Review: Hidden Through Time (PlayStation 4)

Embark on a colorful hand-drawn journey of discovery through the ages! From missing dinosaur eggs in the stone age to a king’s crown in medieval times, can you find them all? Discover, create and share worlds with your own hidden treasures in Hidden Through Time.

Pros:

  • Cutesy cartoon graphics.
  • 1.52gb download size.
  • 3 modes-Story/map editor/online.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Hidden object gameplay.
  • The bar at the bottom shows the objects to find and highlight them gives you a clue.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Animated world.
  • Can zoom in/out.
  • Smart controls, easy to learn and use.
  • Skip level pops up after you find X amount of objects in the current level.
  • Click anything in the level and they make noises from Dinosaurs to rocks to Cowboys.
  • Click buildings/tents to look inside.
  • Online-upload/share/search created levels and each level shows a rating/play count and clear count.
  • Map-powerful editor where you can add individual objects to set the objective object and the themes. Surprisingly easy to use.
  • Four-time periods-Medieval/Egyptian/Western/Caveman.
  • Relaxing Zen-like experience.
  • Endless replayability.
  • Easy trophy list.
  • Chilled out soundtrack.
  • Nice change of pace.

Cons:

  • Only one control layout.
  • No timed/leaderboard integration.
  • Map creation does take some time as it houses endless possibilities.
  • No actual tutorial.
  • No hints button.
  • Speed cursor could do with a speed-up button.
  • Music does grate over time but it can be turned off.

 

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

As the world around gets a little bit longer, it’s a Godsend to get a game like this. Everyone has at some point in their life read a Where’s Wally book and this for all purposes is the videogame equivalent. You have a shopping list of objects with minimal clues and then search the world for the objects. The world itself is an animated affair and full of charm and warmth, its easy on the eyes and is a joy to look around. The gameplay is simple, the controls are straightforward and it’s all very accessible. The online portion is a powerful editor is there for those who want it but those that don’t, you can easily search and play other player’s creations. I just really appreciated and enjoyed my time with the game and if you need a change of pace or a pick me up, this is the brain workout you were looking for.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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