Parents' Guide to

Hidden Agenda

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Compelling, gripping mature social adventure brings chills.

Game PlayStation 4 2017
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Tame, generic thriller.

Almost no blood, there arent even any bullet wounds when people are shot in clear sight. When there is its very little. Crimes amd anything graphic is kept offscreen. Fairly frequent F words. Content and story is basic network TV stuff. Meh.
age 13+

Predictable, and not worth $5 even

Just like watching a lame video. Doesn't matter what choices you make, Marney is either gonna get convicted or killed. When you've played it through three or four times, you realise that most of the choices lead to the same point, just via a different route! Total waste of money.

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Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (4):

While the slower pace and dark, disturbing story won't suit all tastes, this is a very unique multiplayer game for up to six people to decide the fate of its characters. Hidden Agenda might be considered a combination of a crime drama like CSI: Miami, a horror flick (such as Saw), and Supermassive Games' own creepy Until Dawn -- all wrapped in a choose-your-own-adventure narrative, where you can control the path of the story. While a little predictable at times, the story is strong, and it really does feel like it's a movie.

It's unique and fun to use a smartphone or tablet app as a controller to make decisions, initiate action sequences, collect clues, vote on a decision with friends, and interrogate suspects. But sometimes pushing your finger on the screen, which acts as a mouse cursor at times, isn't very responsive. This isn't so bad when you're choosing how to handle a scene, but it could mean instant death if your decision isn't registered in a crucial quick time event. At under $20, Hidden Agenda is a memorable social game that can even hook in non-video game fans. Just take note of the Mature rating, as the subject matter isn't appropriate for kids, tweens, or young teens.

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