Hidden Folks

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Hidden Folks
Producer(s)Mirthe Venbrux
Designer(s)Adriaan de Jongh
Programmer(s)Aran Koning
Artist(s)Sylvain Tegroeg
Writer(s)Bram van Dijk
Platform(s)iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows, Android
  • iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows
  • 15 February 2017
  • Android
  • 14 December 2017
Genre(s)Hidden object game

Hidden Folks is a hidden object game developed by Adriaan de Jongh and Sylvain Tegroeg. In the game, players are presented with a series of animated, interactive scenes and must find hidden characters, objects, and animals. The game was released for iOS, Android, Linux, macOS, and Windows in February 2017.


Hidden Folks is a wimmelbilderbuch video game in which players are tasked with locating hidden characters, objects, and animals in a series of environments, similar to the British book series Where's Wally?.[1][2] Each scene is animated and composed of monochrome art.[1][3] The majority of objects in the environment can be interacted with by tapping or clicking on them.[3]

Development and release[edit]

Hidden Folks was developed by Dutch indie video game designer Adriaan de Jongh and Dutch artist Sylvain Tegroeg.[4][5] A prototype of the game was created by de Jongh after he saw detailed illustrations during at Tegroeg's graduate art show.[3][6] The two began collaborating in 2014, when Tegroeg noticed and was impressed by how de Jongh had used his art.[3][7] The idea of creating a hidden object game came naturally from Tegroeg's detailed art.[2] All of the game's art was hand-drawn on paper, scanned in to create digital images on a computer, and then layered manually to form the scenes.[3][4] The game was built using the Unity game engine, however de Jongh also built custom tools to specifically handle the process of digitising the hand-drawn art and maintaining detail on mobile devices.[4] Hidden Folks was designed to be a casual and relaxing gaming experience.[2] The game's audio composed of noises made from the developers' mouths.[3]

The game was announced in February 2016.[8] It was released for iOS, Android (operating system), Linux, macOS, and Windows on 15 February 2017.[1][3]


Aggregate score
MetacriticiOS: 83/100[9]
PC: 78/100[10]
Review score
TouchArcadeiOS: 5/5 stars[11]

Polygon ranked the game 41st on their list of the 50 best games of 2017,[12] while The Verge named it one of their 15 Best Games of 2017.[13] It was also nominated for "Best Mobile Game" in IGN's Best of 2017 Awards.[14]


Year Awards Category Result Ref
2017 Golden Joystick Awards Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year Nominated [15]
The Game Awards 2017 Best Mobile Game Nominated [16]
2018 National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Use of Sound, New IP Nominated [17][18]
Game Developers Choice Awards Best Mobile Game Nominated [19][20]


  1. ^ a b c Walker, John (15 February 2017). "Wot I Think: Hidden Folks". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Ewert-Krocker, Nate (15 February 2017). "Hidden Folks is a silly, charming scavenger hunt". Zam. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Matulef, Jeffrey (10 February 2017). "Where's Wally-esque observation game Hidden Folks is coming to Steam and iOS next week". Eurogamer. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Hall, Charlie (22 March 2016). "Hidden Folks is a stylish collaboration between an indie dev and a pen-and-ink artist". Polygon. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  5. ^ Diver, Mike (15 February 2017). "'Hidden Folks' Is a Huffing, Puffing, Handcrafted Take On 'Where's Waldo'". Waypoint. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  6. ^ Franklin-Wallis, Oliver (15 February 2017). "'Hidden Folks' Is a Huffing, Puffing, Handcrafted Take On 'Where's Waldo'". Wired UK. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  7. ^ Walker, John (16 January 2017). "Hidden Folks is bursting with life and completely daft". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  8. ^ O'Connor, Alice (3 February 2016). "Hidden Folks Looks Like Where's Wally? With Fiddling". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Hidden Folks for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Hidden Folks for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  11. ^ Dotson, Carter (20 February 2017). "'Hidden Folks' Review – Seek This Game Out". TouchArcade. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  12. ^ Polygon staff (18 December 2017). "The 50 best games of 2017". Polygon. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  13. ^ Verge staff (15 December 2017). "The 15 best games of 2017". The Verge. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Mobile Game". IGN. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  15. ^ Gaito, Eri (13 November 2017). "Golden Joystick Awards 2017 Nominees". Best in Slot. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  16. ^ Makuch, Eddie (8 December 2017). "The Game Awards 2017 Winners Headlined By Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Game Of The Year". GameSpot. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 9 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Horizon wins 7; Mario GOTY". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  19. ^ Gamasutra staff (5 January 2018). "Breath of the Wild & Horizon Zero Dawn lead GDC 2018 Choice Awards nominees!". Gamasutra. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  20. ^ Makuch, Eddie (22 March 2018). "Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Wins Another Game Of The Year Award". GameSpot. Retrieved 22 March 2018.

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