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Hidden Folks

2 months ago

Feature: Recky with the good hair

Steam Summer Sale recommendations: 2018 edition!

The old quote is wrong: neither death nor taxes are, it seems to me, as terrifyingly certain as the Steam Summer Sale. Yes, once more we can add to the heap that is our backlog by buying games for, what, five quid, on average? But there are so many to choose from that it's easy to get flustered, so who better than the staff of…

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3 months ago

Feature: Listen to these dads

Podcast: What do we play with our kids?

The dadification of games continues. So we’re going full Dad this week on the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, as we’ve been asked to talk about the games we play with our children. Alec’s daughter is excited by the unlockable characters in Rayman Legends (and she’s also strangely fascinated by Battletech). John’s son is a bit younger and likes to watch his dad diving…

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1 year ago

Hidden Folks uncovers new factory areas in free update

The wonderful Where's Wally 'em up Hidden Folks [official site] has added three new areas in a free update today. The centrepiece is a sprawling factory with moving production lines and some big numbers: "19,475 sprites, 3400 interactive objects, 921 characters, 540 sounds, and 28 targets," I'm told. This is a lovely game and now there is more of it and that is great. Huzzah!

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The Top Best Bestest Games Of 2017 So Far

Update: The year is finished, which means you can now read our final list of the best games of 2017. 2017 has already been an extraordinary year for PC games, from both big-name AAA successes to no-name surprise indie smashes. Keeping up with so much that's worth playing is a tough job, but we've got your back. Here is a collection of the games that…

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Feature: Finding myself

The calming influence of Hidden Folks

John has already reviewed Hidden Folks [official site], an exquisitely illustrated game that is like an animated Where's Wally? book. He used the term "Wimmelbilderbuch" in the review and I like looking at those letters in that order, and I like trying to say the word even more. As a game Hidden Folks is a lot like that word - just poking at it and…

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2 years ago

Feature: Hide & Seek

Hidden Folks review

Perhaps the most important thing about Hidden Folks [official site] is how it manages to contain so much unabashed happiness. Taking the Where's Wally concept and making it far more complex, despite being in black and white, these intricate wimmelbilderbuch art drawings (got to use it again!) burst with silly life. Click on anything and something will happen, whether it's birds squawking and taking off,…

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Feature: Clickbait

Hidden Folks is bursting with life and completely daft

I spotted Where's Wally-alike Hidden Folks [official site] while judging the first round of the IGFs, and asked the developers if I could preview it back then. Instead they sent over a newer and ever-evolving build of the game which I've been playing on and off for the last month, and I am completely charmed.

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3 years ago

Hidden Folks Looks Like Where’s Wally? With Fiddling

The imaginary worlds I grew up with were Where's Wally? books (or, for our international readers, Where's Waldo, Willie, Villi, Valli, Wali, Jura, Charlie, Ubaldo...), beautiful bustling places filled with people going about their days. Stuff finding that striped fool, I wanted to gaze at everything going on! Wait, is that why I like Bernband so much? Anyway, similar pleasures are coming our way with…

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