I’ve been on a puzzle game kick as of late and something I’ve found irritating when trying to find new ones is how Hidden Object Games get classified as puzzle games.
I don’t have anything against Hidden Object Games and I really enjoyed I Spy as a kid but to call them puzzles feels like a stretch.
Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines puzzle as
: to offer or represent to (someone) a problem difficult to solve or a situation difficult to resolve : challenge mentally
: a question, problem, or contrivance designed for testing ingenuity
Wikipedia defines it as
A puzzle is a game, problem, or toy that tests a person’s ingenuity or knowledge. In a puzzle, the solver is expected to put pieces together in a logical way, in order to arrive at the correct or fun solution of the puzzle.
By these definitions I would like to argue that Hidden Objects are not puzzles. Hidden Objects are about staring at an image until you recognize an object, there’s no solving anything.
So do Hidden Object games count as puzzles to you?