Hello Neighbor

Game review by
David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Stealth horror game has some cheap scares, lots of problems.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

No positive messages -- focuses mainly on snooping, being nosy, invading privacy, getting caught trespassing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not much known about your character, whose nosiness overwhelms common sense. Neighbor seems to have malevolent intentions, but little info provided about him.

Ease of Play

Very approachable, but you quickly hit a wall of needing to experiment and exercise extreme patience, making progress little by little.

Violence

Presented in "cartoony" art style, game includes sequences where human characters are placed in peril: a boy hiding from attacking mannequins, a boy held captive after getting caught, a neighbor chased by a large shadowy creature; screaming, crashing sounds.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hello Neighbor is a downloadable survival horror game. After noticing your neighbor's comically colossal house, you are compelled to break inside and see what he's up to. From a first-person perspective, players sneak into the neighbor's home and solve puzzles to unlock hidden rooms and find objects. Aside from the focus on breaking and entering, there's no objectionable content in this title. But there is the intent to create jump scares, or to startle players after lulling them into a false sense of security with prolonged periods of silence and no action as they sneak, before they suddenly realize they're being chased or cornered. This will likely be too intense or scary for younger players.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written byAdam Schoenwald July 14, 2018

Some Content may not be suitable for younger players

So this game is not what you would think from the title. It's definitely a game where parents of children under 12 probably should supervise by playing to... Continue reading
Adult Written byDownwardsunshine July 26, 2018

No objectionable content

My six year old plays this game. There is no sexy, nudity, cursing, blood, gore m, violence etc. there are jump scares that would frighten some children. You ha... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old December 13, 2017

Dis Iz My Review

Hi there! This is my review. First off the only concerns are a tiny bit of violence and creepy scenes (I'll try to keep this short). Let's dive in n... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFuntimeFredbear December 30, 2017

Hilarious game!

This is a game about breaking into your neighbor's basement to find out his dark secret. It includes no blood, no sex, no violence and pretty much no drink... Continue reading

What's it about?

HELLO NEIGHBOR is a stealth horror game about sneaking into your neighbor's house and figuring out what he's hiding in the basement. In many ways, the gameplay is a reimagined version of hide and seek. Each time you're found by the neighbor, he will adapt and set up more traps to make your next infiltration attempt that much harder.

Is it any good?

This stealth action game proves that a clever concept isn't nearly enough to provide engaging or immersive play. The fact that there isn't a whole lot going on isn't necessarily an outright dismissal of its gameplay. The main problem with Hello Neighbor is it feels primarily designed for YouTube streamers than for an average player: The controls stick, the neighbor's sneakiness is meant to provoke outlandish streamer reactions for people to comment about online, and even "losing" doesn't matter. That is, in a game hinging entirely on your trying to get into your neighbor's basement, even when your neighbor finds you, all that really happens is a few additional traps are laid. That's it. You get to keep everything in your inventory and you get to try again, immediately. Although the game boasts a formidable artificial intelligence, all this seems to really mean is the neighbor will hang out where he last found you. In other words, you can intentionally be caught somewhere far away from where you intend to enter next time, and get on your merry way. 

But doing that isn't exactly desirable. There's only a basic tutorial, so you're thrown in with little sense of how to even make progress at all. It's plausible that impatient players will get no further than the front door and never see confusing and amusing parts of the house like its rollercoaster and water-filled room. But the game is remarkably vague about what its puzzles are, how the controls work, and even the story itself. It feels like a game designed to garner traffic online, one for people to complain and commiserate about -- something that seems absurd, but if your kids like to watch streamers, this will make sense. It might be fun to watch someone else play, but for you to play yourself? Not so much. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being nosy. What's the difference between healthy and unhealthy curiosity? Why do some people struggle with respecting these boundaries and controlling themselves? 

  • What do you do when you're scared? What are good ways to cope when something is too intense?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
  • Price: $29.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: tinyBuild
  • Release date: November 8, 2017
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence

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