Three new hidden object games have recently hit the web, each one with a different setting and storyline wrapped around familiar seek-and-find mechanics. From pirates to wizards to messy family homes there's no shortage of variety in theme! Unlike games such as Azada and Forgotten Riddles, these titles don't try bending the item-hunting mechanics too much and instead opt for entertaining settings and unique mini-games. If you're one of the many people who can't get enough of these games, these should keep you busy (and entertained) for a while!
The Scruffs (Windows, 48MB, demo) - Certainly the quirkiest of the lot, The Scruffs hidden object game enlists you to save the Scruffs' family home from being sold. Grandpa Scruff's solution is an elaborate scavenger hunt around the home to uncover valuable artifacts. Grandpa also reveals he's hiding a shocking family secret! The presentation is top-notch and features great voice talent along with smooth animation and nice music. The chapter-based storyline keeps the plot moving while your eyes keep searching the game's 20 different scenes. It's a much more light-hearted take on the item hunting genre, and the presentation is loads of fun, so you won't lose interest in this game anytime soon.
Abra Academy: Returning Cast (Windows, 75MB, demo) - In a setting that gives more than a few nods to the Harry Potter novels, Abra Academy is set in a wizard's school under attack by mysterious creatures. The story is told through cut-scenes that break up the intense eyeball item hunting action. The scenery is remarkably imaginative and a treat to look at as well. Unfortunately the difficulty isn't very high and experienced item hunters will likely breeze through the 25 levels in this title. With the wizard setting and more forgiving gameplay, however, Abra Academy is a great choice for the kids.
Pirateville (Windows, 25MB, demo) - Pirateville puts you in the sea-shoes of Sharpshooter Jack, a pirate who has more than a little lust for gold. Searching for the greatest treasure in the land, Jack travels from location to location talking to natives and gathering clues. The scenes and mini-games are well-integrated into Pirateville's storyline, which is a nice change of pace from the rather plotless item hunters of yore. In the end, Pirateville is an adventurous take on the hidden item genre with a fun set of tasks to complete across 33 stages and an enjoyable storyline.