Game Review: Hidden in Plain Sight

Unexpected surprises. Mostly, these are bad: that extra bill you weren’t expecting, that deadline that you didn’t know about, visits from distant relatives. Sometime however, you are lucky enough to get a welcome surprise. I’m happy to say that I had such an experience in the form of a little gaming gem called Hidden in Plain Sight, a wonderful game which is available to download on Xbox live for about 70 pence. The game is also very hard to describe. There are 5 game modes in total; Ninja Party, Catch a Thief, Death Race, Knights Vs. Assassins and Assassins. The game is both incredibly simple and absurdly complex at the same time. Take Death Race (my personal favourite) as an example. Four friends are put in a starting line-up with many other NPC’s. The aim is to make it across the room first without being shot by any of the other players who each have one shot in their sniper rifle. Sounds simple. The catch is that no player starts knowing which character they are. You have to figure it out without giving away that you are a human player. If you are too obvious you will get shot and be taken out of the race. However, you also can’t dawdle. If you don’t make reasonably swift progress someone else will cross the finishing line first and you will lose. Having only one shot means that you have to be so careful to make sure that you take out a human player to give yourself a lesser chance of being shot or beaten to the line. All characters have the same top speed to if someone else is ahead of you and no-one has a shot left you are doomed. You have to simultaneously figure out who you are, who else is a human player, try to remain inconspicuous but still race and shoot other players. The complexity of the game is amazing, but because each game lasts for less than 2 minutes it still feels like frantic multi-player action. All of the game modes focus on tactics, misdirection, stealth and observance to a certain degree. This game, with four people playing, is so entertaining that hours will literally fly by as you explore all of the different game modes and is guaranteed to have people jumping around in their seats and screaming as they get shot/stabbed by a knight, punched by a ninja just millimetres away from victory. This is definitely one of those games which turns out to be an unexpectedly amazing multi-player experience and is all the better for being such a surprise. I know I haven’t done the game justice in my description, therefore I urge everyone to go and download this game. It’s less than a pound and I guarantee that you won’t regret it. This is definitely one of the best indie arcade games to have been released in a long time. So invite three friends over, download the game, and watch how your entire evening is swallowed up by this absolute gem of a game.Image