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Hello Neighbor Review

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Julie Ellis / 27 Sep 2020

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Hello Neighbor is a horror game developed by Dynamic Pixels. It was released in 2017 and is now available on most platforms, including Android, iOS, desktops, and consoles.

Gameplay 3/5

The gameplay is very similar to other games in the genre. You control a character who intends to sneak into the basement of his neighbor's house to reveal his secrets. You will have to explore the house, avoid the Neighbor, and solve puzzles to advance.

One of the key features of Hello Neighbor is that the enemy is controlled by a self-educating AI, which adapts to your behavior. He analyses the rooms you visit most regularly and sets traps there or just checks these rooms more often.

However, this and other interesting mechanics in Hello Neighbor do not always work properly. The enemy is unpredictable in a bad way, the puzzles are kind of illogical, and the game becomes an average quest.

Graphics 3/5

The visuals are a bit better than the gameplay in Hello Neighbor. It is important to understand that this is an indie game, so you should not expect the graphics on a AAA level. The image is not very detailed, but there is definitely a unique style.

The environment on the outside feels rather empty, but the interiors of the house are interesting to look at. The Neighbor himself is also looking great. Unfortunately, the cartoony style makes it impossible for the game to scare you.

Replay Value 2/5

The replay value in Hello Neighbor is pretty low. You can mess around with throwing objects all over the place for a couple of extra minutes, but the game does not give you much space. The puzzles usually have only one way to be solved, and once you complete the game for the first time, there is nothing else left to do.

Controls 5/5

Controls, however, are pretty good on all platforms. There are not so many mechanics in the game, and you do not have lots of possibilities, which makes the controls simple enough for everyone to learn them quickly. The mobile version's interface is also great as the buttons do not block the view much.

Conclusion: Not for Everyone

Hello Neighbor is not a game for everyone. Horror fans might find it not scary enough, and quest fans will miss the variety of solutions for each puzzle. However, the game is an interesting experience overall. It might not be worth the money for the full price, but purchasing it with a discount sounds like a good idea.

Game Highlights:

  • Enemy controlled by a smart AI;
  • Interesting and unusual visual style;
  • Comfortable controls on all platforms.

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