National Geographic launches hidden object game World of Secrets on Facebook


National Geographic Games is the latest developer to try its hand at a hidden object game, as the developer’s “National Geographic: World of Secrets” has launched on Facebook. The game, which was published by 6waves, takes players around the world, completing 27 hidden object challenges as they explore ancient civilizations.

The game follows players on their journey with Ada Wellsboro, the daughter of Wallace, an explorer whose airship crashed during a journey to the North Pole. Players are asked to retrace Wallace’s footsteps after receiving a distress note that confirms Wallace and his team are still alive and in need of help.

Hidden object scenes ask players to find items on text lists or by silhouette, and various power-ups will point out objects instantly, add time to each timed scene, or otherwise increase the likelihood that players will find objects while wasting as little time as possible.


Outside of scenes, players spend their time at the National Geographic Society, a virtual estate of sorts, containing quests, interactive characters and objects that can be built by collecting materials within scenes.

National Geographic: World of Secrets joins a growing genre of games on Facebook, including Zynga’s Hidden Chronicles and Disney / Playdom’s Blackwood & Bell Mysteries. Despite the number of large names in the genre, however, few Facebook hidden object games find lasting success. Hidden Chronicles, for instance, has fallen to #169 on the top Facebook apps leaderboard by monthly active users. According to our tracking service AppData, the game now has just over 2.5 million players, after peaking at over 33 million players in February 2012.

National Geographic: World of Secrets is now available to play for free on Facebook. The game is monetized via in-app purchase options, including additional hints and energy to play more scenes before it recharges naturally. You can follow the game’s progress on AppData, our tracking service for mobile and social games and developers.