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Hidden Agenda Review

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Posted: 4 weeks ago, last updated 2 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Hidden Agenda is an adventure noir crime thriller. It's from the people who made Until Dawn, but uses the PlayLink technology to let multiple people play on the PlayStation using their smartphones to interact and make decisions.

You play homicide detective Becky Marney and district attorney Felicity Graves. Together you are investigating the case of a serial killer known as The Trapper. The game has a dark feel and looks like a movie. Visuals are supported by powerful audio. It really is a genre movie that you can interact with to affect the story.

Play involves you and your friends making decisions to affect how the game evolves. There is no exploration or moving around the environment. Instead, each player has a different perspective on what is happening and access to different information. However, you can use your smartphone to control a flashlight in hidden object (point-and-click adventure) style scenes where you are looking for clues. Once you have all the information you need, you all vote on what to do next.

At times there are challenges that require quick reactions to complete. Along with the other decisions, succeeding or failing these challenges can also determine the outcome of the story. Like with Heavy Rain or Detroit Become Human, failing can result in a character's death or survival.

The app that you use to play the game also provides each player with lots of extra information. This includes character profiles, plots, events and clues. There are also lists of ripple events that have affected the path of the story.

If you play in competitive mode, periodically one player is given a hidden agenda. They need to try and get a particular action to happen before the end of the scene. Other players can also vote if they think they know who has the hidden agenda, which results in conversations and discussions like Among Us.

The result is a really unusual way to engage with a beautiful looking story. It works best as multiplayer where the combination of different perspectives and collaborative decision-making forces players to engage with what's happening on screen. It is designed for mature audiences, so parents will want to check it out before playing with even older teenagers.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/10/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @SuperMGames

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 2 and a half hours and 3 hours to complete. Because of the branching story, there are many reasons to play again. You can also play the game with different groups of people and see how they make different choices.
 
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You will need a iOS or Android smartphone for each player to use to play this. That could include the use of tablets or iPod Touch devices.

CostsCosts

Hidden Agenda usually costs £15.99.
 

Hidden Agenda

PS4 £15.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 16 for frequent scenes of moderate violence and strong language. Violence consists of scenes of people being shot, stabbed, punched and kicked. Blood and injuries are depicted. Strong language includes the word ‘*!@?*’ and its derivatives. Scenes shown differ depending on the storyline options taken.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood, Drug Reference, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence, No Interactive, Elements, Rating Summary. Some decisions and actions can lead to various acts of violence: a man shot in the shoulder; a woman electrocuted; a character killed in an explosion. In one sequence, a character cuts open a man's stomach off-screen, removing an object from his body. One crime scene depicts a murder victim in a large pool of blood. The game contains several references to prostitution in the dialogue (e.g., “...brought a prostitute” and “Met with a hooker...") and implications of child molestation (e.g., "...running the orphanage....The 'Playroom.' Well that was what he called it, but I think he was the only one having any fun in there.”). Depictions of call-girl posters and pictures can be seen in one area. Dialogue also references drugs (e.g., “...I found drugs. I was high the moment I got out of there.”). The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the game.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 16+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. Older players will enjoy discussing different decisions and considering unintentional implications. Forward-thinking and information process skills are key, but also softer skills like compassion, insight and persuasion.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our Hidden Agenda Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@SuperMGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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