About The Game
In Stealth Inc 2, play the role of a clone and escape a sinister and high-tech testing facility. Stealth Inc 2 tests both your brain and your reflexes over 60 varied levels linked together in a sprawling overworld. Dodge traps and enemies, hide in the shadows to avoid being detected and use a range of gadgets as you attempt your grand escape.
Failure is never more than a few moments away, but one of the few advantages of being a clone is that defeat is never permanent. With no loading screens and no lives to worry about, use your inevitable demise as a learning tool and work out how to navigate lasers, deadly robots and terrifying bosses in the ultimate hostile work environment.
Two players can join forces to break out of the facility in a full co-op mode. While one player controls the clone, another uses a variety of tools on the Wii U GamePad to help protect and hide them.
Become the supervisor of your own test chambers with an in-depth level editor that lets you bring your most fiendish ideas to life. Set up traps, choose where to place enemies and experiment with level layouts easily using the Wii U GamePad. Once you're satisfied, share your stage with friends, then challenge yourself by downloading more user-created levels from the community.
Curve digital aren't only one of the most supportive indiedev studios working with Nintendo but they've arguably produced the highest quality of e-shop games.
Some of the games weren't developed by the studio themselves but they must pick up some bonus points for finding the best indies out there for fans to enjoy.
Stealth inc 2 is one of the in house projects and certainly goes to prove that they can provide quality on their own an not just by porting the work of others.
Sad spoiler alert It won't end too well for the red face chamber!
Stealth inc 2 as the game suggests is largely about stealth.
But much more than that it's about the survival of your bald, slightly overweight little clone who against all the odds has a desire not to be killed.
Of course desire isn't everything the poor little guy will be killed & lets be honest here he'll be killed rather a lot.
Almost everything that sees him wants to kill him and most of those things do a very good job of it too.
He's part of an army of clones whose only job are to take part in tests they are supposed to fail and die in but once your little man is out of the initial death chamber he'll find him self in the over world map (the building where the tests are being held)
In here you'll find and see lots of areas you can't currently gain access to but you'll be back with new skills and items as you progress.
Each part of the overworld is split into various sections and each new section will offer your little guy something new to help him survive what's ahead. (that will be the multiple deaths)
While stealth is a large part of the game there are also plenty of puzzles to solve and switches to press along the way.
And once you've finally figured out exactly how to beat a level you might want to go back and see just how fast you can do so as each level includes an online boards for the fastest time. (I'm not top of any)
Or even just to go back and improve enough to earn the S rank on every level / Test.
Words of wisdom / mockery are constantly appearing on the screen (a decent proportion of which is rather witty) and certainly inspires me to help that little clone beat the level and the game.
The games difficulty increases throughout and definitely gets much harder as it goes along, I haven't completed the entire thing so I can only speak from my current play time experience but no matter how hard a level has seemed none so far to me at least have felt impossible. (though I'm dreading trying to earn a few of the S ranks once I've beat the main game.
Getting S Rank on every single level will prove to be a major challenge!
After you've beaten the first set of levels you'll unlock co-op mode which can be quite a bit of fun though not exactly what I hoped it would be at the same time.
While playing through the first set of levels another cpu controlled clone often tags along to help and I was certainly hoping the second player would get to control it.
That didn't turn out to be the case.
Instead the main player plays on the tv as they would a normal game with the game pad player controlling gadgets and entering codes for the hacking of the consoles.
A number of clone killing enemies are also only visible on the game pad screen so interaction between players is vital (unless like my wife to be you just want to see me get killed from time to time)
The co-op mode certainly adds a whole new dimension to the game and playing through several levels in both single and co-op mode to an extent felt like 2 versions of the game.
Finally the game features a level creator.
And when I say features I mean fully features.
Curve have said every single level in the game can be created in this mode.
While there wouldn't be a great deal of point in that it should show you the scope for what can be done.
You can play the creations of other players and rank their levels how you see fit.
So for the price of the game you could play an equal amount of player generated levels or even more than that.
Of course if you're of the creative type you can even have ago and create your own and share them with the rest of the world.
Sweating is something this game is good at making the poor little clone do!
The amount of content (including player generated) is staggering compared to game price.
Witty dialogue throughout.
A genuine challenge
Merioidvania style exploration.
Plenty of unlocks and secrets to find.
Customise your clone.
One of the most in depth level creators / editors ever released on a console.
You can pick up 52 items spread throughout the game to customise your little clone,
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
The game will inevitably prove to be too difficult for some players.
I hated this level so much!
And yes that red stuff all over the wall was my clone!
Curve game me Thomas was alone and I said at was the best game on the Nintendo eShop.
I still stick by that statement but this little clone runs it very close.
Despite the slightly high looking price tag considering the games length and near endless possibilities for user generated content the game offers tremendous value for money.
If you want a game that will push and entertain you even if your not willing to stump up full price the next time the game is on sale it's a must buy!
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.