Hidden Folks
Gameplay 8
Graphics 8
Sound 8

Hidden Folks is a game where you get to search large, detailed, hand drawn landscapes for people and items. This is repeated across four different landscapes made up of 14 levels. The gameplay is simple, but addictive, while the monochrome visuals and mouth-originated sound effects further add to the charm. If you are looking for something that is easy to pick up and play, but challenging enough to keep you busy for a while, then we recommend you give Hidden Folks a chance.

Gameplay: Very simple, but finding all the hidden folks is quite a challenge.

Graphics: The art style looks great and some of the larger scenes are really impressive.

Sound: Instead of traditional audio the game uses mouth-originated sound effects for everything

Summary 8.0 Great
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Summary 0.0 Terrible

Hidden Folks

Developesr: Adriaan de Jongh / Sylvain Tegroeg | Publisher: Adriaan de Jongh | Release Date: 2017 | Genre: Adventure / Casual / Indie | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

Do you enjoy hidden object games, but feel like searching for things without having to solve puzzles, watch cut-scenes and play mini-games? There are undoubtedly a lot of hidden object games on the market, but often it feels like the actual hidden object scenes are merely added as an afterthought. This is definitely not the case with Hidden Folks, a game where the focus is purely on finding things. There is no story, no miss-click penalties or even time limits, so you can simply sit back, relax and scrutinize the detailed levels for some elusive targets.

Simplicity is definitely one of the highlights in the game as it is easy to jump in and start playing without the need for any tutorials or explanations. In fact, if you have ever paged through a Where’s Waldo book before, you’ll know exactly what to do. A strip on the bottom of the screen shows you images of your targets, all of which are hidden away amongst the detailed, hand drawn miniature landscapes. Initially your targets are basically hiding in plain sight, but as the game progresses the scenes become not only larger, but also more detailed. Increasing the challenge even further is the fact that the landscapes are all very interactive. This means that many objects, such as doors, windows, trees, bushes, tents and more can be manipulated by clicking on them or clicking and dragging. It is not just objects obscuring your targets that are interactive, but virtually everything reacts in some way when clicked, which is a really nice touch. It also means that you are not simply scouring the screen for your targets, but having fun along the way by clicking on random things to see what happens

If you are unable to locate your target, you can click their icon on the bottom strip and a handy hint will point you in their general direction. These hints are useful enough that you can narrow down your search somewhat, but not so obvious that they show you exactly where the target is. Don’t worry if you are still not able to find all the targets as you don’t have to locate each and every one to move on to the next level. Speaking of levels, there are about 14 of them currently in the game. Some are tiny, while others are massive and require you to scroll around to see everything. The developers have also promised to add more areas and features in the future and there are currently three levels listed in the game as “soon.”

Visually, the game makes use of plain white backgrounds while everything else is sketched out in black. This monochromatic scheme not only looks really neat, but also makes it more of a challenge to find all the targets.

To make things a little easier on the eyes you can also switch to a sepia or night mode. Levels are split up into themes, such as forest, dry lands city and factory, each featuring tiny people engaging in all kinds of activities. For example, on the forest levels you’ll see people paddling in rivers, catching fish and sleeping in tents, while the city levels are packed with cars, trucks and all kinds of buildings. In addition to the eye-catching visuals, Hidden Folks also feature a novel approach to its audio. Every single sound effect in the game is mouth-originated, which is quite a feat when you realize that there are close to a thousand of them. Half the fun is clicking on random things to see what wacky sound effects are associated with them. From the honking of cars to the chirping of birds and even the rustling of hedges, the scenes come alive when clicked. Of course, there are also plenty of mouth-originated sound effects that make up the ambient noises as you scroll around the scenes, which sounds a lot better than you might imagine. Interacting with the game is as easy as clicking and dragging, while the mouse wheel is used for zooming in or out. We did find it easier to use the keyboard buttons for scrolling around some of the larger levels without accidentally clicking on things.

The only complaint we can level at Hidden Folks is the fact that it is over all too soon, but considering the low asking price, it still offers plenty of value for money. The fact that the developers will be adding more content in the future is also heartening, although we have no idea how long this might take. Whether you are looking to play something that enables you to focus purely on finding things without any other distractions, or simply want to mess around and click on everything in sight, Hidden Folks have got you covered. It might look fairly basic in static screenshots, but when the game is in motion you’ll see its true charm. It is also refreshing to play a game that goes against the grain and instead of over-complicating everything, simply lets you get on with having fun.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP SP2+
  • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 150 MB available space
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
  • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
  • Storage: 150 MB available space
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
  • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
  • Storage: 150 MB available space

Related posts

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

Senran Kagura Estival Versus offers an impressive amount of fanservice mixed up with some solid hack and slash combat. The game does have its fair share of questionable elements, but it certainly doesn’t skimp on content. There is a meaty story mode to complete, along with plenty of side missions, while the money you earn can be spent on clothing and accessories for the girls. Like most hack and slash games it can get a little repetitive, but despite the large cast none of the girls feel alike in personality or fighting style. If you are a fan of the series or enjoy fighting games, this comes highly recommended, as long as you realize you are going to get bombarded by fanservice around every turn. Gameplay: Features plenty of content and a learning curve that eases you into the various combos and attacks you can pull off. Graphics: Looks great on PC and the detail as well as animations are impressive. Sound: Full Japanese voice acting for all the girls and a funky soundtrack that complements the action nicely.

The Last Dream: Developer’s Edition

The Last Dream: Developer's Edition

The Last Dream is a surreal adventure featuring a man pursuing the ghost of his wife. The game features a unique blend of hand drawn locations and live action cut-scenes while offering mini-games as well as fragmented object scenes to complete. Multiple difficulty settings make this a great title for players of all skill levels and the story, while not very original, is quite engaging. For fans of the genre and players looking for something a bit more unique than a pure hidden object game this title is easy to recommend. Gameplay: A nice blend of classic point & click adventuring, mini-games and fragmented object scenes. Graphics: The hand drawn visuals look great and the game even features live action cut-scenes. Sound: Decent voice acting and appropriate music.

An Assassin in Orlandes

An Assassin in Orlandes

Tin Man Games have done a great job porting over classic gamebook adventures, but this is their first attempt at bringing something brand new to the table. With its fantasy setting and interesting storyline, An Assassin In Orlandes definitely feels like it could have originated from the same era as gamebooks like The Forrest of Doom. However, it is a very enjoyable and gripping tale in its own right. The heavy reliance on dice throws and luck might annoy some players, but thanks to the “Casual” mode, this is an adventure that can be enjoyed by anyone. Gameplay: The story is quite good, but prepare yourself for plenty of dice rolls to test your luck. Graphics: Faithful to the look of the old gamebooks, but we would have liked to see more illustrations. Sound: The audio remains fairly mellow and unobtrusive throughout your adventure.

Assassin’s Creed® Revelations

Assassin's Creed® Revelations

While not quite the "revelation" that I was hoping for, this game does tie up the stories of Altair and Ezio. Not much has changed gameplay wise and the story is not the best in the series but the game is still very entertaining. It is definitely not for newcomers to the series as the story is a direction continuation of Brotherhood but it does fill the gap until Assassin's Creed 3. Gameplay: Pretty much the same as Brotherhood. Graphics: Not bad but the colours are a bit dull. Sound: Good voice acting and atmospheric music.

The Sun and Moon

The Sun and Moon

Don’t let the simple visuals fool you, The Sun and Moon is a devious platform title with a very interesting ground diving mechanic. Being able to jump into the ground means you’ll have to approach platforming in a whole new manner and makes for a challenging, but addictive experience. In addition to the arresting gameplay the game features a nice soundtrack by Dubmood and very responsive controls that keeps you in control of the action at all times. Gameplay: It takes a while to wrap your head around the ground diving mechanic, but it makes for a challenging experience. Graphics: Very minimal, but ensures that the focus is on the action. Sound: Some fitting tunes provided by Dubmood.



Don’t be fooled by the beautiful minimalist visuals that Ellipses sports. It isn’t just another Geometry Wars clone, but a polished and very addictive title where your avoidance skills and puzzle solving abilities are needed instead of an itchy trigger finger. Ellipses features tons of great levels, spread across eight worlds and in addition to plenty of replay value it also ships with a level editor and Steam Workshop support. If you are looking for something fresh and unique this is definitely not a title you want to miss. Gameplay: Simple, but very polished and highly addictive. Graphics: Makes great use of minimalist, but striking visuals. Sound: Complements the on-screen action perfectly.

Leave a comment

two × two =