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Some forms of play are timeless. Running around with a stick pretending to be in the army. Chasing each other in games of tag. And, of course, hide and seek. The games in this list offer digital ways to play hide and seek with a variety of different twists.Hide In A Crowd: There are games like Spy Party, Thief Town, Hidden in Plain Sight and Buissons, that let you play as a range of characters and then challenge another player to find you amongst a computer-controlled crowd, from what way you move and interact. The Fruit game in Game & Wario on Wii U has the same mechanics, with one person trying to steal fruit without the other players working out who they are. Wii Party offers hiding in its Spot the Sneak mode where one player has a secret advantage in the mini-games that the other players have to spot. Another great example is Wii U Party, Lost and Found Square mode. One player stands in a crowd of identical people and uses the Wii U gamepad to look around and describe their location to other players, who use the TV to explore and find them. At the end, you see a map of where the players had run. Prop Hunt: There are games with "Prop Hunt" modes where you can change into the items in the world to hide. Fortnite has a great Prop Hunt mode, as does Minecraft. Then there are games like Witch It designed around this idea of transforming into normal items and hiding in a game world. Separate Screens: There games like Mario Chase and Luigi's Ghosthouse in Nintendoland, or Pac-Man Vs where one person has their own screen while the others team up to hunt for them use the main TV screen. Or games you play online where everyone has their own screen and try to hide from a particular character like in Secret Neighbor. Screencheat is a twist on this, where you share the same screen and try to shoot each other, but your characters are invisible.Hidden Objects: Or there are hidden object games where the computer hides things that you have to find, like Hidden Folks and Hidden Through Time. There's a hidden object mode in Super Mario Odyssey where you hunt online player's hidden balloons. A twist on this is Here Kitty where one person hides a phone that then makes cat noises until the seeker has found it.Open World Hiding: You can use pretty much any open-world game to make your own hiding fun. You can hide in Minecraft (having turned nameplates off), sneak around on public transport in or simply count to 10 while visitors hide in Animal Crossing New Horizons. This list includes 79 games from the last 21 years, with 3,558 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to hide and seek.
Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their spaceship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real-time the impostor...
Release Date: 25/04/2020
Out Now: Switch
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a role-play collecting game where you live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game...
Release Date: 30/07/2019, updated in 2022
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Day and Night, Hand-Made and Open World
Sneaky Sasquatch is an adventure game where you sneak around in campsites and try to find food from coolers and picnic baskets without getting caught. From this simple premise grows a game with endless ways to play and explore its open world: race, play...
Release Date: 08/12/2017
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Hello Neighbor is a stealth survival game with a horror feel where you try and sneak into the basement of your neighbour’s house to uncover a "horrible secret". The game responds to your strategy by setting traps along paths the player followed in...
Release Date: 27/10/2017
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Super Mario Odyssey is a running and jumping game in the long-running Mario series where you save Princess Peach from Bowser. While it's a familiar setup, here you explore vast open worlds and use your hat to help you get around, fight, and even possess...
Release Date: 30/11/2012
Out Now: Wii U
Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person
Nintendo Land is a collection of Nintendo games that was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen...
Release Date: 13/08/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
Boomerang Fu is a fighting game where you control small food-like characters. Using your boomerang the aim is to slice the other players with ranged or melee attacks. You can use a large range of power-ups such as explosive boomerangs, disguises and...
Release Date: 16/07/2014, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Hidden in Plain Sight is a unique battle that requires keen observation rather than quick reflexes. Up to four players fight to protect or assassinate the king, catch a thief or race across the screen without being stopped. The twist is that you each...
Release Date: 27/04/2017
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Under Leaves is a puzzle game where you search for colour-filled hidden objects in scenes made of flora and fauna. Each one is a hand-drawn watercolour illustration and is accompanied by a soothing soundscape. It's a game about observation and attention...
Release Date: 26/09/2014
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Thief Town is a stealth traversal game where you play in a crowd of identical characters. You must first work out which one you are and then spot the other human players to attack them. Get it wrong and all you do is reveal yourself.
Release Date: 21/03/2023
Out Now: PC, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Deceive Inc is an online stealth traversal game where you are a spy trying to get into the vault to steal an artefact. The twist is that everyone can disguise themselves as different agents to blend in with the computer-controlled characters. It stands...
Release Date: 09/12/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC and Switch
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
Dragon Quest Treasures is a lighthearted and more approachable version of the popular Dragon Quest role-play games. Along with the exploration, light battles and resource collection is a central monster-hunting hide-and-seek challenge where you get...
Release Date: 19/07/2023
Out Now: PC
Components: 2D Overhead, Board, Cards, Cartoon and Grid
Let's Revolution is a puzzle adventure where you work to stop a narcissistic King from ruining your world. Play is like Mine Sweeper where you get numerical clues on one tile about what's on its neighbours. Here though, you use this information for...
Release Date: 01/11/2022
Out Now: PC, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Day and Night and Weather
Lonesome Village is a simple dungeon adventure that also simulates life in a cosy mysterious village. You play by exploring, collecting and talking to the other villagers, before heading to solve the puzzles of the adventure. It's a combat-free...
Release Date: 07/03/2024
Coming Soon: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Hand-Made and Open World
Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley is a musical adventure game where you restore the harmony of Moomin Valley from grotesque parks. It's the variety of play and the beloved characters that make this game a great experience for small (and not-so-small) kids.
Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Fortnite is an online multiplayer shooting game where 100 people compete to be the last player standing. You stealthily traverse the world to collect weapons, out-maneuvering and out-gunning your opponents, while a storm gradually shrinks the playable...
Release Date: 17/11/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Bluey: The Videogame is a super-simple treasure hunt adventure with characters and locations from the show. You play by exploring familiar places like Heeler House, Playgrounds, and the Creek to collect stickers, unlock outfits and find secrets. It...
Release Date: 01/08/2017
Out Now: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Jailbreak is a popular Roblox game about escaping prison and getting away with various crimes. Based on the popular Prison Life and Madcity Roblox games, but adds a large open world in which you could drive vehicles, earn weapons and rob various...
Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Minecraft is an open-world adventure where you collect, craft and construct structures and items. Play involves exploring the world to find resources and good locations to build. Some of the best aspects of the game are less well known; along with the...
Release Date: 19/01/2017, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
BedWars is a game played on Minecraft (since 2017) or Roblox servers (since 2021). It's a team game where you start on an island and must protect your bed and build bridges to attack other teams' beds. The trick is the ecosystem of items and crafting...
Release Date: 24/11/2017, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, PC and iOS
Granny is a horror adventure game where you are locked in a house by a creepy grandma. You wake up in a dark room and have to carefully work your way through the house to escape without being caught. It's noted for the tense gameplay and jump scares.
Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013
Out Now: Switch, Wii and Wii U
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Dice
Mario Party is an interactive board game. Players roll dice to move around a board and then compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw again or earn points. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...
Release Date: 14/06/2016, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Dead by Daylight is a survival horror game where one player takes on the role of a killer and another other four try and work together to survive. It's unusual because of this asynchronous play and its cross-over with different franchise-inspired themes.
Release Date: 12/03/2020, updated in 2022
Hidden Through Time is a spot the item game that also takes you on a journey through different time periods. You are tasked with finding specific items and must zoom, interact and uncover things to find each one.
Release Date: 30/04/2021
Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon
New Pokemon Snap is the latest in the series of Pokemon Snap games. It's a puzzle safari where you are guided through the natural world of Pokemon creatures to take pictures of them in the wild. The aim is to time your photos to capture them in specific...
Release Date: 15/02/2017
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Hidden Folks tasks you with exploring hand-drawn worlds to find particular people. It’s simple enough for youngsters to control but complex enough to keep parents and carers involved too.
Release Date: 12/10/2021, updated in 2022
Poppy Playtime is a horror puzzle adventure game where you are pursued by vengeful toys in an abandoned factory. Amidst the disturbing music and jump scares you hack electrical circuits and collect useful items. Along with the unusual horror setting,...
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Kill It With Fire is a fighting game where you kill spiders. Lifting objects, looking under things and generally exploring the houses means you find spiders. The challenge is then to kill them with increasingly ridiculous weapons.
Release Date: 29/07/2020, updated in 2021
Wind Peaks is a puzzle game where you find hidden objects by clicking on objects. It's similar to the Where’s Wally books, but offers an ongoing narrative about children searching for treasure in a forest and campsite.
Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii
Components: 2D Side-On
Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac-Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...
Release Date: 05/09/2019
Out Now: Android and iOS
June's Journey is a puzzle game where you search for objects hidden amongst the scenery that help you solve a murder. You play as June, a 1920s detective investigating the recent murder of her sister and her husband. Finding objects quickly enough earns...
Release Date: 23/01/2016
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Screencheat pits four players against each other in a shooting battle on one system but keeps the violence low by making the players invisible. You win by peeking at other players’ portion of the screen to figure out where they are as you hunt them...
Release Date: 22/10/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Witch It is a game where you play a witch or a hunter. The witches run and hide in the village and can turn into everyday items. Transforming into these props in such a way as they look like part of the world is key to hiding. Observing the placement...
Release Date: 12/06/2021
Components: 3D First-Person, Hand-Made and Open World
Beasts of Maravilla Island is an adventure game where you play an aspiring wildlife photographer. You play Marina who explores the hidden, magic jungles of Maravilla Island. Follow the sights and sounds of the place, you solve puzzles to discover...
Release Date: 18/01/2022
Ever Seen A Cat? is a hidden object puzzle game where you are trying to spot monochrome cats in different scenes. It's simple enough for players of any age to enjoy it but has some randomisation of the levels so you need to play multiple times to get...
Release Date: 13/11/2014, updated in 2018
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Toadette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the...
Release Date: 27/04/2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch
Mail Time is a running and jumping adventure where you play a novice Mail Scout on their first delivery. With only a name to identify the recipient, you explore the wild Grumblewood Grove, helping the animal inhabitants in exchange for clues. While the...
Release Date: 20/01/2022, updated in 2023
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Pupperazzi is an adventure game where you explore an island to find and photograph all manner of canine friends. You interact with the world, climb, skate and explore to get the perfect angle on the perfect pup. It starts as a silly challenge but turns...
Release Date: 24/06/2020
Ninjala is an online action battle game where you play colourful gum-chewing ninjas who compete in futuristic tournaments.
Release Date: 12/04/2018
Spy Party is a one-versus-one game about observing behaviour. One player is a spy at a party among many computer-controlled guests, with a list of missions. The other player is a sniper who must spot the human-controlled spy by watching the way they are...