Thursday, October 8, 2009

HOG trends?

I've noticed a recent but obvious trend in hidden objects games. Have you noticed it?

I'll call the trend "Girl HOGs" - hidden objects games which revolve around a young woman. I've compiled a table below to demonstrate what I'm talking about.

Release DateGame
July 4
July 11
July 12
August 15
August 19
September 24
September 29
October 6
October 7

This is just a few of them, and this doesn't include the hidden objects games whose advertising images center around the image of a young woman.

Has "sex sells" even made it's way into the casual games market? Is the objectification of females really what it takes to sell games?

Fortunately, there are still several other HOGs which either
  • have you playing as a male character, or
  • have you playing as a little girl rather than an attractive young woman, or
  • have you playing as a woman, but you never see yourself, or
  • have you playing as some kind of creature
Some such games include:

If you're worn out on the Girl HOGs trend, why not give one of these games a try?


  1. A number of your Girl HOGs aren't HOGs at all. Iron Roses and Return to Mysterious Island 2 are both adventure games. I can't speak for all of the other games.

  2. Every game I posted is listed under Hidden Object Games on Big Fish's website. It is not my chosen designation. Maybe they don't know how to categorize games??