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Secret Neighbor: Kids in the Creepiest House

Secret Neighbor
Category: Indie Games
Secret Neighbor

Review

After a huge success of Hello Neighbor, a creepy survival game about a boy unraveling a mystery in the neighbor’s house, tinyBuild published a multiplayer sequel in 2017. This time a party of children, worried by the absence of their friend, enter the same house. The game followed the success of the original and was rated just as high. What Is It About? The story of the game tells abou...

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Secret Neighbor: Kids in the Creepiest House

After a huge success of Hello Neighbor, a creepy survival game about a boy unraveling a mystery in the neighbor’s house, tinyBuild published a multiplayer sequel in 2017. This time a party of children, worried by the absence of their friend, enter the same house. The game followed the success of the original and was rated just as high.

What Is It About?

The story of the game tells about a group of kids who enter the house of some Neighbor. Those who played the original Hello neighbor game will recognize him. The protagonist of the original has disappeared, and his friends come to the rescue, so they infiltrate the house where he’s kept in the basement.

The Deep Mission

The group of kids there has to find the keys to unlock their way to the basement. They can pick items on their way and carry them, open doors and detect keys. If they rescue their friend, they win.

Various members of the group, depending on the class, may have special abilities, like encouraging others, carrying more items, finding keys or taking pictures of places they may be at, escaping the Neighbor, or crafting items necessary. None of these classes is irreplaceable, but the party’s strategy depends on classes present.

Asymmetrical Multiplayer

As you enter the game, you can choose to be a kid of the group or the Neighbor. This asymmetrical multiplayer, where opposing parties have different abilities and different aims instead of mirroring each other, is a hard task. For example, the recent Predator: Hunting Grounds failed on that, while Secret Neighbor succeeds.

If you play as a kid, it’s enough for one of you to reach the basement door and open it. Then the Neighbor fails. If you select the Neighbor’s part, you can select between the classical Neighbor who can set traps or disguise himself as one of the kids and the Clown appearance with frightening effect. The two sides are well balanced, so chances depend mostly on your skill.

Visuals and Sounds

The graphical style of the franchise is consistently indie. Exaggerated colors, highlighted forms, everything surrealistically focused on the essence of things. It’s logical, as you look through the eye of either a kid or a psycho. The mustached face with rolling eyes is the iconic villain style, and the house full of traps is expressive. They are so well located that you don’t even need a 5.1 system: regular headphones will let you hear the scene.

How Does It Feel?

Unlike other games of the franchise, it gives you more excitement than creeps. You know the rules, you play this game many times, and you know the house, though traps are different. In addition, you play it with your friends or random matches, and together it feels way more cheerful.

Is it Good?

It’s quite a different take on the story. A party instead of a lonely boy in a strange house. A human opponent instead of AI. Finally, you can try the villain’s skin and go hunting and trapping. It’s quite good as a standalone game, but it really impresses as a sequel, one that expands the original lore.

Graphics 8

Sound 9

Gameplay 9

Lasting Appeal 8

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