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10.01.2016

Hello Neighbor: What Horrors are in Your Basement

     Someone who knows of my great appreciation for the highly underrated Tom Hanks dark comedy classic The 'Burbs sent me a link to this wonderfully creepy game with a similar premise.  Hello Neighbor is about spying on whatever awful secretive thing your neighbor is hiding in his basement.  Is it a dead body?  A monster?  A little girl's porcelain knick-knack collection?


     The gameplay is a first-person stealth horror game.  Not made up of merely cheap jump scares, but true atmospheric horror.  This will be due to the AI of the neighbor himself.  He isn't a stupid AI, he'll learn from what you've been doing- the more you play, the smarter he gets.  
     As developer Dynamic Pixels and publisher tinyBuild say on the official Steam page, "You play against an advanced AI that learns from your every move. Really enjoying climbing through that backyard window? Expect a bear trap there. Sneaking through the front door? There'll be cameras there soon. Trying to escape? The Neighbor will find a shortcut and catch you."

     The sound, lighting, and art design all seem to add to the effect of making this idyllic suburban neighborhood seem quite ominous.  This is definitely a game to keep your eye on.  It'll require a lot of strategy and cleverness to outwit the neighbor to find what he's so desperately trying to keep hidden in his basement.

     The game is set for release in summer 2017.

     To sign up for the [ Alpha ]

     Hello Neighbor on [ Steam ]

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