Hidden Chronicles, coming out today, is the first game Zynga has released since it went public — and it’s nothing like Zynga has ever done before.It’s a “hidden object” game that makes you search things like brooms and fish bowls in highly detailed scenes. Unlike the rest of Zynga’s games, Hidden Chronicles is designed to appeal to players that want to be competitive and are looking for a challenge, Zynga’s creative director behind the game Cara Ely said.
That isn’t to say the game won’t appeal to everyone else — it has elements of CastleVille built into the game and Zynga expects it to bring a pretty big audience. But at its core, the elements are very different from Zynga’s other games.
Will it be enough to jump start Zynga’s initial months of trading, which so far have been lackluster? We’ve gone through the game and put together a walkthrough so you can decide for yourself: