Hidden City:Mystery of Shadows

Hidden City:Mystery of Shadows

4 / 5

Latest Version:

1.16.1700

Publish Date:

2014-02-20

Size:

106 MB

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Hidden City:Mystery of Shadows review

Hidden City is a mobile game for Android and iOS in which players discover hidden items in their surroundings and solve puzzles in the process. The game has a penchant for the supernatural, and has unique artwork and locations which accentuate the feeling. The game is only about discovering hidden items, making gameplay quite restrictive.

Gameplay

Hidden City is all about discovering and collecting hidden artifacts in The City of Shadows, and in doing so, you get to unravel mysteries which build the nominal storyline. The game takes you through several locations, such as City Hall and an old abandoned mansion, all which provide different quests. The game starts with a tutorial which shows you how to pick up items. Beyond this everything is intuitive, and gameplay is repeated throughout the different levels even with an overarching storyline.

As the game starts, it is easy to discover items in the dimly lit rooms. As the game progresses, it becomes much harder to see these items or even complete levels. And that’s when that ugly paywall rears its ugly head. You can play side quests and mini-games to battle monsters, but these are not interesting and neither do they advance the storyline too much.

Visuals

The visuals are made up of lots of distinct art. In fact, the whole game looks like it was made specifically for the art. The experience is surreal, especially with the eerie background music playing. The various parts of the city and the characters themselves are not playable, and you only interact with them through static dialogue and on-screen prompts. The rooms where you discover items are quite dimly lit, although this part of the overall is aesthetic.

Controls

Most of the controls are based on on-screen prompts and visual cues which you can then use and tap on various items as appropriate. At the start of each level, you will be promoted on what items to collect, and you can then tap on the items as you find them in the playing rooms. The controls are simple but the entire system is too passive and monotonous for you to gain any enjoyment from it.

4

Good

Hidden City isn’t a bad game if only considering the item discovery, concept gameplay mechanic, and visuals plus soundtrack. What blows it right off this foundation is the fact that it quickly becomes pay-to-win and you have to part with real cash if you are to make any meaningful progress in the later levels. The game becomes boring rather quickly as it never introduces something different. You probably won’t spend too much time on this one. 

4

Good

Hidden City isn’t a bad game if only considering the item discovery, concept gameplay mechanic, and visuals plus soundtrack. What blows it right off this foundation is the fact that it quickly becomes pay-to-win and you have to part with real cash if you are to make any meaningful progress in the later levels. The game becomes boring rather quickly as it never introduces something different. You probably won’t spend too much time on this one. 

Professional Critic
Megan Bonnell

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Hidden City:Mystery of Shadows

4 / 5

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Latest Version: 1.16.1700
Publish Date: 2014-02-20
Size: 106 MB