A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hidden Folks is a downloadable hidden-object point-and-click game. Players are walked through a series of hand-drawn animated pictures and given a list of objects to search for. Each item also has clues to its location, sort of like riddles that can help players figure out where things are. The pictures have a little bit of movement and action, sometimes requiring players to dig around a little more behind certain things like doors and tents to find specific objects. There's no violence in the game and no objectionable language or content, making this a safe game for kids of all ages.
What's it about?
In HIDDEN FOLKS, players look over hundreds of hand-drawn, voiced animated pictures to find specific items from a list, similar to a Where's Waldo game. Each item has a riddle-style clue to its location that players can try to solve to help with the search. You find the item, click on it to collect it, and move on through the list until you've found enough to move to the next stage. Things start off simple but quickly get harder as the scenes get bigger and more dense, filled with even more pictures and interactive elements to sort through.
Is it any good?
This new approach to hidden objects will entrance you with its gameplay, even if it becomes a bit repetitive over time. Puzzle games these days seem to be getting a lot more complicated, with more bells and whistles and shiny bits to keep people interested. Hidden Folks takes the opposite approach, with a simple presentation, simple gameplay, and a simple idea that's not so simple to put down. It's fun to zoom in and zoom out of the hand-drawn pictures trying to find everything from bears and baskets to Pikachu look-alikes and vampire bats. Even more fun is clicking on each illustration not only to see the interactions but also to hear the voice-over sound effects. It's a silly little thing to hear a guy pretending to be whatever there is on the screen with such little enthusiasm. It's a deadpan humor that never gets old. That can't be said about the rest of the game though. After a while, all the pictures and puzzles start to sort of blend together and feel a little repetitive. It's still fun, especially in doses, and it's something that stands out in its own unique way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about using your powers of observation in the real world. When you look around closely, what types of flowers, plants, or animals do you see that you might have missed on a first glimpse?
Discuss riddles. Did the riddles in this game make some of the items easier to find?
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