Stealth Bastard Deluxe PC Review
I have found that the majority of the stealth games I’ve played have been somewhat slow and deliberate. Curve Studios has felt the same way, and has done something about it with Stealth Bastard Deluxe.
In Stealth Bastard Deluxe you play as one of many nameless clones, owned by the PTi Industries. Your goal is to stealthily navigate your way through deadly chambers for some unknown testing, but the nature of these tests are later brought to light.
You really don’t have a big arsenal of gear at your disposal, but in a game like this it just might make it too easy. All you have are your stealth goggles which come mandatory with each clone. Your goggles are your biggest asset throughout the game letting you know how visible you are by changing colors. There are, however, a variety of stealth suits you can unlock throughout the game. Each suit grants you various abilities, but honestly you can make your way through the whole game without the use of them.
As deadly as the facility may seem it does have its set structure. There are eight sectors, and within each sector there are ten chambers, the last of which being a boss battle. What I thought was really neat is the way each sector incorporated something new. For instance a new enemy, or game element, and all the chambers in that sector were based off of that new theme. This aspect kept the game fresh and made me want to continue playing.
There isn’t much storytelling in Stealth Bastard Deluxe which was kind of a downside. What you do get are these quirky emails from the company every time you advance to a new sector, but I guess for a game that’s more action oriented its not that big of a deal.
Other than great game play Stealth Bastard Deluxe has great humor thrown into it. When you die in most video games a screen will pop up saying “You have died” and then prompts you to restart or quit the level. When you die in Stealth Bastard Deluxe there is a message that shows up with a snide comment on how you died. Then you abruptly restart to just a moment before you met your demise.
For those competitive players out there, each mission is timed, and there’s a leaderboard that will record your score. That way you can see how you stacked up against anyone else who has played the game. The leaderboard tracks right down to the second.
Regardless of the lack of storyline Stealth Bastard Deluxe more than makes up for it in the ingenuity of the level design, fast action game play, and humor sprinkled in throughout the game. It’s definitely worth checking out if action, platforming games are your thing.
+Fun and fast gameplay
+Level design and Ingenuity
– Minimal Storytelling
Review Score: 8/10
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