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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 in the 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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    – FuzzyBoots
    Jan 22, 2019 at 22:26
  • There are an infinity of hidden object games out there. I'll mention the only one I've played because it's vaguely close (Three Cards to Midnight), but it wasn't really about ghosts, it was about memories.
    – Radhil
    Jan 23, 2019 at 0:35
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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, 2019 at 13:33
  • Brings to mind Phantasmagoria, but that was mid 90's (And the only game I ever demanded a refund for).
    – JohnP
    Jan 23, 2019 at 14:38
  • There is The Lost Crown - Says the depictions were taken from Cornwall photography, and you exorcise several ghosts during the hunt.
    – JohnP
    Jan 23, 2019 at 14:49

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With the additional information, I'm guessing this might be Big Fish's Mishap: an Accidental Haunting (unfortunately, Big Fish doesn't seem to sell the game on their site anymore, although you can play it as a demo from here and buy it on Amazon).

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:

It looks like it was followed up by Mishap 2: an Intentional Haunting, which has a walkthrough entry, and a page on Amazon.

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