Releasing a new video game is often the final phase of a long journey. Years of hard work and anticipation crystallised into one magic moment where you’re game is set free. In that respect Hidden Through Time, the newest Crazy Monkey studios game, almost feels like a surprise release. Popping up a few months ago the casual hide and seek game is now available on almost every game platform imaginable.
The game means a breath of fresh air for the developers of the successful Guns, Gore & Cannoli series. Where those games were heavily inspired by classic run-and-gun shooters like Metal Slug, it’s not hard to see where Hidden Through Time draws its inspiration from. Yes, the similarities to Adriaan de Jongh’s Hidden Folks are obvious, yet there’s some unique elements that set the game apart as well.
The biggest difference is of course the colourful hand-drawn graphical style. Hidden Through Time has players scouring objects and characters that are tucked away in the corners of four different historic ages, such as Ancient Egypt and the Middle Ages. You’ll not just need the gaze of a hawk to find all the details hiding in plain sight, but also solve funny, little interaction puzzles, hinted at by cryptic descriptions. Sherlock your way through enough solutions in each page of history to advance to the next.
The game also contains a neat level editor where you’ll be able to mix and match assets from different historic periods. A medieval castle inhabited by cavemen? Done! Sfinxes getting it on with dinosaurs? No problemo! If you’re done with messing up history, you can share your level with other players to show them how twisted your mind really is.
Hidden Through Time is out now on *deep breaths* Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and will run you € 7,99. There’s also mobile versions for iOS and Android that cost just € 2,99.