Object Hunt is a hide-and-seek game for Android and iOS smartphones. However, there’s a twist to the premise. Those in hiding transform into props to disguise themselves, while the seeker sniffs out the environment for the people-turned-objects. It can create an excellent virtual party.
A simple premise
This little title by Kwalee draws inspiration from the famous spin-off game Prop Hunt. It also resembles Hide.io but manages to distinguish itself from the competitors with its hiding approach by shifts players into objects.
If you move, the seeker will notice, grab, and throw you out for the round. While you’re the Hunter, you have to keep your eyes open for anything that seems out of the ordinary, jumping at any sign of movement.
Object Hunt comes with easy-to-grasp mechanics. Every round starts with six players (you and AI-controlled extras) in a circle. One person randomly becomes the Hunter, and the rest have 15 seconds to run away to safety.
Your hiding spot depends on what you become. If you’re a toilet seat, you’ll naturally rush to the bathroom. Once you’re all set as a hidden object, you can’t move anymore. The Hunter will walk around, trying to find living props.
After each level, you get coin awards, which you can use to increase hiding time for future rounds. However, since the game runs rather quickly and the homes don’t change much, there’s not a lot of sense of progression.
Replayability & issues
Unless you’re playing with friends, Object Hunt isn’t that replayable. You can’t shift strategies too often, as your success depends solely on rooms and the props you become. The rounds are too quick to appreciate any design changes.
Other than that, it runs smoothly, and the goofy graphics add some charm to the entire gameplay experience. However, you’ll have to view many ads though, which breaks the effect of quick, snappy rounds.
Could be better
Overall, while the premise is interesting, Object Hunt needs better execution to become a great hide-and-seek game. The rounds should be longer, the AI-Seeker more intelligent, and the ads shorter. While it’ll give you a thrill for a while, there are better alternatives for mindless fun with friends.