Honig Studios and HandyGames showcased their upcoming stealth game El Hijo during the PC Gaming Show at E3.
El Hijo is a colorful spaghetti western stealth game about a six year old child trying to reunite with his mother after their family farm is burned down by bandits. Being a tiny six year old kid, El Hijo doesn’t have the means to fight enemies, so will have to use stealth and various toys to distract guards. You can watch the trailer above.
Here’s a rundown of the game:
El Hijo is an exciting spaghetti-western stealth game, in which you guide a 6-year-old boy on his quest to find his mother.
As a six-year-old, El Hijo must always sneak past the dangers of his world. As he overcomes his challenges, he gains self-confidence and cunning and with it more schemes to get past his foes. On his journey, he will find himself in a remote monastery, a harsh and unforgiving stretch of desert and a frontier town rife with crime and villainy.
The journey begins when a farmer and her son El Hijo are attacked by bandits who raze their farm to the ground. The mother decides to leave El Hijo at a secluded monastery in order to protect him. However, El Hijo decides that the monastic life is not for him and decides to escape. El Hijo is a non-violent stealth game. Violence is instead exchanged with the mischievous, playfulness of a young child. Shadowplay is in the core of the game and El Hijo will often have to hide. Without needlessly adding new mechanics, the gameplay is extended naturally, as variations of existing mechanics are gradually introduced and then combined with each other to increase the challenge. These twists on familiar mechanics are often a product of the varied, increasingly dangerous environments that El Hijo must traverse to reach his ultimate goal.
- Non-violent stealth game
- Escape from the monastery
- Stay in the shadows to avoid getting caught
- Hide in baskets, tubs, and coffins to become invisible
- Use different toys to distract any observers
- Solve environmental puzzles
- Help El Hijo find his mother
The game doesn’t currently have a release date, but El Hijo is coming to Windows PC, Mac (both via Steam), PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.