Video Game Stealth Bastard Deluxe (PC) (2012)

Stealth Bastard Deluxe (2012)


Relevant Links:
Stealth Bastard Deluxe Website
Stealth Bastard Deluxe (PC) (Metacritic.com)
Stealth Bastard Deluxe (Wikipedia.org)

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While I somehow got the impression this game would be a stealth adventure game similar to Mark of the Ninja (PC) (2012), it plays out more like a puzzler with stealth elements.

Slaughtered by the robot. ;_;
After completing each level, you are given a letter grade based on the time spent, the number of deaths, and the times spotted.

So far, I find this little game to be fun and addicting. Well, any game that requires precision in order to finish with a fast time has the potential to be addicting. The most similar game with this structure that comes to mind is Dustforce (2012). However, I find Dustforce has a much higher learning curve than Stealth Bastard Deluxe.


Disregarding some fine details, the game, like Dustforce, has similarities with Super Meat Boy (PC) (2010). All three are platformers whose levels involve obstacles. In addition, a primary goal in all three is to complete the levels as quickly as possible. All three games also allow the use of different characters with different abilities, though it seems as though Stealth Bastard Deluxe distinguishes between completing a level with the standard character and completing a level with equipment.

I feel happy every time I see this screen.
With the above comparisons being made, Stealth Bastard Deluxe is certainly different enough to warrant giving about a good hour of play, even if a player (for some reason) dislikes either Super Meat Boy or Dustforce. Similarly, even if a player dislikes Stealth Bastard Deluxe, there's always room to try Super Meat Boy or Dustforce.

Today I completed the following: Levels 1-4 to 1-8. Levels 2-1 to 2-3 (S-ranked). (1:54:28)


After taking a break, I eventually returned and resumed playing some more Stealth Bastard Deluxe: Levels 2-4 to 2-8 (S-ranked). (2:55:20)

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