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When I'm not sure what I want to play, I often rummage through the new versions of Steam, Itch.io and the Nintendo eShop until something catches my eye. It's usually a game that fits my mood, which, like a lot of other people lately, has been a little more fearful than usual. In such a state, I am almost more interested in playing something familiar and relaxing than something new. That's probably why I invested so many hours in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and why Hidden Through Time caught my eye.
Hidden Through Time is a game in which you find hidden objects in a scene, similar to Hidden Folks 2017, where & # 39; s Waldo? Books and the puzzles in the highlights magazine in your pediatric practice. It's about as simple as a game could be: it shows you some objects, animals and / or people at the bottom of the screen that you need to find. As soon as you have found enough of it, you will move on to the next level.
This continues in the story mode of the game, which actually has no story. Rather, it is a sequence of 26 levels that take place in four fantastic interpretations of certain periods in human history: Stone Age with dinosaurs, ancient Egypt with giant gods roaming around, medieval Europe with goblins and the American Wild West. Each period offers a unique aesthetic, along with new sets of buildings, objects and people. This is not only visually appealing, but also helps to prevent the gameplay from stagnating.
As you approach the end of a period, you are prepared to analyze the levels more efficiently so that things can repeat themselves. In this way, the change in appearance is not only visual, but a new challenge to adapt to the new visual language of the level. For example, the Stone Age is full of round and curved things; lots of greenery between the trees, bushes and dinosaurs; and trees and bushes often overlap or hide other objects. In the subsequent ancient Egyptian stadiums, it is more yellow, things are straighter and more square, while people and buildings are packed closer together, but do not overlap in the same way.
There are many similar options that may go unnoticed while playing, but they show that there is a lot of thought about how things are hidden in a scene. In general, objects are near the expected position. A sword will likely be near a knight, and bread will usually be in a kitchen or with a meal. However, the game also uses small scenes within the level to not only look amusing but also to draw your attention to an area where an object might be. For example, at one stage you need to find a sword stuck in a stone and hidden near a wizard and a boy who imitates Merlin and a young King Arthur.
If the game deviates from your expectations or you are not sure where something is, there is a notification system. These are some of the best clues I've seen in a game as they're like their own little puzzle that tells you just enough to point you in the right direction. A hint on a level for a small stone statue had the effect: "I did this so that I am less lonely", which tells you that you have to look for someone or something and that they may be similar to the statue.
Perhaps the best feature of the game is that it has a level builder that allows you to quickly create and upload your own levels for other players to play. The editor is all drag and drop, so you can first choose which time periods you want to use, and then access all the buildings, people and objects you can use to fill your level. If you are not interested in creating levels, you can simply download others' levels and get access to far more levels than you could possibly play.
Hidden Through Time is also available on pretty much everything – PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch – so you can play it anywhere in your home (and possibly outside) at home as you like . The game isn't exactly revolutionary, but what it does makes it very good.
Hidden Through Time was created by Crazy Monkey Studios. You can buy it for $ 7.99 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam (Windows and MacOS) for $ 1.99 on iOS and $ 2.99 on Android. It takes about three to four hours to complete.