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By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Express artistic side in stealthy street art strategy game.

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This unique stealth strategy game taps into your creative side and your puzzle-solving skills for a unique experience set in the shadows of major city streets. Vandals gives players the opportunity to rebel against authority as street artists making a name for themselves. The game mixes stealth and strategy elements with a board game feel, which work very well together. The turn-based gameplay gives players plenty of time to try to plan their moves, but that doesn't mean it's a cakewalk. Players still need to think a few moves ahead to sneak past the authorities and make their way to that perfect spot to leave their mark. It's a real challenge with a steadily increasing difficulty curve. Still, no matter how challenging things get, it never feels impossible.

Once players finally make their way to the objective, Vandals taps into a player's artistic side. The game opens up a basic painting interface, complete with a variety of colors and three different spray sizes. Players can take as much time as they want using these basic tools to craft all kinds of cool imagery. Admittedly, the available toolkit doesn't lend itself to much in the way of intricate details. It would have been nice to allow for just a few more options, but with a little ingenuity and a lot of creativity, players can put together some amazing works of art. They can also save their best works in their personal art book and share their favorite masterpieces online via social media. While Vandals isn't quite perfect -- there were a couple of minor control glitches that occasionally popped up -- it's still a fun way to experience the street art lifestyle and a great showcase for individual creativity.

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