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  • Summary: Blending the best elements of movies and games, this story-based adventure drops you into a tale rife with chilling moral dilemmas.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 45
  2. Negative: 2 out of 45
  1. Jan 11, 2018
    91
    As I said up top, there are certainly reasons to be wary of Hidden Agenda. It’s hard not to search a crime scene for clues with your unresponsive PlayLink app and come away wishing that you were just using a plain controller. But that’s more than outweighed by the fact that the game also does a better job of capturing what makes mystery novels so compelling than nearly anything else I’ve ever played. Hidden Agenda may not be perfect, but it knows how to keep you hooked right to the very end.
  2. Nov 21, 2017
    80
    Hidden Agenda is a great thriller, where players are determined to determine the outcome of the story.
  3. Dec 28, 2017
    75
    Hidden Agenda is a couch co-op adventure game played with a smartphone. It has some narrative issues, but was still fun to play with friends.
  4. Oct 31, 2017
    65
    Technical hurdles can be frustrating to overcome, and there’s very little replay value with the same group of people, but if you regularly host friends and family, even those who don’t play games much, Hidden Agenda makes for a surprising and enjoyable evening.
  5. Nov 28, 2017
    65
    As an interactive movie, you could do a lot worse than Hidden Agenda. However, technical issues and a number of unsatisfying endings are flaws that deserve to be mentioned.
  6. Nov 23, 2017
    60
    With a huge web of choices to make and an enjoyable competitive mode to boot, there’s a lot to like in this crime analysis. Hidden Agenda proves that the PlayLink initiative can be taken advantage of in more than just casual party games, but this particular outing doesn’t quite realise its full potential. This investigation is absolutely one worth experiencing, but one too many caveats with the app itself holds things back from greatness.
  7. Oct 27, 2017
    40
    In single-player or multiplayer, Hidden Agenda is a game in which winning almost always feels like losing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. Oct 26, 2017
    10
    I must praise this game despite the clunky mobile controls and underwhelming graphics. The player is given many options that aren't alwaysI must praise this game despite the clunky mobile controls and underwhelming graphics. The player is given many options that aren't always readily apparent which is best course to match the ultimate ending you may be trying to achieve. The diverging stories seem to be way more numerous than Until Dawn. Some story lines feel more fleshed out than others and some jumps from scene to scene feel more or less natural than a full price game should feel which sometimes feel as characters make radical jumps in logic that won't be clear till a 2nd or 3rd play but with 2 plays as of this review their are radically different directions the story may go. This is a highly entertaining narrative while not the most original plot... I have to question why the devs didn't make this a full length game as it would have been labeled best of the year however the short length is sure to keep this title from getting the AAA attention it deserves. Expand
  2. Nov 29, 2017
    10
    I have played many games in this genre (cinematic/choice driven games) and Hidden Agenda does the best job out of any game with story layoutI have played many games in this genre (cinematic/choice driven games) and Hidden Agenda does the best job out of any game with story layout and choices. The details and the small dialogue options really matter, not in stupid, unforeseen ways but in ways that actually make sense. It was innovative and genius to add a cooperative or competitive element to this type of game play and I really hope we see more of this in the future. Hidden Agenda really brings a social element into play by asking teammates to pick: "who is the most observant among you?" and then forcing that person to make a decision alone that hinges upon how observant they actually are. On the first playthrough, the story may seem rushed at times, but this is something you are grateful for on subsequent playthroughs. The story sticks to what is necessary for the plot and really cuts down on any narrative overtones or bridges. Despite this, they do a good job at creating some pretty fleshed out characters in such a short time.
    The graphics, length (about 1.5 hours per play through with high replay-ability), and audio weren't phenomenal compared to other similar titles, but they far exceeded my expectations at a 20 dollar price.
    Overall, Hidden Agenda is a great game to play with friends and family regardless of whether or not they are gamers. I believe anyone would enjoy this game. The game is also fun to play alone, but it looses several of it's most interesting mechanics so I certainly recommend playing it with others.
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  3. Dec 9, 2017
    9
    It's fun, obviously meant to be played with friends. Arguing about the choices and tricking others is much more fun than the actual gameplay,It's fun, obviously meant to be played with friends. Arguing about the choices and tricking others is much more fun than the actual gameplay, and clearly the game is built that way. Finally, party games are coming back! Expand
  4. Mar 5, 2018
    7
    Graphics: 7.2 Sound: 8.0 Gameplay: 6.5 Fun/Story: 8.5

    A different approuch that some may call it a playable movie. I like the concept
    Graphics: 7.2 Sound: 8.0 Gameplay: 6.5 Fun/Story: 8.5

    A different approuch that some may call it a playable movie. I like the concept despite the lack of interactivity despite its very good plot.
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  5. Jul 1, 2020
    6
    I played this one expecting some more experience like Until Dawn (even though I wasn't amazed by that one) but it didn't meet my expectations.I played this one expecting some more experience like Until Dawn (even though I wasn't amazed by that one) but it didn't meet my expectations. Just like Until Dawn, it looks really good, I would even say that character faces have far too much makeup, which was the case with Until Dawn. Every character is so polished that everyone in the game has that “beautiful” baby-face, which to my eyes isn't so beautiful thing to see.

    In any case, the game really looks like an interactive movie, you make your own choices that decide which way the story goes. The story, however, feels very short and incomplete. If feels like a part of some movie. You jump in in a middle of a police murder case and play until the case is solved. How the case is solved depends on the choices you make while playing. You will probably need around one and a half hour to complete the game. I have played many short games that felt totally complete and were an unbelievable experience (such as Journey), but I couldn't say the same thing for Hidden Agenda. You do not learn almost anything about any of the characters, there's nothing to really dig in to here.

    It is worth mentioning that you need to install Hidden Agenda app on your smartphone in order to play the game. PS4 controller cannot be used at all. You can also play the game together with your friends. Each of you can take the fate of one story character, which might be more interesting experience.
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  6. Sep 8, 2018
    5
    Hidden Agenda is one of the new PlayLink released by Sony. PlayLink is Sony’s attempt at Jackbox games where instead of a controller, you useHidden Agenda is one of the new PlayLink released by Sony. PlayLink is Sony’s attempt at Jackbox games where instead of a controller, you use a smartphone. Its meant to be more inclusive and something you bring out for parties or get-togethers. Not everyone has 4+ controllers (hell I only have 1 working controller) but this way everyone can play as long as they have a smart phone or even a tablet. You just download the app on your phone and everyone can play the game.

    In this particular game, it’s an adventure game a lot like a Telltale Game where you have a couple choices in a dialogue. Often times it will be an option of, do you want to come off as annoyed or apologetic, do you want to come off as cynical or optimistic, calm or frustrated. Everyone votes and its simply popular vote wins. If there is an even amount of people and the votes are split, the game will not advance until there is a majority vote. So it does encourage you to talk to friends which can be fun sometimes.

    The game’s story started out interesting, it’s about rehashing an old case and trying to determine whether a person who is on death is an actual murderer. As the game progresses, the story feels like a CSI episode at best. There are a lot of plot hole and liberties taken that don’t make a lot of sense but overall it’s an okay crime-solving story. I do want to mention the ending because it was one of the worst endings I have ever encountered in any medium. There are multiple ending and the one I got, the game just ended. The game had just reached its narrative climax, something happened and then the game ended. From climax to end was maybe 5-10 seconds. I felt cheated and it fowled an overall pleasant experience. I do want to try and play this game again but I can’t do it right now. Maybe in a few months, I’ll try it again.

    The game comes off as feeling very average, its an average story, gameplay wise its like Telltale and Jackbox got together and created this game. The difference is, Telltale is better at telling stories. It’s not a terrible game and it looks nice but it looks too nice. Uncanny Valley when describing this game, I found myself looking at the characters eyes and teeth far more often than I probably should have.
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  7. Apr 3, 2018
    0
    I don't really know what is wrong with Supermassive. After until dawn or even rush of blood, impatient and hidden agenda are by far theirI don't really know what is wrong with Supermassive. After until dawn or even rush of blood, impatient and hidden agenda are by far their worst releases ever.
    So here's playlink. And Supermassive thought dragging our cursor would be a nice idea. They didnt have enough iq to imitate the knowledge is power voting system.
    Plot is a mess, you have many difficulties following it and fully understanding it. Missions against your friends are just a chore, no interest or understanding.
    Anyway, I tried many times to play the game. Every member of my friends was dissatisfied every time we gathered to play.
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