Parents' Guide to

The Hidden

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Augmented reality shooter proves extremely frustrating.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2011
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There’s an undeniably fun idea at the heart of The Hidden -- namely, using the 3DS camera and gyroscope to find and fight spirits hidden in our world. Sadly, it’s lost just a couple of missions into the action. The problem? We couldn’t find any ghosts. Thinking we must be missing something, we went back through the game’s tutorials and directives. The only advice we could find was to keep scanning and searching. So we walked around some more. Aside from a couple of pink and orange circles that went skittering across the ground so quickly we weren’t even certain we’d seen them, we again found nothing. We consulted the instruction book looking for answers. Finding none, we decided to try scanning our surroundings one more time. We walked indoors and outdoors, took our 3DS into bright light and dark rooms, and pointed the camera at objects of every imaginable hue. But we were rewarded with nothing.

A quick internet search revealed we weren’t the only ones to encounter this frustrating problem. So we quit playing and sat down to write this review, with the intent of telling readers the game is all but unplayable. Consider yourself warned.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Majesco
  • Release date: November 4, 2011
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Language
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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