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Hidden in Plain Sight

Reviewed by on Nov 19, 2011
Screenshot of Hidden in Plain Sight

This is one of the most enjoyable and unique multiplayer games to come out of the XBLIG channel. It forces players to mingle with and behave like the NPCs walking around the screen in order to inconspicuously meet some goal. Depending on what mode you’re playing, this goal could be assassinating the other players, collecting coins, or racing to the finish line. My favorite modes are those that split up players into two teams, where one team consists of snipers trying to figure out who’s an NPC and who’s a human. These matches become incredibly tense (and hilarious) as the non-snipers get closer to winning. But because this is restricted to local multiplayer only, part of the challenge is first figuring out who you are without everyone else noticing. Sometimes, five minutes will go by, and I still don’t know where I am! That doesn’t necessarily ruin the game, though. In the right company, every moment—from the initial confusion to the winning move—is a thrill. So if you have someone to play with, get this. Hidden in Plain Sight makes for a very fun party game.

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  1. avatar
    Ned on Nov 19, 2011
    That does sounds fun. Did you play Assassin's Creed Brotherhood online? I think the developer of this game might have, but that simple idea is sure expanded upon in this game.
  2. avatar
    Clark on Nov 19, 2011
    I never played Brotherhood. I read an interview with this developer, though, where he said the upcoming Spy Party game was his biggest inspiration.
  3. avatar
    Joe on Nov 21, 2011
    It really does sound like someone played Brotherhood multiplayer and wanted to simplify it and make an indie game. I've not played Spy Party or any other game with that type of multiplayer. Local only co-op is kind of a drag though.
  4. avatar
    Adman on Nov 22, 2011
    Hi... I'm the developer of this game, and I promise, I never played Brotherhood. I also never played "This Ship", which is apparently another game in this genre. As has been stated, "Spy Party" was the main inspiration.

    Thanks for the great review! I had a great time making this game, and I really do think people will like it.

    I have lots of free codes to give away, so if you're interested in trying out the full game, drop me an email and I'll hook you up (while supplies last, of course. :)

  5. avatar
    Anonymous on Nov 23, 2011
    Joe, you should apologize and ask for a free code. haha
  6. avatar
    BadgerUltimatum on Nov 4, 2012
    I have seen a review, been recommended by many American Friends and even some of my youtube subscriptions. But In Australia we don't seem to get such a game. IS there some alternate way to get this game that i have overlooked?
  7. avatar
    Clark on Nov 4, 2012
    I don't think the XBLIG channel is available to Australian users. You might be able to create a fake account in another region, or pester the developer to make a PC version. Yeah, do that.
  8. avatar
    Adam Spragg on Nov 5, 2012
    I've actually created a PC version, partly due to Australian rules.

    You can download it from Indievania or IndieCity. Remember, it's still multiplayer only, and still requires Xbox controllers hooked up to your PC.

    Hope that helps!

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