So when I was younger, around 8 years ago, I remember playing this point and click hidden object horror Big Fish game, but basically there were a handful of ghosts you had to help “release” (?) and the whole fashion of the game was from the 1950s (think grease) and i remember particularly during the game when you took too long or were idling, the ghosts room you were looking in would pop up on the screen.

The characters in the game were cartoonish, yet realistic, and all the colors were bright from what I can remember. You aren’t a ghost yourself if I recall correctly, and each ghost had a room of their own coordinating to their style, i.e. the greaser had a garage, the opera singer/actor had a dressing room, etc.

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    Please visit scifi.stackexchange.com/tags/story-identification/info and see if those prompts give you any additional material to add to the question. – FuzzyBoots Jan 22 at 22:26
  • Was it a Hidden Object Game? More like a Sierra point-and-click? Were you a ghost yourself? What kind of graphics were they? Cartoonish? Limited color palette? Photographic? 3-D? Were the images animated, and if so, how limited or expansive was the animation? And did all of the ghosts have rooms, and if so, what decided which one popped up? – FuzzyBoots Jan 22 at 22:27
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    i updated my info if that helps answering your question, my memory is foggy so pardon that if i don’t get all your questions answered (: – Solei Jan 22 at 22:34
  • No worries, that's a lot of info already :) you can edit everything else you'll remember whenever you want. Good first question, and welcome to the site! – Jenayah Jan 22 at 22:37
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    Was that something which got a "physical" release (CD etc), or did you play it online? If the former, where did you buy it, what did the jacket look like? If the latter, do you remember what kind of sites you used to go to? – Jenayah Jan 23 at 13:33

With the additional information, I'm guessing this might be Big Fish's Mishap: an Accidental Haunting.

The Burtons have just moved into a beautiful new home, which just happens to be haunted. Now it's up to you to help them deal with some particularly unfortunate ghosts as you search for Hidden Object through beautifully illustrated rooms. Help the Burtons survive the paranormal and take back their home in Mishap: An Accidental Haunting.

It sports a number of ghosts in various rooms. There's a greaser-looking ghost and an actress ghost.

Bedroom Ghost Ballroom ghost

This walkthrough provides images of most of the scenes, albeit, of course, also spoilers. Alternately, the opening cinematic:

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