Review – Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark

By: Louis Edwards

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The PC game known as Stealth Bastard Deluxe: Tactical Espionage Arsehole has snuck its way on to the PlayStation Network with a new name. Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark is now ready for your PS3 and PS Vita (with shared trophies, cross buy and cross save). Is it worth your time and money, or should you just let this one slip into the shadows unnoticed?

Read on to find out.

Stealth Inc. is a stealth driven, 2D platformer that will have to sticking to the shadows to avoid cameras, motion sensing lights, and robots that want nothing else but to destroy you. The game feels like a cross between Super Mario and Metal Gear Solid, with a hint of Southpark thrown in. You control a clone that will be doing your bidding, all while trying to solve a series of puzzles and mazes that will not only test your brain skills, but finger skills as well.

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The game is separated into eight sectors with ten chambers each. New chambers are unlocked by completing the previous chamber, with a final boss chamber that will unlock the next sector once you complete it successfully. Each sector also has two extra levels that are unlocked by either collecting all of the hidden helixes for that sector or by gaining an S rating on all of the eight levels within that sector. Finding the hidden helix for each level isn’t all that tricky, but getting that S ranking seems almost impossible.

Finishing levels and finding helixes will also unlock extra equipment for your clone to either use or wear. There’s a camouflage outfit that will make you invisible to robots and cameras for a short amount of time, a couple of decoys to draw attention away from you, as well as a sound device and a teleporter. While these devices are great for getting through a level quickly, the best rankings will be achieved with no equipment at all. You’ll have to rely on your own skills and an unequipped clone for that.

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There’s a very extensive leaderboard system in use, and for those out there looking for some challenges, getting a top ten time will be right up your alley. Each chamber has its own leaderboard, so you’re looking at eighty different boards, and each board is also separated into non-equipment boards and equipped clone boards. That seems only fair since a couple of the chambers can be completed in under ten seconds when utilizing your camouflage, but will take a minute plus while unequipped.

Leaderboards are shared across both the PS3 and the PS Vita, but your personal chamber rankings aren’t. This seems to be a bit of an oversight by the developer and hopefully they can patch this in at a later date. There’s really no difference between the PS3 and PS Vita versions, with the possible exception of the screen size. Maybe you have a small TV the size of the Vita, but I kind of doubt it. You can jump between the two by synching your game with the cloud but keep in mind that your letter rankings will have to be earned again on the opposite platform.

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Included with both versions is a level creator. At first I thought, “Wow, another member of the ‘Create. Share. Play.’ family, but then I realized I couldn’t share any of my creations. I guess I could create and then have friends come over to the house and play my levels, but that’s missing the point of a level creator, really. If I spend an hour putting together a cool level, why can’t someone on the other side of the World enjoy it? Just another oversight by the developer that we hope they can rectify by patching a share feature in.

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Stealth Inc. is a fun little addictive game, with a small download (only 160mb on the PS Vita) and a low cross platform price (£7.99/ $9.99). With a few tweaks, this could very well be the hit sleeper of the year for Curve Studios.

Bravo, now tweak it a little to add a share feature and cross platform chamber rankings.

9.5

The Final Verdict

ProsCons

  • Well designed levels
  • Fun little game
  • Entertaing and challenging levels

  • No sharing of created levels
  • Cross Platform level rankings are non-existent

VerdictA fun game at a great price
Rating
95%
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