When you combine the creativity of an indie developer with the intense action of stealth action, you sometimes end up with thrilling games that test your mind, patience, and endurance. Here are six games where a pulling out a gun won't always solve your problems. Do you have the skill it takes to move like a ghost?
Inspired by today's surveillance culture Republique takes place in a dystopian, totalitarian, country. It's up to you to help a young woman named Hope escape. To do so, you need to hack security cameras, instruct Hope on how to move, steal information, and then sell it in exchange for better hacking abilities. Apart from the fact that Hope is generally defenseless save for a stun gun, Republique is practically the template for the Watch Dogs stealth sequences, right down to using a cell phone as the hacking tool. Ported and remastered from the mobile version to PC and Mac, and divided across 5 chapters, Republique tells a sci-fi tale that is full of intrigue - and not even an all-seeing police state can know what's coming.
We go from being watched to being the watchers. This first-person espionage game gives players control over a team of six operatives. You'll need to customize your agents, switch points of view between them, then move strategically to complete operations. The trick is, you're given third-rate equipment, and your agents aren't exactly top of their class. In fact, it's surprising they survived to adulthood. Signal Ops features a mix of combat, stealth, and puzzle solving, so when sneaking around fails, you always have the option of applying violence. Whatever it takes to get the job done. However, keep in mind that agents don't magically regenerate health. Luckily, spies are cheap, and you can call in reinforcements to replace the fallen so long as you keep at least one of them alive.
Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
Metroidvania action puzzle platforming and several other buzzwords come together in Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones. You play as a lone escaped clone in one of the most deadly toy testing facilities in the world. Your job was to test out the toys to see if they're fit for kids, which means a lot of clones end up being squished, burned, devoured, chopped up or otherwise splattered. Have your pathetically weak clone make his way through the facility, acquire new equipment, and use them to solve deadly test chambers while freeing your fellow clones from captivity. But always stick to the shadows and don't get spotted, or you'll end up as another test failure casualty.
Stealth action meets survival horror in Outlast. You play as investigative journalist Miles Upshur, acting on tip from an anonymous source that tells of all sorts of weird goings on happening at the Mount Massive Asylum. Now you're trapped inside an asylum where horrific experiments are being conducted. Unarmed, all you can do is run, hide, and find a way to escape hell's basement.
In a dystopian future, the megacorporations control everything, and they rule with a ruthless efficiency. They all but crush the rebel spy agency called Invisible, forcing its leader and a handful of agents to flee with little more than an artificial intelligence named Incognita. Now it's your job to get Invisible back on its feet by hitting the corporations back. But there's a catch: You only have 72 hours to do it before Incognita's battery runs out. Steal technology, steal money, and grab up anything else you can before escaping. Incognita can hack into systems for you, but choose your moves carefully, because one mistake could cause the entire mission to fall apart.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
From the makers of the Penumbra series, Amnesia is a horror survival game that puts a tremendous amount of emphasis on atmosphere at terror. Make your way through darkened corridors as Daniel, a man who awakens inside a desolate castle. You have to uncover the castle's mysteries while escaping threats that could be lurking around every corner. The only options you have for surviving are running, hiding, and using your wits. Keep an ear out for strange sounds, and always check over your shoulder. It's the only way you can hope to get out in one piece. It's games like Amnesia that helped take survival horror in a new, intense, direction fraught with fear and despair. The game will also help prepare you for SOMA, a sci-fi psychological thriller expected to release later this year.
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Going to say Affordable Space Adventures, while not really a stealth game, should also be on the list.
Neon Struct is worth a mention. It looks like a cool cyberpunk stealth game
"Metrovania" again? More like Mr. Wrong.
I don't know that I'd count "cowering in paralyzing fear" as stealth gameplay. If I could go all Sam Fisher on the zombi goasts in Amnesia, I'd be down.
I really want to play Invisible Inc. someday.
Republique is a very cool game, especially on a tablet. I definitely recommend it.