10 Best Hidden Object Nightmare Games

Sleep is a restful activity that should be stress-free. But what if you are pulled into a horrifying (and very real!) nightmare? How can you wake up from your terrifying dream?

In our list of the 10 best hidden object nightmare horror games there is no simple "tap out" button. You will have to traverse the various horrifying situations that present themselves in your nightmare, and get out of this dire situation yourself. Make sure to download horror games to fully immerse yourself in the terror!

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Haunted House

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Nancy Evans is an expert in superstition and modern societies. She's been invited by her aunt, Mary Allen, to spend a few days in a quiet cottage by the sea. What she doesn't know is that, next to the cottage, there's a large, run-down house that has a macabre atmosphere. You play Nancy Evans and must investigate the strange phenomena coming from this gloomy house.

According to Mary, it's haunted by ghosts. Indeed, her interest in mysticism has her thinking that the creaking that can be heard, the shadows wandering the halls, and the strange smell that sometimes prevails there are all very strange. Nancy goes there and is amazed to discover that the spirits are trying to communicate with her. They're leaving messages for help in the world of the living. What's happened in this house?

Haunted House features
  • Keep your cool and explore a real haunted house in the search for clues on the appearance of ghosts
  • Discover the history of the house and the macabre secrets it hides
  • Complete paranormal rituals to communicate with the ghosts
  • Solve complex riddles to advance in your investigation
Release Date22 September 2015
Genre Hidden Object
OS PC Windows
LanguageEnglish (United States)
Memory1024 MB RAM
File Size675 Mb

Adam Wolfe

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To investigate his sister’s disappearance, Adam reached a place where the criminal underworld is intertwined with the supernatural phenomenon - the dark alley of San Francisco.

Are you ready to adventure through nightmarish situations, shady streets, dark corners, scorching deserts and ritualistic shrines in order to unveil a conspiracy? Become the paranormal detective. Become Wolfe. Face the secret societies, unnatural afflictions, and ancient covenants now!

Adam Wolfe features
  • Solve challenging hidden object puzzles with unique mechanics
  • Over 8 hours of adrenaline filled adventure
  • Detailed and quality crime scene designed to be mysterious
  • More puzzles available than you can ask for
  • Meet mysterious characters along the way
Release Date03 April 2020
Genre Hidden Object
OS PC Windows
LanguageEnglish (United States)
Memory1024 MB RAM
File Size1324 Mb

Mystery of Mortlake Mansion

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A particular old mansion has been living a mysterious life of its own in Mystery of Mortlake Mansion. Explore the dark rooms and uncover the secrets that haunt this eerie place.

Meet the talking raven and the Spirit as they guide you on your nightmare adventure of hidden-object puzzles. Confront the insidious lord, break the evil spells, set the captives free and become the owner of the gorgeous mansion.

Mystery of Mortlake Mansion features
  • Over 700 unique items to find
  • Over 34 locations to scour
  • 30 mini-games to enjoy
Release Date07 June 2012
Genre Hidden Object
OS PC Windows
LanguageEnglish (United States)
Memory1024 MB RAM
File Size170 Mb

Letters from Nowhere 2

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In Letters from Nowhere 2, gather the clues to Patrick's disappearance. Help Audrey find the truth to her husband's disappearance as she goes on a nightmarish adventure to save her husband!

The mystery further intensifies when the last letter that Audrey receives leads her to a deserted town. To her horror, similar cases had happened around the area. Rummage through different hidden object scenes and find the clues needed to save the husband. Think fast! before it is too late!

Letters from Nowhere 2 features
  • A spectacular suspense story that pulls you into the game
  • Scary and mysterious music that compliments the suspense
  • Different variety of mini games available within this exciting hidden object game
Release Date24 April 2015
Genre Hidden Object
Game Developer Awem Games
OS PC Windows
LanguageEnglish (United States)
Memory1024 MB RAM
File Size141 Mb

The Book of Desires

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Ashley had a horrible dream where she traveled to a strange world. When she awoke she realized it was just a nightmare, but her reality turns out to be just as scary. Help her escape with her life in this exciting adventure!

The Book of Desires features
  • Be careful what you wish for in this chilling hidden-object exploration
  • Travel a dark world to find a way out and free your soul
  • Make your way and gather useful objects to solve challenging puzzles
  • Discover the power behind a magical book and dispel its curse
Release Date15 December 2017
Genre Hidden Object
OS PC Windows
LanguageEnglish (United States)
Memory1024 MB RAM
File Size155 Mb

Shadow Shelter

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You have been hired as a private investigator to search for the missing heir to an old estate in Scotland. You wouldn't expect to find anyone in an abandoned manor, but that assumption is wrong, as the house has a life hidden away from the eyes of a novice.

Spirits and ghosts have long occupied the space within its walls. They will only let you into their nightmare dominion if you're willing to play by their rules. Are you ready to explore all the secrets of the abandoned house and search for the missing heir? Download free full version game and explore the secrets of the abandoned house.

Shadow Shelter features
  • Blood-chilling atmosphere
  • Excellent graphics and epic soundtrack
  • Diverse selection of challenging puzzles
  • Thrilling hidden object, puzzle, adventure game
Release Date28 November 2014
Genre Hidden Object
OS PC Windows
LanguageEnglish (United States)
Memory1024 MB RAM
File Size544 Mb

The Curse of Silent Marshes

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Save your friends from a vengeful voodoo spirit dressed as a circus clown.

Will you break The Curse of Silent Marshes? A friendly visit home turns into a terrifying experience when a laughing clown attacks! This vengeful spirit has taken your friends. They need your help to escape this nightmarish situation in this hidden object game!

The Curse of Silent Marshes features
  • Spooky atmosphere and graphics to set the ambiance
  • Exciting hidden object plot that keeps you guessing
  • Great scenes that will tease your brain
Release Date17 March 2017
Genre Hidden Object
OS PC Windows
LanguageEnglish (United States)
Memory1024 MB RAM
File Size258 Mb

Dreamscapes: The Sandman

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Help Laura wake up to the real world in Dreamscapes: The Sandman. When Laura’s dream catcher was destroyed, she became trapped in her nightmares. Can you travel through the eternal darkness and help her wake up in the real world? Try this breathtaking hidden object adventure game now!

Dreamscapes: The Sandman features
  • 50 various locations to wander around
  • Incredible dream worlds to visit
  • 2 game modes to enjoy
  • Dozens of achievements to get
  • Astonishing cutscenes in 3D
Release Date27 November 2013
Genre Hidden Object
Game Developer Shaman Games
OS PC Windows
LanguageEnglish (United States)
Memory1024 MB RAM
File Size820 Mb

Dreamscapes 2

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Laura doesn't suffer from nightmares anymore. But, despite the fact that it has been 2 years since she came out of the coma, she is haunted by the promise of Sandman to take revenge.

Laura and Tim go to ski resort hoping to distract Laura from heavy thoughts. There, on the edge of the world, misfortune befalls her. Tim goes out of the house in a fit of lunacy and falls off the cliff. He did not die, but is in a coma. It is not hard to guess that the fall off the cliff and coma are caused by intrigues of the Sandman. It would seem what might be easier for Laura, having the absolute Power, to awaken her husband?

However, having received the Power, Laura has made a commitment not to use the Power for her own benefit. This means that she can't help Tim to wake up. And she has 2 choices: watch how her beloved slowly dies in the hospital, or employ the help of an old friend again who helped her when she was in a coma.

When Laura met up with you, her old friend, she stops the time to pass by the doctors unchecked and infiltrate in Tim's ward, and then she immerses the player into the subconscious of Tim, whose body has almost been seized by the Sandman. The Sandman operates under the old scheme: by sending nightmares, he suppresses the will of the victim to resist.

Will you be able to wake up Tim before the Sandman turns him into his heir?

Dreamscapes 2 features
  • Continuation of game series
  • Original game world
  • More than 40 gaming locations
  • 12 mini-games
  • 2 game modes, classic and advanced
Release Date19 December 2014
Genre Hidden Object
Game Developer Shaman Games
OS PC Windows
LanguageEnglish (United States)
Memory1024 MB RAM
File Size330 Mb

Whispered Stories: Sandman

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James and Mary are two orphans growing up on the streets of 19th century London. When Mary disappears one day while visiting the traveling puppet show, James returns to it each day in hopes of finding her.

One day however, he meets her fate and is transported to the surreal, nightmare world of the Sandman. Now, James must not only find Mary, but also look for a way out.

Venture through the strange world of the Sandman to find Mary and escape. Speak with other trapped souls, locate important objects, and solve tricky puzzles.

Only your wits and keen vision can help you on this journey. Will you find Mary? Will you figure out the key to your escape? Will you keep the Sandman from claiming any more victims?

Whispered Stories: Sandman features
  • Escape the Sandman's clutches in this surreal Hidden Object adventure
  • Venture through 19th century London and an altered dimension
  • Speak with other trapped souls and locate important objects
  • Solve tricky puzzles to outwit your captor
Release Date09 May 2014
Genre Hidden Object
OS PC Windows
LanguageEnglish (United States)
Memory1024 MB RAM
File Size300 Mb

Also, as these events are happening in your own head, you cannot expect any external help. You will have to survive and make it out on your own.

Keep your wits about you! And remember, these nightmares do not necessarily follow the laws of physics. Everyone's brain is a complex and difficult terrain to navigate, with skeletons in the closet and deep, dark fears. Expect the unexpected, and do not get too spooked by everything that is going on. If you want to learn more about the genre, check out our guide on The World of Hidden Object Games.

Published 08 May 2024
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