Hidden City:Mystery of Shadows
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.
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.
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.
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.