Genre:  Hidden Object
Platform:  PC

It’s election day here in the US, and things are looking grim.  As a bit of social commentary, I’d like to share a fun game which I feel is appropriate for my mood.  In Papers, Please you play as a lowly checkpoint worker for your government, the country of Arstotzka, reminiscent of iron-curtain Europe or the USSR.  Your job is to inspect the paperwork of people that want to enter your country.  Your life depends upon your performance.  The more people you process, the more money you make, which means your family can afford to eat for another day.  You’re screwed if anyone gets sick, and you’ll really start to feel the pressure as you watch your wife or children slowly starving to death.

This game really does bring about some ethical dilemmas for which there are no clear cut answers.  Do you help the secret underground or the lady that is just trying to see her daughter?  Or do you stick tight to your duty and deny all without proper documentation?

I call this game a hidden object game as I’m not sure how else to classify it.  You have an instruction booklet to refer to.  The documentation gets more and more complicated as you play.  You have to have a really sharp eye to be good at this game, thus the hidden object aspect.  Eventually, you’ll get to start body scanning for hidden weapons.  I made it through an entire month of the game at one point and that was really tough.

This game is very unique and a lot of fun.  It can feel a bit heavy if you let yourself get wrapped up in the story, which I did.  Check this one out!

Genre:  Hidden Object
Platform:  PC

I can be a sucker for casual object games.  They are a good thing to do when I’m trying to keep my mind occupied and often let me go into deep thought.  It’s a lot like mowing the yard or listening to music – it keeps the noisy part of my mind occupied so another part can work on some more complex things.

One of these such games is Clutter.  It’s a PC game and I found it on iwin.com.  They have tons of casual games on that site and this is one of my favorites.  It’s a hidden object game, but not in the strict sense.  It’s almost more of a matching game.  You have to find matches, sometimes two, sometimes three at a time.  The game gives you different goals or modes.  Sometimes the images are all in black and white or perhaps split in half.  They also have mini-games scattered throughout to break up the game a bit.

There are five different Clutter games and I’ve played them each through a few times, some more than others.  Clutter 1, 2 and 5 are my favorites.  I have spent many, many hours playing.  I was actually just playing Clutter 5 when I had the idea to write this post.

If you like hidden object or matching games, check this one out.  It can be challenging and fun!