SHIVER: Vanishing Hitchhiker is a mystery hidden object game that centers on an urban legend of a woman hitchhiker. The game starts with the player picking up a hitchhiker and dropping her off in a town known as Gordon Creek. The hitchhikers bear is left in the backseat of the car and the player goes back to the abandoned town to bring it back to the hitchhiker.
Players must visit different locations and search for items. The list of items is found at the bottom part of the game window. As the story progresses, players get to read different entries from a journal. The entries tell the story of mysterious incidents that happened in the town. Players must uncover the mystery to solve what happened to the hitchhiker. Some items found in the locations can be added to the player’s inventory. These items can be used later on in the game. When stuck looking for an item, users can click on the hint button located at the bottom left part of the screen. In addition to the hidden object scenes, there are also puzzles that users need to solve. These puzzles are not mandatory and can be skipped without affecting the outcome of the game.