With the year close to an end, we’ve decided that it’s very unlikely that an earth shaking game will be released by the year’s end and rushed to create this list. And this is a list of the best hidden object games released in 2013, a set of 10 games that you will surely enjoy even if you’re not the biggest fan of the genre.

The year 2013 marked the passage to the hidden object adventure genre (aka less hidden object, more adventure) but these are the trends and despite some – including me – are not particularly happy with the death of the traditional hidden object games, the titles below will prove that we did get some absolutely amazing hidden object games back in 2013. So here are our picks of the best hidden object games of 2013!

10. Grim Tales: Bloody Mary

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You’re driving home from work when you get an urgent call from your favorite niece, begging you to pick her up from her boarding school. The teachers have gone missing, her classmates are becoming violent, and shadow creatures are haunting every corner. Search the school, but remember this one simple rule: Never look into a mirror after sunset. Bloody Mary is always watching.

If you haven’t played the game, you can download it here.

9. Flights of Fancy: Two Doves

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Save your kingdom from disaster in Flights of Fancy: Two Doves! You return home from a royal party to discover that your estate has been robbed. Someone has stolen the magic dove that has been in your family for generations. To make matters worse, the king’s magic dove has also been stolen, and if the thief learns how to use the power of the two birds, the consequences could be disastrous! With the king missing and the kingdom’s citizens falling victim to a strange curse, it’s up to you to save the kingdom.

You can check out this game over at Big Fish Games.

8. European Mystery: Scent of Desire

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Stop a maniac’s murderous trail of fragrance and deception in European Mystery: Scent of Desire! You’ve barely settled into your retirement in the peaceful French countryside, when you receive an urgent request from Paris. Young women are disappearing in broad daylight, the authorities are baffled, and the person responsible is still on the loose! How could any able-bodied detective refuse such a case? Find out by downloading the game here.

7. Final Cut: Encore

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Your murderous half-sister has escaped, and you’ve got the last piece of your father’s treacherous film projector. The breakout success story returns for an encore as you uncover the truth about your father’s dark secrets and find out who’s really behind his death and his deadly invention in Final Cut: Encore.

If you haven’t played the game, you can download it here.

6. House of 1000 Doors: Serpent Flame

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Return to the House of 1,000 Doors to save mankind from annihilation! Giant snakes have burst out of the Earth and are wreaking destruction across every continent. Your mission: travel back in time to four different epochs to gather the elements needed to activate a machine that can destroy the ancient beasts!

Haven’t played the game? Click here to check it out.

5. Living Legends: Frozen Beauty

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The Queen has chosen your sister as her successor, but are her promises too good to be true? You were only six when your mother vanished, leaving you to care for your younger sister, Elizabeth. After she receives an invitation naming her as the Queen’s successor, she pleads with you to join her in her new royal life. All she has to do is pass a simple test to prove her worth. Is this too good to be true, or is your luck finally changing?

In case you didn’t do it already, find out here.

4. Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren’s Call

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Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren’s Call is the sequel of the smash hit Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart. It is an epic adventure story with an exciting plot, outstanding puzzles, and unforeseeable depths of twists and turns. When Sarah Black, the curator of the Caribbean Naval Museum, receives a package from a mysterious messenger, she is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict. Moments after she opens the package to reveal an artifact, assailants descend on the museum and rob her of it. She can hardly believe that this is the beginning of a new nightmare from the deep! After blacking out in the museum, Sarah finds herself on the shores of Kingsmouth, a forgotten fishing town with an incredible secret. The would-be messenger reveals the sad truth: he and the rest of the town’s denizens are suffering from a curse that is gradually turning them into aquatic creatures. A curse that was cast by two powerful beings: the mayor, Murray, and the sea-devil: Davy Jones.

Get this exceptional game from Big Fish Games.

3. Dark Parables: The Final Cinderella

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For decades, a mysterious witch, known as the evil Godmother, has been hunting maidens in search of the legendary “Cinderella.” Play as the fabled detective, rescue the Final Cinderella from the evil Godmother’s clutches, and stop her evil plans to conquer the world!

Plain and simple, in an otherwise spectacular game. If you haven’t played it yet, make sure you do here.

2. Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood

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A year has passed since the events of Maple Creek. But for the past few months, our detective has been hot on the trail of the demonic preacher she fought one year ago. Yet he has managed to always stay one step ahead. She hoped to bring an end to the chase in the redwood forests of Northern California. But like so many times before, the trail went cold…

Then she encountered an abandoned camper in the middle of the highway. Enormous claw marks scored the roof and the lost family’s personal belongings were scattered everywhere. All signs pointed to the scene being fresh.

And all clues led into nearby Ravenwood Park… and you can experience the events here.

1. Nevertales: The Beauty Within

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Just when you were finally done with work for the day, a stranger comes knocking loudly at your door. When you answer there’s no one… no one except a helpless baby abandoned on your doorstep. You follow after the stranger, hoping to find some answers but are drawn into a mystery that beckons you into a castle-like mansion. Who does the baby belong to? Why were you chosen? The answers will surprise you in Nevertales: The Beauty Within, our top pick for this year’s best hidden object game!

We know that it’s always tricky with lists because we might have not placed your favorites where you consider they should be, but I am sure that if you give these games a try (in case you haven’t already), you will find them absolutely charming.