Hidden Folks - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Castle)

Hidden Folks *bling!*> is a hidden object game that’s *whooooosh!*> immensely satisfying to play yourself *thwip!*> but an absolute nightmare for anyone else to listen to *boing!*>

That’s because *pfftttt*> as you may have guessed *thwap!*> every single click results in a *plink!*>, *zip!*> and the occasional *dingalingaling!*> as you poke and prod its giant Where’s Wally canvas (or Waldo, for the yanks out there) to find its errant citizens, fruit, birds and (sometimes) monkeys. All right, I’ll stop with the noises now.

*brrrring!*>

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Hidden Folks - Adriaan
Hey folks.

The release of the new Beach areas and game's release on Nintendo Switch mark the end of the fourth year of making Hidden Folks. Before I started working on Hidden Folks, I had designed a few games and programmed several prototypes, but I had never programmed an entire game. When I met Sylvain and jokingly told him we should make a game together, I did not imagine we would then proceed to spend four whole years making a game to be released on 7 platforms!!

I learned so much from making this game. About game design, playtesting, iterating. About community, fans, communication. About programming, scalable interfaces, different input devices, and localization. About business, marketing, and dealing with (my) mistakes. About finding motivation, or having too much motivation and working overtime because I wanted nothing else. I learned a lot about teamwork, finding the right collaborators, and being a producer as well as a creator. Making Hidden Folks was very hard at times, and wonderful and fulfilling at other times. I am still learning today!

With the Beach areas out and the Nintendo Switch version released, I (and I think the rest of the team) need a break from our adventure. It has become hard for me to think about anything else besides Hidden Folks and that bothers me. I fear I have become boring at parties! For the foreseeable future, I want to take a step back from creating new Hidden Folks content and let my mind drift and linger. Maybe come up with a new game or two, make some prototypes, test some ideas. And, of course, figure out what else I want to get out of making Hidden Folks. I will continue giving support to the game, fixing bugs and whatnot, but there won't be new areas in the foreseeable future. But when the energy returns to me (and the rest of the team), you will hear from us again!

Thank you so much for your continued support, and talk to you soon!

Adriaan
GNOG - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Video games, you may have noticed, are often a little bit horrid. All sorts of naughtiness, and a distinct lack of people just being kind to one another. What are we like?! But fortunately there are games that make an exception to the potty-mouthed meanies that dominate, and today I celebrate them and their cuteness with a collection of lovely screenshots.

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Hidden Folks - Adriaan


The team and I are proud to release an update to Hidden Folks today!! This update includes a Beach DLC that contains 5 beach-themed areas with 60+ more things to find. Watch the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npFg7P14xe4
We also added some of the new sounds from Beach to the mouth sound pack, and we heavily optimised the game to run even smoother on your computer! You can read the full changelog here.

This massive content update was never possible without you, the community, the people who playtested and translated the new areas, and who stuck with all my ramblings on Discord!! We are so grateful for your support and the response and the fact all of you bought the game uugggghhh it means a lot to us you know

QUICKLY some art form the new Beach areas before I get too emotional:







And I just wanted to take one more moment to put the whole team on a pedestal. Sylvain and I were at the heart of Hidden Folks but without the contributions of the rest of the team we could have never made Hidden Folks the game it is today. So... here they are:



You'll hear again from me soon! First I sleep for many days

- Adriaan
Hidden Folks - Adriaan
Hey folks!

Announcement! The new Beach DLC will be out next week, Wednesday October 24th!!



The Beach DLC will have:
- 5 new areas with 60+ things to find.
- a price of around USD 2.99 in your local currency.
- pirates.

* H Y P E *

And as if that's not enough, I'll also update the Mouth Sounds Pack to include the funniest sounds from the Beach areas, some of which in my opinion are the funniest sounds we ever recorded.

* H Y P E H Y P E *

See you next week!!

- Adriaan
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice Bell)

summer sale header

The old quote is wrong: neither death nor taxes are, it seems to me, as terrifyingly certain as the Steam Summer Sale. Yes, once more we can add to the heap that is our backlog by buying games for, what, five quid, on average? But there are so many to choose from that it’s easy to get flustered, so who better than the staff of RPS to hand-pick the best ones for your consideration (rhetorical question; do not answer)?

Check out the full list below for a mix of games that should suit all pockets and tastes.

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ABZU - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

podcast-dadcast

The dadification of games continues. So we re going full Dad this week on the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, as we ve been asked to talk about the games we play with our children.

Alec s daughter is excited by the unlockable characters in Rayman Legends (and she s also strangely fascinated by Battletech). John s son is a bit younger and likes to watch his dad diving in Abzu and Subnautica (but also manages to sneak glimpses of God of War s quiet moments on the TV naughty!). Brendan doesn t have children, only a cat. She can t stand games and thinks they are a waste of time. (more…)

Hidden Folks - Valve
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Hidden Folks - Adriaan
You read that right: multiple new things today!!!

Mouth Sounds Pack
We packed 71 of your favourite mouth sounds together, and you can buy them right here! As long as it's not commercial, you can do whatever the heck you want with these sounds: notifications, ringtones... you name it. The pack includes the much requested Roar03.mp3, Pling01.mp3, Toot04.mp3, and even Klaxon06.mp3!!



Dual-stick controller support
I listened to your feedback and spent a whole month rewriting the input code to support playing the game with a controller! I tested my code with a PS4 controller, an Xbox One controller, and some cheap knock-off controller, and I believe I have covered most dual-stick controllers. That said, I've never added controller support to a game before, so let me know if improvements are needed. I probably can't guarantee support for all controllers, but I'll do my best to support as many as I can.



The City Road
We couldn't let this idea for a small and simple puzzle area for the City theme pass. We know it'll be over too soon and you want more mOre mORE MORE areas, but rest assured: new areas are coming!



Join the Discord community
In full secrecy, I've been talking to the people who've helped us translate the game on Discord for a while now. Today, I'm opening up the chat for other people to join the conversation! I regularly post sneak previews of new areas, talk about design issues, ask for advice on clues, and give out beta access through Discord. It's fun :D Talk to you there?



You said ""new areas""?!
We have some really fun ideas for small puzzle areas in existing themes, which we want to make and release (for free) this year. We have already been working hard on a new theme with 5 areas that will become Hidden Folks' first DLC. There's a preview of that new theme in the game! But don't hold your breath: it's still a lot of work and won't be out in the next couple months. We just couldn't keep it to ourselves, that's all :)

Enjoy the sound pack, controller support, and the new area, and talk to you on discord!
- Adriaan
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