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Review

Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game in which the player must explore their neighbor's house, which is full of traps, to find the key to their own house.

Hello Neighbor

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • Jun 02, 2021
The player can shine their flashlight to see in the dark, and can find tools such as a wrench to remove the traps. They can also craft items by finding materials and combining them. The player must be careful not to wake their neighbor, otherwise they will be caught. The player starts out in their own house, which is surrounded by a fence. The player's goal is to get to the house next door, which is full of traps. Hello Neighbor is an upcoming stealth horror game where players are sneaking around the suburbs looking for clues, solving puzzles and looking out for the eponymous neighbor. The game can be played as either a man or woman, and each has their own vulnerabilities and advantages.

Gameplay

The player starts out in their own house, which is surrounded by a fence. The player's goal is to get to the house next door, which is full of traps. The game is played from a first-person perspective. The player can interact with their environment by picking up objects, opening doors, and examining them. The player can also walk around, look over ledges, and crouch. The player can shine their flashlight to see in the dark, and can find tools such as a wrench to remove the traps. They can also craft items by finding materials and combining them. The player must be careful not to wake their neighbor, otherwise they will be caught. Gameplay consists of sneaking into the neighbor's house, performing tasks while avoiding detection, and finally getting out of the house. The player is given a variety of tools for use in order to complete their tasks and avoid detection: a flashlight, an electric saw, and a gun. The player is also given the ability to pick up objects in a house and use them to distract, or even kill, the neighbor. The game's levels are procedurally generated, meaning that the player never knows what the layout of each house will be.

Graphics

The graphics are very simplistic and pixelated, but this doesn't detract from the game. The game has a pixelated, 'retro' look to it. Graphics are comprised of dark shadows and a realistic color palette. Non-playable characters are not in the game and the player is the only one shown on screen.

Replayability 

The game has some replayability because of the randomized nature of the neighbor's house. Hello Neighbor will be a difficult game to master, and will likely take a few hours to complete.

Conclusion

Hello Neighbor is an upcoming stealth horror game where players are sneaking around the suburbs looking for clues, solving puzzles and looking out for the eponymous neighbor. The game can be played as either a man or woman, and each has their own vulnerabilities and advantages. Hello Neighbor  is available on Steam for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Pros:
  • The game is a lot of fun to play
  • The music is creepy and adds to the atmosphere
  • The game is very immersive
  • The game is fully voiced
  • The game has an engrossing atmosphere
Cons:
  • The game is pretty short
  • The game can sometimes be frustrating
  • The game can sometimes be hard to find the right way to go
  • The player's movement is a bit sluggish
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