Friday, March 24, 2023

Free Point-and-Click Adventure Review: Homestar Runner - Halloween Hide & Seek

For Halloween 2021, a free Homestar Runner point-and-click adventure was released into the world called Halloween Hide & Seek.

The game follows the setup of early Homestar Runner Halloween cartoons, except this time it's playable. Homestar Runner travels across Free Country USA searching for the residents, including the King of Town, the Poopsmith, Homsar, Marzipan, Coach Z, Pom Pom, Bubs, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Strong Mad, and Strong Bad. They are all wearing costumes based on classic adventure games, and they are all hiding until Homestar finds them all.

It has a simple one-click interface with a non-combinable inventory. However, it's still a lot of fun. Homestar interacts with the characters when he finds them, and sometimes he even can use a dialog tree with funny questions to get funny answers in return.

It's just a short and sweet little experience, which should be expected since the longest Halloween Homestar Runner cartoon, Halloween Potion-ma-jig, was only fourteen and a half minutes long, counting all of the available paths. Once all eleven people have been found, like most of the Halloween toons, running the cursor over a person reveals their costume character. Clicking on characters prompts Homestar to guess their costume, which is always funnily wrong.

There is also a bonus quest with ten actions that will get you an 'X marks the spot' location with a surprise.

Homestar Runner: Halloween Hide & Seek is a fun short point-and-click adventure made by people that clearly love point-and-click adventures. There are tons of references to adventure game classics through dialog, puzzles, and characters. The game was created in Unity and can be played for free from your browser, but a fully-voiced talkie version is also available as a two-dollar download for Windows and macOS. If you're a fan of classic point-and-click adventures, it's well worth a play.

Final Verdict:
4 out of 5

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