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Hello Neighbor (Series) Review

Posted: 20 months ago, last updated 3 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Rich Adams.

OverviewOverview

Hello Neighbor is a stealth survival game with a horror feel. You try and sneak into the basement of their neighbour’s house to uncover a "horrible secret". The game responds to your strategy by setting traps along paths the player followed in previous attempts.

As you explore the neighbour's house from the first-person perspective, you have to avoid being spotted or be chased down and be captured. Creeping around like this leads to high suspense and jump scares. You can stun them and throw objects. Each time you are caught you go back to your house and try again.

There are a few games in this series
  • Hello Neighbor (2017) on PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Switch
  • Hello Neighbor Hide and Seek (2018) on PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Switch
  • Secret Neighbor (2019) on PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Switch
  • Hello Neighbor 2 (2020) on PC, Xbox Series X

In the Secret Neighbor version of the game, one plays as the neighbour and six as the intruder. The neighbour chooses from several classes and uses everything in your power to prevent intruders from succeeding. The neighbour is initially in disguise and tries to lure other players away from the group. As the game page states, "It feels like that scene from The Thing where characters test each other for who's the traitor. Practice your roleplay skills."

Hello Neighbor 2 introduces a new story. You play as Quentin, a local reporter investigating why people have started to mysteriously disappear in Raven Brooks. It offers the same open world gameplay as you explore abandoned houses and the open world of Raven Brooks. The computer opponents are more dynamic and offer a greater challenge.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 08/12/2017

Price: 33% off

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Stealth

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Dynamic Pixels (@DynamicPixels)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. It takes 10-12 hours to complete the game, but this is really a challenge played in rounds trying to do better each time.
 
Players: You can play this with 7 players online. You can play with up to 7 people in Secret Neighbour, 6 players trying to get to the basement and one player setting traps.

CostsCosts

Hello Neighbor usually costs £23.99 to £56.99. 

Hello Neighbor

Hello Neighbor Bundle

XBox Store Xbox One £41.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £49.99

Hello Neighbor: Hide And Seek

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £29.99
Switch Store Switch £26.99

Hello Neighbor: Home Invader Bundle

XBox Store Xbox One £56.99

Secret Neighbor

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One. There are in-game purchases in the Secret Neighbor version of the game on Xbox.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Although the original Hello Neighbor is rated PEGI 7, Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek is rated PEGI 12 for infrequent scenes of minor violence. Violence occurs during movie scenes in which the angry brother, shoots his sister with his toy gun and shoves her roughly while sitting at the dinner table. She is unhurt but visibly upset.

Secret Neighbor offers players the opportunity to purchase in-game items in the form of cosmetic items, which some parents or carers may want to be aware of. Parents, carers or other responsible adults should check to see what is being offered before making any purchase on behalf of a child. It should be noted that the game can still be played without the need to purchase such items.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

11-16 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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