“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” – Michael Crichton
Hidden Through Time is an adorable, hand-drawn hidden object game with levels set in different historical time periods. Players will uncover hidden objects, but also create and share their own worlds!
Released: 12th March 2020
Price: £2.99 – £6.99
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Switch, PS4, Xbox One
Available on: Steam, GOG, Google Play, App Store, eShop, PlayStation, Microsoft
Unlike some other hidden object games such as A Castle Full of Cats or I commissioned some bees, each level in Hidden Through Time includes a variety of unique objects to find, each with its own specific clue. The main story features a number of levels that progress through different time periods such as Prehistoric, Egyptian and Medieval. The maps are detailed and full with a vast array of structures, props, creatures and characters. Objects are hidden with a range of difficulty but the visuals are clean and the clues are well written making for a satisfying search.
Once the main story is completed players can play a huge selection of online maps, created by other players around the world. These are of mixed quality for obvious reasons but it is easy to search for the best-rated maps and there are some truly impressive examples out there. To enable this, the game also comes with an easy-to-use map editor which is a lot of fun in itself.
If that isn’t enough content, there are also five DLCs available at a cost of around £1.69 each (depending on platform). These are themed and each one contains a number of levels from a particular historical period, such as Viking or Roman. Unlocking the DLC also enables the player to use items from that theme within the map editor.
Narrative and Stying
Hidden Through Time does not feature a lot of narrative elements, though it is possible to infer little stories within levels based on the props, characters and clues. These are depicted in a cute, hand-drawn, simple cartoon art style with bold lines, rounded shapes and soft but vibrant colours. The music is lively and upbeat without feeling erratic, it suits the casual gameplay and adorable visuals very well. Jolly sound effects add an extra layer to the audio, lots of items will make a fun noise when clicked on.
Hidden Through Time is a brilliant example of a hidden object game with an incredible amount of content thanks to the ability the create and share maps online. The map editor adds an extra dimension to the experience as a whole and the charming aesthetics match the relaxed gameplay perfectly. This game has a lot to offer and is a pleasure to play, I highly recommend it to fans of the genre.
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2 thoughts on “Hidden Through Time – Cute Historical Hidden Object Game”
Thanks for the honourable mention! (I commissioned some bees)
And thank you for the lovely bee themed hidden object games! I love looking at all the different artwork and finding those buzzy creatures!