SECRET NEIGHBOR BETA
Figure it out yourself.
HANDS ON PREVIEW
By JAY TEE
CLASS SYSTEM -
DISCOVER THE TRUTH -
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Secret Neighbor is a multiplayer social horror title, which challenges you to break in to the infamous Neighbor’s basement from the original indie hit. The twist here is that one member in your team of six is secretly selected to play as the Neighbor in disguise. While the children frantically search for randomly placed keys and gather whatever they can to defend themselves, the title character (player controlled for the first time) has to grab and disintegrate them one by one. Collaboration with caution is key, and you’ll quickly find yourself immersed thanks to proximity voice chat, strong sound design, and the oppressively unsettling mansion itself. There’s still work to be done; animation and visuals both need polishing, and the lack of viewable controls means you’ll be flapping around in the dark longer than necessary. But at this stage, Secret Neighbor is off to a great start.
THE BACKSTORY -
CUSTOMISATION IS KEY -
OPEN IT UP -
Don’t be fooled by the festive cheer. This game is creepy.
LOAD TIMES ARE A WINNER -
CUSTOMISE THE LOT -
THE BASICS -
DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT -
THE CURRENT WORD
Secret Neighbor still needs some spit and polish, but the core idea is brilliant, and delivers an effective, creepy multiplayer experience.
*Beta Access on PC, with a copy provided by tinyBuild*
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