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You don't always know what you'll get with a stealth game. Some require lightning fast reactions and nerves of steel, whilst others give you time and space to figure your way out of a tricky situation.
Sneak Ops is a bit of a mix in the best of ways with some addictive high-score flare thrown in for good measure. Is it perfect? No. Is it fun? Absolutely.
I'm very sneaky, Sir
Sneak Ops, as you'd guess, is a game all about stealth. Your goal is to sneak through hallways, pick up floppy discs, and use your mad skills to escape the level overall.
It's not as simple as that, mind you. Between you and the end of your mission lie dozens of guards, lasers, cameras, and more. Just one wrong move can send your whole operation crashing down – well, at least back to your last checkpoint.
If you're spotted or trigger any alarms, you've got a short countdown where all guards will come looking for you. If you're lucky you'll be able to avoid them just long enough for them to lose interest If not, you'll get roughed up by the opposition and get set back a bit.
Luckily, you can bop lower-level guards on the head and knock them out for a few seconds. Don't try it on the golden guards though, they'll smack you into next week.
Floppy discs allow you to 'buy' checkpoints for 20 discs when you reach them, and trust me you'll want to pick up every point that you can. Some areas can be extremely tricky and it's always good to have a backup.
The best thing you can do is have patience. You can sneak under cameras and follow guards up hallways to get around them at the last second. So long as you avoid the outlined field of view, you're all good.
Tip toe through the window
Though the game is at risk of becoming repetitive, it keeps you on your toes by introducing new hazards and options in getting through the level. In some cases, you can go a quicker, but riskier, route or take the longer way around and risk dealing with more enemies.
If you don't have enough floppy discs to unlock a checkpoint you can watch an advert instead. While these ads don't feel too invasive, if you take too long to get through a section an advert will occasionally pop up and interrupt your flow. Of course, you can buy the game ad-free for £3.49.
It's a game best played in small chunks for sure. Each level is short enough to keep you interested and its slick, one-touch controls make it super easy to get your character where you want them to go. Just don't panic and touch different areas of the screen.
Sneak Ops isn't a hugely deep experience, but it serves fierce stealth vibes and will definitely tide you over if you're suffering from Metal Gear withdrawal. You can even hide in cardboard boxes.