Often times, a game’s atmosphere can be just as important as the core gameplay. Fortunately, Stealth Inc. 2 excels in this area in a big way, as its relatively simple concept and execution is left dripping with a personality that both disturbs and delights. There’s a very dark humor at play in this game, and it only makes it that much easier to love.
The first Stealth Inc. consisted of a series of levels that had the player, a simple and insignificant clone, traversing various obstacle courses avoiding traps and sentries using, you guessed it, stealth. The developers at Curve Digital have upped the ante this time around, dropping players on an open map and opting for a Metroidvania-style of exploration to immerse players as they attempt to make their escape from a sinister facility. And it’s definitely sinister.
The portion of the game I played showed off the beginning, where I am but one of the many adorable clones being born. Unfortunately, not all of the clones are quite so lucky to be controlled by yours truly. Many of them meet their untimely demise in a variety of ways in an opening sequence that is absolutely superb and, quite frankly, one of the best I have seen in a very long time.
As far as core gameplay goes, Stealth Inc. 2 is fairly simple in that you’re encouraged to avoid being seen, using the darkness or background as camouflage. The game’s 2D platforming isn’t necessarily ground-breaking, nor does it need to be. The best thing about it though is the gravity behind the player clone’s movements, which is also where Stealth Inc. 2 ends up feeling more different from most Metroidvanias, as the stakes in exploration feel higher.
When speaking to one of the developers, they revealed that a co-operative mode will be included, as well as a leaderboard system to support the competitive score scene of the first Stealth Inc. really established. Complete with Miiverse capabilities to upload pictures and share hints and messages throughout the game, Stealth Inc. 2 is shaping up to be a wonderful, ambitious, dark, and uncomfortably adorable game and a welcome addition to the Wii U eShop when it arrives on October 23rd.