|a game by||Dynamic Pixels Ltd.|
|Editor Rating:||7.3/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||7.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||Horror Games, Psychological Horror Games|
Despite getting average at best reviews, Hello Neighbor was a bit of an internet sensation on the good ol’ YouTube. It is a horror/puzzle game that actually is deeper than the art style suggests. While I would never in a million years say that this game is perfect or even close to it. I think they created a good foundation here which is evident in the fact we have had a prequel; a spin-off and a sequel is currently in development as I write this.
Strange Mr. Peterson
The story of the game starts with you playing as a child. You have moved to a new town and as the title suggests, Hello Neighbor is all about your relationship with your strange neighbor, Mr. Peterson. While playing in the street, you notice something strange over at his place, like he is locking someone up in his basement. You decide to head over there to figure out what is going on.
The story has a very sinister kind of thing going on and the ending kind of shocked me as I was not expecting this to be a game that deals with actual trauma.
How Cryptic Is Too Cryptic?
I have to be honest with you guys and say that I can see why there are some people out there who hate Hello Neighbor. This game is a first-person puzzle game. You need to sneak around the property and the house of Mr. Peterson, trying to at first make your way in, then into the basement, and then escape. Mr. Peterson is always on your tail and the AI is smart in that it learns from what you do.
The idea of the game is great, but the execution needed a lot more work. Technically, the game is sound. It plays well enough, there were no framerate issues or any “technical” problems at all. The thing with the game is the puzzle design. This game features some of the most cryptic puzzles I have ever come across in a video game. It is not good at all in giving you hints about what you need to do to progress. This along with constantly getting caught is what turns a lot of people off from this game.
Through The Eyes Of A Child!
The presentation of Hello Neighbor is great. I love the art style they have here and the first time I saw and played the game I could not put my finger on what it was like. So, I will steal this from a buddy of mine who said that the game looks like it is designed as if it is through the eyes of a child. Which as you are playing as a child at first, I guess it is.
It can be bright, but it is the basement sections where the horror gets ramped up where I really think the visuals excel. You always feel like there is something just out of frame that wants to get you.
I hand on heart do not believe that anyone has played Hello Neighbor and beaten it from start to end without using a guide for at least a couple of the puzzles (snow globe in the freezer, I am looking at you!). Still, I must admit I found myself invested in this world and thought that the premise was great. I will admit, had I not resorted to using a guide I too would have probably not liked the game.
- I thought the setting and the premise were great
- He really is one hell of a creepy character
- The style of the game is very clever
- It has some fun jump scares
- The prequel game is made better in every way
- The “twist” of the story was kind of brutal
Download Hello Neighbor
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP