Following up on The Talos Principle, splendid first-person puzzler by Croteam, Epic Games Store's freebie of the day is Hello Neighbor, a survival stealth game by Dynamic Pixels and TinyBuild, where you get to be the nosiest neighbour ever.
Of course, depending on your life experiences or your place of residence, the behaviour you'll see in Hello Neighbor may not be that strange. In fact, it might even be the norm, but wherever you're from, you'll agree that neighbours can be a strange bunch.
The official blurb reads, "Hello Neighbor is a Stealth Horror Game about sneaking into your neighbor's house and figuring out what he's hiding in the basement. Play against an advanced AI that learns from your actions."
In practice, Hello Neighbor has you as the righteous nosy Nancy, whose sole purpose is uncovering the secret hidden in your neighbour's basement. His paranoid behaviour is totally a reason and justification to do so, but it won't be as easy as you think.
Hello Neighbor's AI will be countering your moves every step of the way, and if whatever your preferred ways of sneaking in are - you'll find that the AI is ready for them the next time around. That's not to say that it's perfect, because you'll occasionally find that you can cheese your way through some situations, but it's challenging enough most of the time.
When it comes to Hello Neighbor's critical reception, this one is a bit difficult to sift through, because sharp and frequent turns during development left their mark on review scores. Metacritic, for instance, rates it at mere 38, but Steam is far more generous, rating it at Mostly Positive.
Whether you believe reviewers is entirely your choice, but it doesn't hurt giving it a shot and deciding for yourself, especially since some of the reviews treated it as if it was a AAA release.
You can find and download Hello Neighbor for free from the Epic Games Store .