckett and the Crimson Thief
There is no shortage of mysteries in the Hidden Object genre, but the Mortimer Beckett series has created a wonderful cartoon sleuth character and combined it with the fun of old fashioned mysteries. My personal favorite Mortimer Beckett game is the 4th and final installment in the series: Mortimer Beckett and the Crimson Thief. In the game the player on the role of a well known amateur detective with the goal of taking down one of the word’s most famous thieves. The game features hidden object scenes but also adds the additional element of puzzle solving using the items you find. This extra level of gameplay adds to the experience by making your kids feel like they’re actually solving a mystery.
Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate
Mystery Case Files is the series that started it all. When the original game was first introduced in 2006, it took PC gaming by storm with its previously unknown hidden object gameplay mechanic. The series really improved with the 3rd installment, Madame Fate. This was the first game to add puzzles between hidden object levels that are reminiscent of Rube Goldberg machines. The game has a great sense of style and is sure to be loved by kids.
Like Gardnescapes, Barn Yarn adds an element of creative customization to the gameplay to help break up the monotony of playing scene after scene of finding hidden items. The objects that you find are used in time-management style levels like Diner Dash and Delicous. In these levels you will need to find objects that are requested by customers before they get angry and leave. Your kids will take the money they earn from these levels to upgrade their barn exactly how they like it.
While these are some of my favorite family friendly Hidden Object Game, there are many more available to test for free. We always recommend trying out a game with the 1 hour free trial before making a purchase. So sit down, and play some of the previously mentioned games as well as some of the ones listed below to find something your child or children like and feel safe knowing that they are playing something not fun, but also good for their young minds!