You can really feel the love and care in every pixel of Hidden Folks. It’s essentially Where’s Wally?, but with weird hand-drawn illustrations of a world bursting with life.
Each area of the game gives you a list of people and things to find, plus a pithy series of clues. While searching a camp for Classy Jessy, for example – who wants to escape the sun – you’ll open tents, look beneath bushes and pore over anywhere that provides shelter. To find famous Chef Jordan, you’ll scour a city for a TV station, then raise window blinds to see him cooking inside.
The game’s homemade sound effects are hilarious too, and can genuinely help you uncover those titular folks. Can’t find that monster you’re told is watching everyone from a distance? Scroll around ’til you hear its adorable growls.
You can progress without finding every single target – so it’s perfect for super casual players – but often, you’ll want to hang out a while.
It’s mesmerizing watching all the tiny people mill about, and sometimes your actions trigger surprises: raise a certain garage door to reveal a bunch of speakers and a dance party forms in the driveway. Hidden Folks is full of lovely little jokes like this.
We named Hidden Folks our 2017 iPad Game of the Year because this is one of those rare games that anyone can love, young or old, casual or hardcore. Seek it out now.