Will This Brand New Game From Zynga Jump Start Its Dead In The Water Stock?

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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:

Bam! Let's get started.

The game starts out as a murder mystery.

Your job is to find hidden clues and objects in a scene.

Each scene is highly detailed and has a photo-realistic style, compared to Zynga's other games.

Here's another highly detailed scene.

When you find all the hidden objects, you unlock the next section.

More pieces of the puzzle are revealed as you progress through the game.

Each scene features a lot of animation.

When you find an item, you're awarded points.

If you quickly find items, you'll build up a bonus multiplier.

Naturally, the game will ask you to share your results with friends.

You level up in these games to unlock more content, just like in other Zynga games.

You'll still have an estate to play around with. You can add pieces of flair to your estate.

As you progress through the game, you'll unlock more areas on your map.

Many areas have more hidden object scenes to access.

You'll have to complete quests to unlock them, though.

Each area you unlock usually has a hidden object screen.

For example, when you unlock the tree house, you get to play that hidden object scene.

Here's what a fully populated scene will look like.

You can also visit a friend's estate.

When you visit, you're given the option of challenging them to a match.

You can also hide objects on their estate for them to uncover. You're awarded points for doing that.

The games challenge you to find as many objects in 60 seconds.

When you complete any level or challenge, you're stacked up against your friends on a leaderboard.

Those cards on top of your house all represent friends that have challenged you.

You unlock more hidden object scenes by levelling up — or paying cash.

There are a ton of scenes to unlock.

Here's another scene where you'll have to find instruments among the mess.

Sometimes you'll unlock mini-games in the hidden scenes.

They can be puzzles...

...or memory games where you have to match cards.

You'll get a big bonus for completing the mini-game and there's still a leaderboard for each game.

There are plans for even more content in the future.

So that's Hidden Chronicles...

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