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Best Hidden Object Games of 2022

We looked, we searched, we dug very deep indeed, and we found the best hidden object games available today. We even managed to pick the winner!

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Best Hidden Object Games of 2022

Where's Waldo? Does anyone remember that one? That's where it all comes from. The hidden object (well, poor Waldo is not exactly an object but you get the gist) game that predates the digital era. Your task is to explore a particularly crowded image or scene and find that one precious artifact, that one person that everyone is looking for.

Anyone with a keen eye for detail - and a lot of patience - can find great enjoyment in these apps. In fact, this is one of the most popular genres out there. With such a multitude of games available, it's even a challenge to find one that will tick all your boxes (find? get it? anyone?). Since we at AppGrooves absolutely love such games, we decided to do some proper research. We tested no less than ten apps and gained some pretty interesting insight into the situation. And - naturally - we have a winner!

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Apps We Selected
  2. Our Pick Mystery Manor: hidden objects Mystery Manor: hidden objects Runner Up Hidden Folks Hidden Folks Also Groovy Eventide: Slavic Fable Eventide: Slavic Fable
  3. 2. Everything We Recommend
  4. 3. The 411 from our Appventurer
  5. 4. Other Apps Considered
Our Pick

Is this place haunted?

  • Investigate detective cases and search for hidden objects to clear up the crime.
    4.5 Ratings 623K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Sometimes, there is nothing better than a good, old-fashioned detective story with a slightly eerie twist. Yes, it has been done to death, no, we don't need another one, and yes, this one is simply better than anything we have encountered this year.

Why we chose Mystery Manor:

  • Turning a rather predictable idea into something extremely fun
  • The game combines different sorts of challenges with the core hidden object premise
  • A massive selection of levels to enjoy
  • Beautiful, hand-drawn graphics

If you want a unique story, this probably won't be ideal for you. If you want endless hours of genuine fun - download this now.

Read Mystery Manor's Full Review
Runner Up

Back to basics

Stunning visuals and a beautiful soundtrack are all fine and dandy but sometimes you just want to sit down and play something dangerously addictive.

Why we chose Hidden Folks?

  • Some proper, good old-fashioned play
  • The visual style is reminiscent of mid-20th century newspapers
  • Hidden objects that you genuinely need to dig for
  • Potential for great longevity

While this game may not be ideal for very nearsighted people, it is still a fine nod to a long tradition of gems in the genre. It is definitely worth the $5,99 you need to pay for it upfront.

Read Hidden Folks's Full Review
Also Groovy

A proper fairytale

  • Explore the exciting world of slavic legends!
    4.2 Ratings 9K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    Free In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


A bit of fantasy is always a good thing, especially when it is presented in a borderline cinematic way.

Why we chose Eventide:

  • Beautiful visuals inspired by Slavic folklore and fairytales, coupled with a healthy dose of modern-day grit
  • Interesting and often challenging puzzles of various kinds - bringing in elements of a few different genres into the picture
  • 38 wonderfully engaging levels

Eventide is a definite favorite and a game we are likely to stick with in the weeks to come.

Read Eventide's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Welcome to the Manor, detective! Ready to start your investigation?

    It looks like we have a problem that only you can help us with. The owner of Mystery Manor, the enigmatic and elusive Mister X, has disappeared, leaving the residents all to themselves to solve all the mysteries of this strange place. This is where you come in, detective.

    Despite the façade, there are many rooms full of hidden objects and dark secrets in this mansion. Each floor is a labyrinth of mysterious cases that will intrigue any detective worth his salt. Experience the rush of investigating uncanny crime scenes, questioning unusual characters, and finding clues in the most unexpected places!

    Mystery Manor mixes the gameplay mechanics of the best hidden object games, with immersive storytelling and beautiful graphics that could be on the walls of art galleries. Each room contains a unique story, which is intertwined with the rest of the narrative. As you progress, you can’t escape the feeling that there’s a darker hidden secret, possibly a crime – one that involves all of the characters, and you the detective as well. After all, no one really knows how all the rooms and hidden objects came into existence in the first place – could it be that you played a role in this too?

    There’s only one way to solve this enigmatic mystery – start your journey into the depths of the Manor that has more secrets than a big city, and don’t let a single detail escape your keen detective eyes.

    Notable Mystery Manor game features:
    Find hidden objects and complete various detective tasks
    Join other seekers in search of amazing objects, keys, and clues
    Use your detective skills to assemble beautiful collections
    A captivating storyline that’ll make you put down your favorite detective novel
    Beautiful hand-drawn graphics
    Tons of game modes to test your detective skills in finding hidden objects: words, silhouettes, phenomena, zodiac, and more
    Regular free updates full of new characters, objects, and quests
    Breathtaking mini-games and a Match-3 adventure
    Hidden objects game that works offline without an Internet connection: Play it on the plane, on the subway, or on the road. Enjoy!

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    $0.25 - $99.99 per item
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  • Runner Up

    Hidden Folks

    4.8 Ratings 17K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    Search for hidden folks in hand-drawn, interactive, miniature landscapes. Unfurl tent flaps, cut through bushes, slam doors, and poke some crocodiles! Rooooaaaarrrr!!!!!

    A strip of targets shows you what to look for. Tap a target for a hint, and find enough to unlock the next area.

    ------/ Game Features /------

    - 32 hand-drawn areas
    - 300+ targets to find
    - 2000+ mouth-originated sound effects
    - 500+ unique interactions
    - 3 color modes: normal, sepia, and night mode
    - 22 languages (translated by the community)

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  • Also Groovy

    Enter the magical universe of Slavic myths! Delve into the mystery hidden objects type of game to find a rare plant, learn the story of the mysterious creatures living peacefully in a Heritage Park, and help to save them!


    38 hand drawn locations full of hidden objects, puzzles, and mini games!
    A famous botanist receives an alarming invitation from her grandmother, the park’s curator. It turns out that her Grandma has been kidnapped by the mysterious Boruta, who is plotting to conquer the world using the park’s ancient magic.

    Meet creatures from captivating legends!
    The main character must learn the story of the magical creatures living in the park and make a not-so-easy alliance with them in order to save her Grandma and prevent worldwide calamity.

    29 mini games and 14 HO scenes await!
    Relying on her wits alone, the botanist will need to navigate the Moorland’s many obstacles, beat challenging puzzles and mini games, and solve hand painted hidden object scenes.

    Be a detective and solve the mystery of the Moorland!
    Discover Boruta’s mysterious plans and thwart them before it’s too late! Are you up to the task?

    Visit the immersive Midsummer Forest in a bonus adventure from the CE!
    Solve the mystery of the Fern Flower and enjoy the extra HOs, mini games, hand painted locations, and all the additional content from the Collector’s Edition.

    Bring all the hidden object puzzle adventure games with you!
    Optimized for phones and tablets, filled with hidden objects, perfect for playing while traveling. No - wifi required for this offline game!

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    Captivating adventures, stories, tales and eerie mysteries await in our selection of immersive hidden object puzzle games!

    Look for “Artifex Mundi” to get more hidden object puzzle adventure games like this!

    • Find your way through 30 vivid locations to save your Grandma!
    • Test your intellect in 33 puzzling, unique HO scenes!
    • Master the game by unlocking 25 achievements!
    • Visit the magical Midsummer Forest in an additional adventure!

    +++ WE ARE HERE +++
    In-App Purchases
    $4.99 - $6.99 per item
    $4.99 - $6.99 per item
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The 411 from our Appventurer

Stefan Racic
Written by:

Stefan Racic

My phone tends to be filled to the brim with apps I am either trying on for size of using on a regular basis. I use them for a variety of tasks, including sketching and creating art, keeping in touch with friends, being up to date with the latest news, learning about diverse spiritual practices and, of course, playing games!

With over 10 years of experience as a translator and writer, I channel my creativity into writing about things I enjoy. My education in business (I hold a bachelor's degree in operations management) is but one part of expertise. I have worked for art magazines, spiritual blogs, news and business sites, and now I explore the fascinating world of apps.

My previous work is as diverse as my interests. Fresh out of college, I was employed as a translator and interpreter at the fringes of the corporate world and the NGO sector. After switching to writing, I first focused on business news, then shifted to working for a series of art magazines (WideWalls perhaps being the most well known), and even wrote content for a couple of spirituality-focused apps for Labyrinthos Academy. Little did I know that I would eventually devote a good chunk of my time to writing about all sorts of interesting new apps out there.

Best Hidden Object Games of 2022



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