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