Hello Neighbor is one of those games you believe you figured out from the announcements. A game’s publisher tinyBuild released several trailers which made me believe that this will bean a combo of Fright Night and Rear Window movies. However, the story took a completely different turn and left me quite baffled.
Developed by Dynamic Pixels and published in 2017 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One, Hello Neighbor drew quite an attention to itself. The plot revolves around a new kid on the block who starts being fascinated by the neighbors mysterious house. Believing that his neighbor hides a dark secret in his basement, the kid decides to break in and investigate. Of course, it’s not an easy task to enter the basement and you will have to solve a handful of puzzles to get in there, not to mention hide and escape the neighbor who’s right on your heels.
The game proved to be quite different than the movies I mentioned, although the elements of the hide and seek aspects of the horror genre are still there. But that is all and everything else that would make this game more compelling is simply not available, like a deeper story for example. The end left us with more questions than answers and it felt as though the game wasn’t finished.
Maybe that is where the upcoming multiplayer add-on fits in planned for later this year. Based on the announcement, Secret Neighbor will allow up to 8 players per match who have to sneak into the neighbors house. The plot will take place between Act 1 and 2 of the main game.
However, the twist is that one of the players is the neighbor disguised as a boy and his task is to sabotage all efforts by other boys to enter the basement. The true horror here is that you will play in a team with people you can’t trust but yet must rely on to finish the task. You can sign up for the alpha version on the official site of the add-on while more details are yet to come as the release date draws near.
While Act 1 and 2 of the main game offer a relatively clear story, it’s the Act 3 that causes too many confusions. Maybe the next add-on will include some clarifications of that part or developer is working on an expansion pack, we will see. Though, if they want to pull out the game from the storyline mess they left, and earn themselves some positive reviews, an expansion pack or sequel is an excellent idea.
On the other hand, if you can neglect many inconsistencies of the game, Hello Neighbor is fun and will get your adrenaline flowing. I have to admit that I got spooked several times by the creepy neighbor and had to start from the beginning after he caught me. When it comes to Secret Neighbor, it will certainly bring a different type of horror, at least for those who end up playing the kids. But this nightmarish scenario promises to be more scary and interesting to play, although the promising story gives us hope that future Hello Neighbor games might be better and more challenging.