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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 33
  2. Negative: 8 out of 33
  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 26, 2017
    10
    Really enjoyed playing through with other people. That's the key, you need other people to enjoy it to the fullest. It's innovative. The storyReally enjoyed playing through with other people. That's the key, you need other people to enjoy it to the fullest. It's innovative. The story kept us all guessing until the end. Sure, it's terrible compared to a TV show or movie in terms of pacing, plotlines, plotholes and a rushed ending, but the interactivity pulls you along. Expand
  3. Oct 25, 2017
    8
    The animations are superb and the story is very well planned. however, the endings besides the main ending seem very premature and some timesThe animations are superb and the story is very well planned. however, the endings besides the main ending seem very premature and some times the game is over without any sign and many questions remain unanswered. It is very painful that you are unable to continue your story via chapter selection.
    The choices matter a lot and there plenty of dialogs for every choice you make. I have been playing this game for over 7 times and I still see new scenes. The Play-link system is very nice and brings a great joy to the Competitive mode.
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  4. Dec 3, 2022
    6
    This game starts slow the visuals are good the story is different the characters I didn't really care about and the ending was unnecessary
  5. 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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  6. Oct 26, 2020
    5
    Get it on sale. Good game but too short. It's like a movie really. Pretty intriguing but only the first playthrough

    Drops in FPS, textures
    Get it on sale. Good game but too short. It's like a movie really. Pretty intriguing but only the first playthrough

    Drops in FPS, textures loading while ingame makes this game immersion breaking
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  7. Jun 1, 2023
    0
    My score is zero. Because the game requires an app to function. An app that was no longer updated and due to that it is no longer supported byMy score is zero. Because the game requires an app to function. An app that was no longer updated and due to that it is no longer supported by Android on my phone. And they are still selling this game... Without any information about it. They simply don't care. That was one of the biggest "f*ck you" that I ever experienced as a gamer from any corporation that makes games.

    Thank you Supermassive Games. You are as competent as you are innovative. You are very trustworthy. Clearly, I have a problem and not you.

    I will never buy anything from this developer ever again.
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