Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek is the downloadable follow up to the very popular stealth horror game Hello Neighbor. However, this is not actually a sequel. Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek is a prequel that explains the reasons why the neighbor is the way he is in the first game. Available on all major platforms, Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek is a game many people have been excited for.
How to Download Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek
You can download Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek from Epic Game Store. At the time of writing the game is not available on Steam. If you like Hello Neighbor series you should also be interested in downloading Secret Neighbor, which is a multiplayer game, and signing up for the Alpha version.
To start playing you will need Epic Games Launcher, which you will download by clicking the link below the review.
The Game Review
The story of the games sees you playing as the kids of the neighbor from the first game. They are playing a “friendly” game of hide and seek as kids do. The family dynamic at first appears to be happy, but things soon take a turn and actually make the neighbor appear to be a more sympathetic character than just a crazy guy like he was in the first game.
The first game saw you trying to break into the neighbor’s house, this one is the brother and sister playing hide and seek. What is neat about this is that this game of hide and seek is played in a fantasy land that the kids have made up.
Each stage has multiple objectives and puzzles for you to do. The first stage, for example, is about you collecting items and helping out these animals. There is not much handholding when it comes to the puzzles or objectives which can be frustrating at points and make you ask yourself, where the heck do I go?
This was the case in eth first game, you were left to figure things out on your own. To be fair while somethings are rather cryptic, most objectives are easier to figure out than they were in the original Hello Neighbor. The gameplay is from a first person view and it plays just like the first game.
This is both good and bad.
Good in that if you liked the original Hello Neighbor, you will feel right at home. Bad in that some of the platforming the game asks of you is very hard to do and that is not because of the challenge, but because the controls are not exactly on point.
You play as the little girl and in the first game, it was the neighbor who was stalking you. This time it is your brother (you are playing hide and seek after all) this is what you would call the main mechanic of the game and it can make things rather tense.
However, it can sometimes be very frustrating as some of the levels are very open and he appears to have eyes like a hawk as he can see you from about 10 miles away and then he will chase you down relentlessly. This can be annoying if you are on the last objective you have to do and just want to get it done. On the flip side of this, it does make things tense, but it is not scary like the neighbor was in the first game.
The Bottom Line
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek is a game that has a lot of promise. I really like the idea of the game being set in the kid’s imagination. It is not at all scary like the first game and the little brother hunting you like he is Jason Voorhees can get annoying, but it works.
The clever way each level is different from the last keeps you guessing as to what is coming next.
If you thought the neighbor in the first game was a creepy psychopath, Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek humanizes him a bit which could be a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. I do think it is a bit better than the first game and if you can deal with the flaws, you will have a fun time.
- Each level is its own unique style
- Serves as an interesting prequel
- Hiding from your brother can be nerve-wracking
- Lots of objectives and puzzles to figure out
- The art style is pretty cool
- Platforming is not exactly precise
- Little brother can be relentless