Belgian Game Spotlight - Hidden Through Time
Welcome to a new Belgian Game Spotlight! Last month, we gave our typing fingers a workout as we checked out Nanotale, an adventure for true keyboard warriors! In our January spotlight, we're picking up a magnifying glass and we start looking for tiny people and items in Hidden Through Time.
Hidden Through Time is a game of hide & seek with objects scattered throughout the wonderful history of our world and the player must use cryptic hints to discover every secret as they explore the colourful hand-drawn levels.
The game is made by Rogueside and comes from the same team that brought you the cartoony mafia-themed sidescroller Guns, Gore & Cannoli, back when the studio was still called Crazy Monkey Studios.
Before we continue, perhaps it's wise to first check out the trailer, as to get a better idea of what kind of game we're dealing with:
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The gameplay concept of Hidden Through Time is as basic as it gets: you simply have to find a list of hidden objects and people in a somewhat cluttered but charmingly drawn moment in human history. You can highlight the item you're looking for to get a cryptic hint that will help you pinpoint its location and then you'll have to scan the image to see if you can spot it.
Oftentimes, part of the item will be obscured or hidden inside a building or chest and living creatures will sometimes walk around. It'll take some patience and a trained eye to spot them all, but when you do: it's very rewarding!
The main adventure will take you through various ages, like the prehistoric era, the Egyptian period, the dark ages or the wild west and they're all wonderfully hand-drawn, giving the game a charming presentation. There is no timer and the background music is kind of soothing, making this the perfect game to wind down after a stressful day.
If you're feeling creative you can also make your own version of Where's Waldo, as the game comes with a built-in editor that will allow you to create your own challenges. You can upload them online for others to discover, which means that even if you're done with the default adventure of the game, you can still browse for brand new puzzles provided by other creative minds.
Should you grow tired of looking for the same things over and over, there is the option to expand the number of settings and objects, through two DLC packs with either a Viking or an Edo-Japan theme.
Sounds like this is right up your alley? Then don't dawdle as it's currently discounted by 33% on steam! (at the time of writing)
If you prefer to play the game on a console: you can also find it on the Xbox, Playstation or Nintendo e-stores.
As a treat for making it this far down the article, you can find a custom image below with a few hidden 1UP characters in it. Let's see if you can spot them all :)
Want to keep up-to-date on the game and the studio? Here are a few places you can follow them:
We hope you've enjoyed this feature article and if you're a Belgian game developer yourself, don't be afraid to reach out and maybe we'll spotlight your game next month!