- Release date: 12/8/2017
- Developer: tinyBuild
- Publisher: tinyBuild
- Genre: Misc
- Content rating: Everyone 10+
- Features: Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD
Hello Neighbor review: excellent graphics and dull fulfillment
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What do your neighbors hide behind closed doors? If you don't suspect the people leaving nearby, you definitely will after playing this game. Hello Neighbor will show you that everybody has skeletons in the closet. In this mysterious stealth game, you will have an opportunity to get to your neighbor’s basement and uncover dark secrets hidden there.
Graphics — 5/5
Pixar-styled graphics of the game is going to please players eyes. Colorful, cartoon, sometimes funny graphics instead of a gloomy and frightening picture specific for horrors. Pleasant and minimalistic style, simple textures most likely bring to mind an indie adventure game. The interesting thing about visual performance: it is not trying to scare you with its appearance as other horrors do. Typical elements of horror and intense sound effects are curiously combined with colorful graphics. In addition, many locations and interiors are beautiful.
Gameplay — 4/5
Hello Neighbor takes you to the body of a character who just moved to a quiet suburb. However, he soon begins to suspect that the neighbor is hiding something terrible in the basement. To find out the situation, the hero must penetrate into the neighbor's house. And what he finds there is a main part of the game's horror. As you play, the artificial intelligence of a neighbor learns from your behavior. This means that he will not guess where you are hiding - he will set up traps and barricade the way so that you can not escape.
Controls — 4/5
When you are just starting playing it is difficult to understand how to manage the controls. But soon you will get used to them Here are the main combinations you should know right from the start. Shift is for the run, with E button you can interact with the objects. W, A, S, D you can use for movement, jump with Spacebar, and right mouse button to throw an object.
Replay Value — 4/5
First, you sneak into the neighbor's house looking for needed items, solving logical puzzles, and hiding from the neighbor. But further mechanics remain the same. Apart from taking and throwing things, and wandering around the house with short races from your opponent, nothing else will happen. Besides, the game abrupts suddenly, when you got caught by the neighbor. And everything starts from the beginning. Thus the replay value of Hello Neighbor is doubtful and lacks logic.
The solution of puzzles in the game has no obvious connection with logic. The only thing for that you can grab and count it as a game worthy: a nice visual style and races with a neighbor. In the rest, Hello Neighbor is a failure. Failure in the sense of campaign, gameplay, plot, and technical implementation.
The style of the game is fun and enjoyable: strenuous sound effects and typical horror elements curiously resonate with colorful graphics. Many locations are well-made, there are interiors pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately, the advantages of the game end in its excellent visual performance.
Pros : High-quality graphics
Good sound effects
Cons : Lean gameplay
Raw technical implementation
Replay Value 4.0