26th Mar2020

Digital Shorts: ‘Hidden Through Time’ Review (PS4)

by Chris Cummings

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Hidden Through Time, available now on Switch, PS4 and Android.

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Once in a while I like to jump into the Nintendo or PS Store and have a look around, see if any new titles stand out to me. I like a little cheap distraction, and I came across Hidden Through Time, a game available on PS4, Nintendo Switch and Android. The game, developed and published by Crazy Monkey Studios, is a Where’s Wally style game in which you are given a number of items to find amongst a large scene from an era of time, be it Prehistoric, Egyptian, Medieval or Western.

The game looks splendid. It’s cute as hell, and the way you can jump into a level and try to find these items, from bananas to fun characters to mugs of beer, is both simple and executed very well. That’s the point here. This is a game that takes focus and thought, but it isn’t hard. It’s easy to dive into and anyone can play it, it just may take a while, sometimes, to find every item on the list.

I’ve played levels that took me twenty minutes to finish because I just couldn’t find that damn bottle or sword, and then other levels I’ve whizzed through in a minute or two. The animation style is great, bringing in humour and fun little scenes that make you wonder “ooh, what went on here then?”. I have been thoroughly charmed by Hidden Through Time, and spent a few hours playing the levels on offer and some of those that appear online. Yes, this offers a chance to create your own puzzling levels and upload them, so you can play other people’s find-the-item stages and share your own. That’s a cool addition, for sure.

A quick and easy title that the whole family can play together. It’s a good pick, and for only £6.49 I recommend it, for sure. Good stuff!

**** 4/5

Hidden Through Time is out now on Switch, PS4 and Android.

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