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Hidden Through Time

What could be better than an adorable digital game of hide and seek in the form of a hidden object game? I don’t know! And that’s why I’m so excited to play and review Hidden Through Time from Crazy Monkey Studios to discover just how great a hidden object mystery can be. It’s time: let’s grab our binoculars and get started on the adventure of this incredible game. 

Hidden Through Time
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Overall Rating


1 - Visuals


When you start on the first map of Hidden Through Time, you may think to yourself, “this is a fairly simple image for a hidden objects game.” Don’t be fooled. These delightfully nostalgic images will take you back to your childhood of simple images making up stories, but a multitude of intricacies hide within the images. And the farther you go through the maps, the more intricate they become. 

One of my personal favorite visual elements is that as you move through the levels, the objects you’re searching for tend to show up in the maps over and over. You’re not always searching for those same objects, but they’re around, and it’s a good way to start training your brain to look for familiar, small objects. 

For visuals, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars. 

Hidden Through Time
Courtesy of Crazy Monkey Studios

2 - Audio


The most incredible part of Hidden Through Time’s audio is the fact that every object in the game, from the people to the plants to the dinosaurs, makes its own unique sound when you click on it. 

If there’s one thing I love above all else in this game, it’s the attention to detail put into every moment of every map, and that attention shines through in how every single object, no matter how small and seemingly insignificant, has its own sound effect. It’s absolutely incredible when you think about the care that went into making this game and adding all those details. 

For audio, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Hidden Through Time

3 - Story/Progression


At its base, Hidden Through Time’s story is all about finding hidden objects among the maps. On a wider scale, however, this game tells the tale of the world, and shows the growth of many civilizations through the increasingly expansive maps and alternative zones (Viking Tales, Legends of Japan, Road to Rome). 

Something about this game reminds me of the Ice Age films, and in the same vein of those films, this game isn’t tied to accuracy and historical fact, so take it with a grain of salt. That being said, if you want a fun little jaunt through an animated representation of some bits of history, you’ll enjoy the story of Hidden Through Time very much. 

For Story/Progression, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars. 

Hidden Through Time
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4 - Gameplay


Hidden Through Time’s gameplay is blessedly intuitive. All you have to do is point and click, and the further you go along, the more you have to point and click on. A simplified set of game controls is a strong running theme in hidden object games, because it allows you to fully concentrate on finding the objects, instead of spending all your time battling with the controls. 

Hidden Through Time makes it extremely easy, and you’re able to jump right into the gameplay without having to think about what you’ll click first or what you’ll have to do to figure out the map

For gameplay, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Hidden Through Time
Courtesy of Steam

5 - Context


Hidden Through Time fits perfectly into the category of hidden object games that are so artfully created, they’re a step above their genre. If you’re looking for a comparable game, Hidden Folks from Adriaan de Jongh is very similar to Hidden Through Time. Although I would say Hidden Through Time lends itself even more to games reminiscent of iSpy because of the style of the maps, which is juvenile and artful in all the best ways. Overall, while Hidden Through Time fits perfectly into its zone in the gaming world, you could also say it’s kind of carved out its own exceptionally unique space. 

For context, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars. 

Hidden Through Time
Courtesy of Steam


Overall, I love this game. It has all the attributes of a really great hidden object adventure, and it has some detailed, artful touches that really drive it home. If you’re looking for your next great adventure of a game, you don’t need to look further than Hidden Through Time

Overall, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars. 

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