January was a pretty slow month in terms of hidden object, time management and match-three releases – or at least high quality ones – but we still got a few high quality launches to make up for the drought and save the month. This means that it was easier than it usually is to pick up the winners and I am happy to be able to share them with you below: the best casual games released in January 2016 over at Big Fish Games.

I tried to offer more than just hidden object games, as I usually do, but that’s a really tough job because honestly it’s the HoGs that top the charts when it comes to quality. But let’s see what we managed to find!

Mystery Trackers: Paxton Creek Avenger

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In the tenth game in the series, Elephant Games gives you an exciting story about a masked villain who takes on the whole Mystery Trackers organization. A mystery man calling himself the Paxton Creek Avenger has terrorized a theater full of people. He’s kidnapped your commander’s daughter, and you’ve got to stop him! Luckily, you’ve got faithful Elf by your side, as well as an unknown ally. With their help and the use of a special thermal scanning device, track down the Avenger and find out what he has against the Mystery Trackers. Click here to give the game a try!

Labyrinths of the World: Changing the Past

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The past isn’t set in stone. Now’s your chance to change it! This time, you’re tracking down a fellow agent who seems to have gone rogue to save his beloved. But does his quest for these powerful relics mask a more insidious plot? Find out in this hidden-object puzzle adventure game full of twists and turns! Play morphing, listed, and interactive HOPs, Match-3 games, and more! You can check out this great game from Domini Games here.

Phantasmat: Behind the Mask

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Welcome to the Ward family reunion! The Ward estate is in disrepair and its inhabitants are just as damaged. But they are your family, aren’t they? You’ll soon discover that being a member of this family isn’t just challenging – it could be deadly! Search through level after level of hidden objects and mini-games to unlock the secrets of the Ward Estate. Will you survive? Or will this family reunion be your last? Find out in the regular edition release of the game, available here.

Ominous Objects: Trail of Time

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The mountain town of Glockenverk is in the grip of a dramatic and unseasonal cold spell. But this is no ordinary weather phenomenon… People are literally freezing in their tracks, while animals transform into strange ice beasts throughout town. The trouble seems to be originating at the town’s clock tower, and it’s only a matter of time before the deadly cold spreads to the rest of the world. Click here to download the game and see if you can crack the case!

Spirit of Revenge: Gem Fury

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Someone’s out for revenge, and she’ll stop at nothing to get it. Your sister needs your help finding her daughter Liza, who went away to summer camp and disappeared along with several other children. As a parapsychologist and member of the police team, you’re accustomed to criminal acts of the ghostly variety, but are you ready for this spirit of revenge? All that glitters isn’t gold in this abandoned mining town. Play both interactive and list HOPs and enjoy learning about Nickfield’s past in the mini-games and super puzzles, available here.

Witches’ Legacy: Awakening Darkness

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You’ve just arrived home to discover that a witch named Cassandra has cursed your family. Now your body is aging rapidly and you have just hours to save them before your body crumbles to dust. What is Cassandra after, and why did she target your family? Your search will take you through dark forests, deadly swamps, and even a university for witches to find the answers you seek. Head over to Big Fish Games to give it a try.

Reflections of Life: Dark Architect

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GrandMA Studios, the studio that brought you Reflections of Life: Equilibrium, is back with another gorgeous fantasy adventure in the Fantastic Worlds. The fate of the worlds is uncertain now that a mysterious evil being and his monsters and spies are bent on destruction. With the help of your trusty owl companion, not to mention the powers of a magical amulet, it’s up to you to discover the truth. Do you have what it takes to stop the villain before it’s too late? Click here to find out.

Hidden Expedition: The Fountain of Youth

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Eipix proudly presents the next installment of the popular Hidden Expedition series! While supervising a restoration project in Sigiriya, your fellow H.E.L.P. agents have gone missing! Follow in the path of Ferdinand Magellan’s historic voyage to locate your coworkers, and uncover what Aturnin’s crew is really looking for. Click here to play the game.

Rite of Passage: Heart of the Storm

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Your mentor calls you, in need of urgent help. On your way to meet him, the sky turns supernaturally frightening! You’ll soon discover that your beloved professor is dealing with a dangerous storm unlike anything he’s ever witnessed. Can you uncover the dark secret swirling at the heart of this storm, or will lightning strike you down? Find out here.

PuppetShow: The Face of Humanity

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The city of Saltsbruck is restless, as its citizens are being laid off, replaced with life-like puppets. But when several people are murdered and the mayor’s daughter, Agnes, goes missing, the town panics and closes up! Nothing is certain when you don’t know if you’re dealing with humans or their puppet creations. Can you uncover who or what is causing the deadly accidents in the city and rescue the mayor’s daughter in time? Click here to find out!

So these are the top games released in January, in my opinion. Have fun playing them all!