A stealth classic
If stealth games like Metal Gear
or Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
are your bag, then The Marvelous Miss Take will be right up your alley. It's an absolute joy of a game which mixes enthralling gameplay, a wonderful narrative and distinctive visuals to superb effect. The player takes control of the titular thief, whose magnificent collection of art treasures has just been split up among several private collectors. However, Miss Take is not going to stand for this so it's up to you to get them back. You have the help of two other dodgy characters, each with their own skills, and you're required to enter various environments and pilfer the art treasures out from under the noses of unwary security guards. The whole thing is played out in isometric fashion, and you have to sneak your way around, avoiding guards and figuring out how to grab the loot without being seen. The tension is piled on high and you have no recourse to violence, instead relying solely on your wits. It's all made more difficult by the random AI of the guards, so you can't predict their movements but there are a lot of tricks at your disposal to ensure you don't get caught. This really is an absolute treat of a game. The visuals are bright, vibrant and charming, with a very distinctive style which helps the game stand out. The story too is lovely, with some memorable characters and lots of twists and turns which will keep you hooked to the end. The gameplay is well handled, never unfair but highly challenging and with a lot of freedom and variety so really, you have no excuse not to pick this one up.