This year has been a good year for platform indie games with games like my favourite Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken and SuperCrateBox, I’ve got one more to add to the list and that’s Stealth Bastard Deluxe.
Stealth Bastard Deluxe is a more lighthearted and fun take on the typical stealth type games like Splinter Cell and Hitman and involves you navigating your little Stealth Bastard around a series of chambers and rooms avoiding security cameras, lasers, and weird pursuing robots!
So what’s Stealth Bastard Deluxe all about? Well, I’m not sure really, you begin with a short cinematic of the character you’ll be controlling being released from a cryogenic chamber and then let loose upon the strange factory-like building full of obstacles and dingy corners. Along the way you’ll come across other similar looking stealthy bastards either going about their covert business, or teaching you a lesson by demonstrating what you have to do to survive.
The game is incredibly simple to grasp. Your main objective is to get to the next room by hiding in the shadows to become undetectable by the cameras and lasers and other ghastly defenses. Sometimes the answer to the puzzle is obvious, it’s all laid out in plain sight, but other times it often requires thinking about before making your move. Through out the game you’ll come across these strange boxes/robots with wheels, you can use these as cover or platforms to jump to another level. Sometimes these boxes are easy to get, other times they’re near damn impossible to get to. Not to worry though, if you ball’s it up along the way there are a series of checkpoints that save your levels progress, a great idea but sometimes if you realize that you’ve messed up before the checkpoint, you’ll have to restart the level all over again..
The game also has a slight Portal-esque feel to it with the background narrative that appears on the walls after completing a level or a certain puzzle within the level, this sometimes gives you a helping hand so it’s hard to work out if whatever it is, is helping or hindering you.
Overall, Stealth Bastard Deluxe is a pretty great game. It’s fairly cheap at around £7 on Steam, it’s easy to pick up and play, and with the online level creator, once you’ve completed the “stock” missions, you can hop online and play a series of user created maps and puzzles that’ll keep the game in your mind for a long time after completing the single player campaign. I definitely recommend giving this one a try!