You'll Find Hidden Chronicles To Be A Decidedly Different Sort Of Zynga Game

Launching today on Facebook, Zynga's Hidden Chronicles ditches farming and building in favour of unlocking the mystery of your uncle's death via hidden object games. OK, there's a little building too.

I didn't even realise my uncle had died, but here we are in Hidden Chronicles, rifling through his stuff and travelling the world rifling through the stuff of others in order to solve the mysterious mystery of his mysterious death, mysteriously. It's a whole lot of timed poking about, searching for a shopping list of obscure objects. It's rather fun, in a lazy sort of way.

Hidden Chronicles integrates social features into the hidden object genre by allowing players to visit their friends and challenge them to daily 60-second search-offs for fabulous virtual prizes. And when you aren't hunting for things you can decorate your virtual estate with them instead, because Zynga requires you place some stuff in their titles.

Hidden object games are a big hit with female casual gamers, so Zynga gathered some of the biggest names in female casual gaming to create Hidden Chronicles. There's creative director Cara Ely, creator of the Dream Day Wedding series; art director Margaret Foley-Mouvais, who also acted as art director for "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Godfather"; and the legendary Jane Jensen of Gabriel Knight fame. If creating seek-and-find adventure games were an Olympic sport, this would be the team the U.S. fielded.

And so what if the genre leans towards the ladies. We can find hidden objects just as well as they can, and I know just the place to prove it.

Hidden Chronicles [Facebook]


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    I've got a better headline.
    Zynga bringing out social media game somehow qualifies as news.
    How does this not count as advertising?

      ... because it's a game. On a gaming site.

      Almost every news article here is written to influence interest (in one direction or another) in a particular video game. Do you get annoyed at all of them, or just the ones in which you aren't interested?

        It's probably an irk with Zynga in general more than anything else.
        I noticed this a day or two ago and the whole hidden object thing doesn't appeal to me at all, but I really should cut Zynga some slack. They're doing well in a dificult market.

      by that rationale, every piece about a game is advertising.

    My mum plays this game, looks boring as anything else Zynga puts out

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