Publisher/Developer: Curve Studios
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What they say: Stealth Inc is a fast-paced stealth platformer featuring brutal hazards, ruthless enemies, fiendish puzzles and red pixels galore. Jump, sneak, and be chunked through 80 levels. Will you make it out alive?
Armed with only your wits and a pair of top of the range Stealthing Goggles, it’s your job to sneak your way through a deadly facility that’s determined to extinguish your fragile little life. With no weapons and no armor, being seen means instant death.
Stay out of the light to avoid the attention of deadly security robots! Leap like a lusty salmon to avoid those zap-happy lasers! Think fast as the walls close in around you! And once you’ve defeated these deadly chambers (or they’ve defeated you), create your own fiendish death-rooms in Stealth Inc’s fully-featured level editor!
What I say: The game formerly known as Stealth Bastard has finally arrived on Playstation systems during its annual PLAY promotion. When I first fired up this game I was a little apprehensive as I suck HARD at stealth games. I have a nervous breakdown at even the thought of playing Metal Gear or Splinter Cell. However, Stealth Inc has a few tricks up its sleeves to make it a little easier on us stealth noobs.
The game is presented as a sort of 2-D side scroller or platformer. This decision gives the game more of a puzzle feel. The scenario goes like this; your clone is dropped into a level and avoiding cameras, lights and so on you must stick to the shadows in order to unlock a door at the end of the level and escape. Sounds easy right? Well, not so much. The game starts off taking it fairly easy on you as the puzzles are not too hard and there are no many moving pieces but as the game goes on through its 80 levels it gets hard…damn hard. Once you are walked through the basics you are on your own. You must use every trick you have learned along the way in order to succeed. The game offers a fine challenge that tests your brain as much as your sneaking skills. And when you die, and you will die a lot, the game give you helpful degrading message to keep you going.
Graphically the game is fairly simplistic and it definitely favors the Vita in making the game look good although it looks fine on the PS3 as well. The clones are fairly generic looking and the levels are mostly shadows and metal, but it suits the game perfectly. As for a storyline….well, there isn’t one but the game does keep you engaged and going on.
I found Stealth Inc. to be a lot of fun and a nice change of pace in stealth games. It is a great start to this years Play promotion.