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These include games such as: AMAZING ADVENTURES Series; ESCAPE Series; VACATION QUEST Series; and AROUND THE WORLD Series.  There are others that come halfway to being ‘Unlimited’, but these are the ones I own and can still access, but only just.

I have recently been replaying these old games and enjoying every minute of it.  I thought perhaps it was time I brought them to the attention of other players – some who’ve seen and played them in the past, and others who have not experienced the high gained by completely clearing a location of unnecessary and often totally inappropriate Items.

These are games that take you on journeys to various parts of the world – your HOP sites / locations, where you play the Seek & Find – Point & Click game, solving the problems and using Puzzles to open various things – locks, containers, entrances.  When the game is completed – as part of you Standard Game (that is all there was back then) – and the Bonus is unlocked, you can then CLEAR THE DECKS!!  You go to this site via the Main Menu button ‘Unlimited Seek & Find’ or whatever the particular Series uses, then literally S & F – P & C each location until there are no HOs left.  There can be anything from 35 through to 80 Items to find in the one site.

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This extra fun was all included in the Standard Game, and was something to really look forward to.  There is HUGE SATISFACTION to be gained from completely clearing a site.  I still have some of these games – bought through SPINTOP GAMES, REALARCADE, BIG FISH GAMES and GAMEHOUSE (the ones I can remember without looking them up).  I’ll add others later if I get a chance.

But since the advent of the Collector’s Edition – where you usually get a Bonus Game/Chapter/Story of varying length, that you do want; HOP/ Mini-Games/ Puzzles/Souvenir Rooms that you do want; plus Concept Art/Wallpapers/ Screen Savers/ Music/ Developer’s Diaries/ Achievements that you mostly don’t want – the CLEAN SWEEP HOPs no longer are offered.

Personally, I would much rather have the return of the Standard Games with the accompanying CLEAN SWEEP HOPs than pay double the money for mostly ‘junk’ to gain the few little Extras.  If however, you could get the important Extras plus HOPs that stripped their locations bare, I would willingly pay the extra money.

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I would like to ask the Game Developers to reinstate this CLEAN SWEEP aka CLEAR THE DECKS mode for all HOP sites/locations in their games – I’ve noticed the odd game that does it for 1 only site, or maybe 3 or 4.  And they need to be PC games – not Device games modified for PC – that doesn’t work.  The PC needs special Graphics for it to work.

And if they could bring themselves to add it as part of the Standard Game that would be AMAZING!!!!

I highly recommend these games, and they will play on Windows 7, though I think Windows 10 would have to be reset to earlier version in Troubleshooting,  Or you could just lower the Screen Resolution prior to opening them, then returning to Recommended setting once the game is complete.

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Jud House 4/01/2018



About judsartwork

I write reviews of Adventure and Hidden Object games that are Crime, Fantasy, SciFi, Renovation, Travel, Quest and/or Mystery by genre. I have a Masters in Writing (2006) and have been writing novels, both crime and fantasy for many years; plus Haiku, verse, and prose both fictional and literary. I am also an artist of modern, Acrylic, textural and hard edge work, underwater, fantasy, expressionist, and Cosmos paintings. I use mixed media (Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastels) in textural Monoprints, finding surprises to expose within each work. Having both an analytical and creative mind has meant that I have strong powers of observation, and the persistence required to follow computer problems through till I solve them. Of course I am not always successful, but am willing to ask for a little help in order to then unlock the main problem myself. My Troubleshooting Blog, 'Problems and Solutions', was the result of my tenacity.
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3 Responses to ‘UNLIMITED SEEK & FIND’ Games

  1. Steve Veasey says:

    Hi Jud, I have been trying to run CSI Miami on my Windows 10 laptop and although the game installs correctly and looks like it is running ok it starts hanging after a couple of minutes in the first case. i haven’t tried it with Quicktime 6.1 as i thought it was unnecessary but do you have any idea what causes this?

    Sorry this has no relevance to the actual blog post! I am only commenting here because it is your most recent update.

    • Steve Veasey says:

      I worked out that changing the video mode to Open GL instead of Direct X fixed most of the problems. I still have to CTR/ALT/Delete out of a blank screen every time a location loads for the first time but I can live with that. I had forgotten how tough this game is, spent a couple of hours going round in circles on the first case until I remembered there is a fingerprint on the window ledge of the Landon’s garage which is basically invisible!

    • judsartwork says:

      Don’t know if I replied to this Steve. I haven’t been on my site for a long time – been busy doing artwork for exhibitions – but I still believe that QuickTime 6.1 is necessary for the early CSI games. Don’t allow Quicktime to update past that number as you will then have problems like white squares in the centre of the screen to refusal to play. The later games don’t need QuickTime at all. I do with they would bring out some new PC CSI games following the Series format. We don’t want all the bells and whistles aka coins and energy and rewards etc in the Device games. They were on a good thing and messed it up for the sake of the young demographic.

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