Anybody who’s owned a cat can inform you that they’re disguise and search champions, placing Waldo and Carmen Sandiego to disgrace. I as soon as had a good friend who did cat sitting, and the one motive he knew the (indoor) cat was nonetheless within the neighborhood was the meals dish was often emptied. Aside from that, he didn’t see a paw or a tail the entire time he was there. It’s with the information that cats are superior ninjas of stealth that I dove into Hidden Paws, the 3D search and discover recreation by Manic Hyena.
The sport’s tagline is “It’s winter and cats are nonetheless outdoors. Chilly and alone. Discover them and convey them residence.” How may anybody say no to that? And that’s the total story of Hidden Paws. No sophisticated plot and no distraught cat homeowners, simply you and a number of other ranges of wintery wonderland goodness discovering kitties. This additionally means there aren’t any actual characters within the recreation, however seeing as there are dozens of cute cats that you simply routinely love as a result of they’re cats, the character motivation was not wanted.
Hidden Paws makes use of a quite simple, blocky artwork model, with few sophisticated textures. It’s nearly minimalistic for a 3D recreation, and it really works properly for a search and discover setup. Extra textures and shapes would actually make the sport way more troublesome than it’s, or than it must be. The sport was laborious at factors, however I wasn’t ever sitting round tearing my hair out in frustration. For a recreation meant to be enjoyable and enjoyable, that’s a particular good factor.
The winter environment and delicate Christmas themes have been a pleasant change of tempo within the scorching climate, although the sport had a pleasant, cozy feeling that it carried all through all the degrees. Different highlights included penguins, a lighthouse and extra snowmen than you can shake a stick at. The sport additionally has you search for yarn balls for the cats in each stage, including a pleasant additional problem for these searching for somewhat one thing additional.
My solely criticism about Hidden Paws is that the digicam controls took some getting used to. They aren’t really that troublesome, however enjoying with a mouse is the popular strategy to go, and it turned one thing of a nuisance to attempt to use the trackpad on my laptop computer. As soon as you determine easy methods to make the digicam controls work in your model of looking, it turns into a lot simpler.
Hidden Paws takes a number of hours to play by means of, and it’s a pleasant diversion. There may be replay worth, in the event you neglect the place the cats are within the ranges, which is definitely fairly straightforward to do seeing as there are such a lot of of them, each ranges and cats. There’s 120 cats to search out throughout 16 ranges, plus extra yarn balls than I managed to maintain monitor of. So, what are you ready for? There’s chilly kitties on the market that want you!
TechRaptor performed Hidden Paws on PC with a duplicate bought by the reviewer.