Hidden Through Time

A family friendly game for all ages, perfect for keeping children busy for several hours during a lockdown. The world is a stressful place, so for a game to come along with no violence and very easy controls it is either a blessing or very lucky timing.

For those of you not aware of what this game entails, the trailer below does a good job of showing off the premise. If videos aren’t your thing, it is very similar to where’s Wally (or Waldo) but instead of finding the titular mystery man you must instead find a list of items/people/creatures listed at the bottom of the screen. When highlighting the items in the list you can see a clue for the location of the item. All the settings for the treasure hunts are based in historical time periods: The Stone Age, Ancient Egypt, Medieval Europe, and The Wild West.


 If I discuss one of the levels that won’t be too much of a cheat guide. In one of the Stone Age levels there is a clue for a blue arrow that says, “oh no someone murdered a tree”. To which I searched all the tress with their bark exposed. Its important to note that the item in question will have the same orientation as its clue listing. Using that could see the arrowhead was on the left all I had to do was look at all the right-hand side of the barks before I eventually found the arrow. One of the pieces to find was an egg that, on my screen, had an area of roughly 10 pixels. Without the clues this game is almost impossible so make sure you check them.

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After you have gone through all the set maps you can go online and find the user created maps and explore through a large and expanding collection of those. You can even create your own maps and share them online with other users. In terms of a good comparison for the user systems think of happy wheels.

The Good Stuff:

  • Very Lively art style: This is accompanied with the creatures and humans bobbing, moving and in some cases dancing. (all very cute)
  • Simple concept: The game isn’t complicated, so can be used to keep children entertained while the house is in isolation.
  • “Unlimited” content: You can use the content creator to make as many levels as you would want and with access to all the user created ones as well you won’t run out of content for the foreseeable.
  • Creativity outlet: Using the content creator is a great outlet for creative minds.

The other side of the coin:

  • The item sandbox is limited which means after 2 or 3 days it can feel slightly repetitive
  • Due to the need to focus on the screen for extended periods it can cause significant eye strain.

This was a great fun game, but it is important to only play it for short periods of time with enough breaks to avoid that dreaded eye strain.

The game is well made and has a very sweet personality to it. In time, it should be the idea that they will slowly release more time zones, and therefore more objects, later, which would in turn cure the stagnancy I fear this game may suffer from. If you are stuck in the house with some young children, I definitely recommend this game to keep them occupied.

Score: 7.5 / 10

Remember – stay safe everyone.