Secret Neighbor review
Hello Neighbor started a cult that nowadays includes constant interest by users. Yes, it means fiction books and fanfiction, fanart and memes, letsplays and mods. Secret Neighbor is the official spinoff; the game where you can become the Neighbor among the kids! Play Secret Neighbor, a multiplayer take on the famous creepy story.
The setting of Secret Neighbor is somewhere between the first and the second episodes of the origin. A party of up to six kids goes down to the Neighbor’s basement to check whether their friend is kept there. They enter the house to find the keys, reach the door and unlock it. If they do, they win.
The problem is that one of the kids may be that very Neighbor in disguise. Don’t ask how he changes the appearance. The fact is that he can catch all the kids one by one. So you should be careful not to get caught (or not to be disclosed if you play as the Neighbor). The basement is full of machines that Neighbor can use to catch the trespassers.
As for kids, they can have various skills. The Leader cheers up the rest. The Detective is capable of finding keys with photos of their location, and then the intuition. The Scout has a slingshot to shoot and can move faster than the rest. The Inventor can make various simple machines to distract the owner of the house, and after some practice, he can open the Neighbor’s portals. The Bagger can carry more than the usual two items and suffer less from falling. The Brave can get free if caught by the Neighbor.
The game can offer you random partners, but it’s better to have a friends’ party. A lot depends on your voice communication (so install Discord if not yet). And remember, kids: the Neighbor has infiltrated!
The designers had no choice. Given how much of a cult the origin has become, they had to follow it. So, Secret Neighbor is a 3D first-person survival, set in the locked basement of the house. The game isn’t as dark as one could suppose, but you better turn off the light when playing it. The drawing style is still what we love: as if everything was drawn by a gifted kid and then edited by a gentle adult to add detail and precision but preserve the original inspiration.
And don’t forget to connect your best speakers or headphones. A lot depends on the sound. You need to communicate with your teammates; in addition, by the sounds you can detect where something is going on (or just going).
So far the game is only available for Windows 10 (via Steam or Microsoft Store). No wonder it’s optimized for keyboard and mouse; and if you have played Hello Neighbor’s desktop version, you’ll find everything very familiar.
As for gamepads, formally they are not supported. Still, if you are lucky, your Xbox or Steam controller will work. You can also take some time for mapping it manually if you consider it worth this.