It’s a challenge, if not impossible, to play through Hidden Through Time 2: Myths and Magic without a smirk on your face. This cutesy seek-and-find sequel is utterly charming, and as you click around each map, interacting with people and objects, snooping inside refrigerators and treasure chests, there’ll always be something to make you grin.
That’s providing you enjoy hunting out hidden objects, of course. Like its predecessor, Hidden Through Time 2 is all about seeking out various objects in environments that get bigger as you progress. You have descriptive clues to help, but they’re not always much use. Often, it’s down to you, your keen eye, and the patience to scour every inch of a sprawling environment. Whether or not you find that fun is going to be entirely your call. Hey, we’re not judging.
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This isn’t like other hidden object games where you’ll also get various puzzles to keep things interesting. This is all about finding stuff. It helps that each environment – split into four themes: Magical 80s, 1001 Nights, Greek Mythology and The Middle Ages – has been brilliantly designed, and each map is absolutely oozing with charm. A great deal of detail has been poured into each area, and you’ll find lots of tiny stories playing out if you pay attention. A frog princess waiting to be wooed by her froggy lover. A tired actress hiding in the boot of her car. A mouse snacking on a dropped ice cream.
In each of the four “worlds”, there are eight levels to complete. These start out rather small and get bigger as you progress, with more ground to search and more items to find. Along with a full inventory of items to seek out, there’s also a hidden object in each area, too. If you want to discover everything that Hidden Through Time 2 has to throw at you, you’re going to want to find everything.
We called its whimsical art style a “delight”, and that it’s a “lovely, relaxing way to spend some time”. If hunting for stuff is for you, get the first Hidden Through Time game on PC for just £2.27 or your local equivalent – that’s 62% off. Bargain!
If you’ve played the first Hidden Through Time, you’ll be able to hit the ground running with its sequel: this is very much a continuation, offering more of the same but with new environments and new, lovely artwork. There’s one additional feature to keep things interesting, however: a “reality shift”. Most locations have more than one “reality”, and you’ll need to push a button to search through all realities. Perhaps it’s raining in one, but sunny in the other. Or maybe you’ll have to search through night and day.
It’s a neat little touch, made better by the fact that you’ll know which reality you can find each item in. Sometimes it’s both, but sometimes it’s one specific reality. A little icon above each object you have to find will point you in the right direction.
Outside of the developer-made levels, you’ll find Architect mode, which lets you create your own, as well as a seemingly endless amount of online levels. Anyone can create their own level and upload it online for others to play. As you’d expect, these are a mixed bag, but some are surprisingly well-made. We’re not convinced that Architect mode will be for everyone, but it’s a nice feature that some players are going to get a kick out of. And just about everyone will appreciate having all those extra user-created levels to jump into.
If you enjoy seeking and finding, you’ll get a big kick out of playing Hidden Through Time 2: Myths and Magic. With more than 30 beautifully designed environments, there’s plenty to keep you searching – and when you’ve had enough, you can try your hand at making your own levels. Sure, it’s not going to be for everyone, but if hunting out objects is your jam, there are several hours of fun to be had here.