Occasionally here at Player2.net.au we will play something that deserves your attention but probably doesn’t need a full review written for it. Be it DLC for the latest AAA title, a little indie game or even an Android/iOS title. We play these titles for the same length as the average blockbuster movie (about 2 hours) and report back to you the reader on what we found. So grab your popcorn and settle in for the latest episode of Blockbuster Gaming.
Blockbuster Gaming – Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones
PC, Wii-U, Xbox One, PS4
About 18 months ago I was going through the monthly ritual of downloading the free PS Plus games when I came across a charming indie puzzler called Stealth Inc. The game was equal parts frustrating and fun and had a wicked sense of humour to boot but it was held back by some rough edges and difficulty spikes that prevented me from ever finishing it. So it was with a sense of hope that I approached Stealth Inc 2 and that hope has paid off because this is some of the best puzzle platforming available on any platform.
The game has a simple presentation however I didn’t let the cute characters and cartoony environments fool me. This game is one big brain drain and it pushed me to the edge at times (in a good way). The goal was simple, get my clone to the exit, but the reality of the situation is I had to navigate death traps around every bend. Fans, blades, lasers and turrets were just some of the obstacles in between my clone and freedom. These challenges required help from multiple clones as switches were pressed levers were pulled and sacrifices were made. The game seems to be a combination of Lemmings and Super Meat Boy and it works remarkably well.
I was very pleased that in my time with the game I didn’t come across any massive difficulty spikes akin to what was present in the first game. Stealth Inc 2 lead me along nicely, gradually ramping up the challenge to the point where conquering a puzzle is immensely satisfying. There is nothing like solving a particularly tough mind bender to get the fist pumping.
I can easily recommend Stealth Inc 2 to fans of puzzlers everywhere. There is the perfect amount of challenge, a charming style and great controls to keep fans of the genre engaged and entertained. Just don’t get too attached to your little clone…. it is going to go through some very rough and bloody times before it escapes.