Hello Neighbor (Series) Review

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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 08/12/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Strategy.

 

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete. 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

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

There are in-game purchases in the Secret Neighbor version of the game on Xbox.

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.


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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


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