Everything in The Magician's Handbook: Cursed Valley HD
is accomplished by either a finger tap or swipe. When you spot a hidden item, you tap it to collect it. During the match-3 mini-game, you will swipe your finger along matching items that are connected in some fashion. This can include being next to or diagonal, so you can make some long matches if you try. Every set you complete fills a magic potion jar a little bit more and when it is full, you can cast the spell. If you find yourself stuck, you can reset the board, but it will cost you a little bit of the potion in the jar, setting you back a bit.
One problem I had was the fact that a number of items are right on the edge of the screen and I use a case that fits onto my iPad. While the case doesn't cover the edge, it comes close. There were a number of times when I could barely tap the item and I often had to pull back my sleeve and slip my pinky finger in several times to tap the item.
In the Options when I paused the game, there was a spot to turn off the Distractions mentioned earlier, but when selected, it didn't seem to work as the Distractions were still there, loud and clear, unless I used the short-term spell to get rid of them. You can also look for a dark handprint somewhere in each area and selecting this turns off Distractions for a little while too.
As you go about collecting items, you may also spy tiny coins with the letter "c" on them. You can collect these as well for a bonus, but I didn't see where it made any difference as I collected a number of them. Additionally, you will collect Achievements every time you complete a level and learn a spell and you can either ignore them or post them to your Facebook page.
Overall, The Magician's Handbook: Cursed Valley HD is not one of my favorite hidden object games and I found it to be more tedious than fun. I don't typically feel that way about hidden object games, but this one just didn't grab me, although I trudged through the entire game and beat it. If you have an opportunity to try before you buy, you should know pretty quickly if you like it or not, so let that be your guide.