Secret Neighbor is a multiplayer spinoff of the famous Hello Neighbor. Now a party of six children enters the house of the Neighbor to find their friend, and he tries to catch them one by one. It delivers completely different gameplay in the same environment, refreshing the whole feel. The game is available on Windows 10 and Xbox One.
The Great Pretender and Six Invaders
The story starts where six children decide to go to the Neighbor’s house. If you play as a child, you can select a class. Be a Scout, a Detective, a Leader, a Bagger, a Brave, or an Inventor – each with special abilities that can help the team to win. Together you need to find the keys hidden throughout the house and unlock the basement door.
The Neighbor is also playable. He is confronting the children, setting traps, teleporting through the house, and even pretending to be one of them (don’t ask how). He can also appear in the Clown image, with a different set of abilities.
The round takes up to 15 minutes. It should be enough for the team to get all the keys… or to get caught one by one. The children can coordinate their behavior with a voice chat, but playing with friends is not as easy as expected. So you will often play along with random players whose language may be unfamiliar to you. That complicates the entire thing. Not nearly as surreal as the origin, Secret Neighbor has got its share of madness in both the story and the gameplay.
Neighbor: Survival Evolved
The story of the Neighbor evolves much like The Nightmare on Elm Street. The antagonist is no more a mysterious creature beyond comprehension. Now it’s a familiar character, a jolly trickster with supernatural abilities, and kids that oppose him are young warriors rather than lambs to the slaughter. So changes the prevailing emotion: it’s excitement and rage rather than suspense and fear.
This alters the whole atmosphere. Though the visuals are familiar, and the story is a sequel of an already told one (Act 1 of Hello Neighbor), the new genre shifts towards cooperative action. No more are you opposing the mystery alone. Ancient gods turn into carnival masks.
Technically the game is made way better than the original. There are almost no bugs (though some details, like matching or inviting, are underworked), and the servers are usually okay. The developers also add new features like the level editor for Steam, new skins, new modding possibilities, constant rebalancing to equalize the chances perfectly, and patches with bug fixes.
Do we recommend Secret Neighbor?
It’s a very decent multiplayer stealth game, with variable tactics and changeable roles. Of course, like any secondary title, it has less to surprise you, and its logic is way more down-to-earth. On the other hand, it’s technically better and more replayable.
- The same iconic setting of Hello Neighbor
- Well-balanced asymmetric multiplayer
- Expressive surreal visuals
- Lets you create your own levels
- Lacks the insanity of the origin
- Matching system is far from perfect