A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn to analyze situations, make decisions, test assumptions, and think strategically by solving puzzles. Players frequently experiment with the tools they're given, learning that there are multiple ways to complete each map or solve each problem. The game focuses more on getting through each dungeon with as little combat as possible rather than fighting every monster. Sneaky Sneaky shows that the best tool in a player's arsenal isn't necessarily weapons or stealth -- but the tool between his or her ears.
Focus is on killing monsters and guards to steal back stolen coins, jewels.
Positive Role Models
You play as a thief, acting in your own selfish interests.
Ease of Play
Simple controls and character development. No tutorial, but tool tips teach what you need to know.
Violence & Scariness
You have to kill at times to advance. You get extra points for a sneak attack (killing from behind), but there aren't dying animations or blood. Cartoon characters simply vanish.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sneaky Sneaky is a downloadable adventure game with turn-based combat about a thief retrieving his stolen loot. Although there's no tutorial, the controls are simple to understand, and players receive plenty of tool tips when they try to figure out the the best way to use the game's various tools. The thief will sometimes need to kill monsters and guards; the impact is lessened by the cartoonish 2-D graphics, and defeated enemies don't produce dying animations, sounds, or remains.
Is It Any Good?
Sneaky Sneaky is a stealth-based adventure game. There isn't a tutorial, but the game provides lots of pop-up hints and tips along the way. And instead of constraining players, this encourages them to experiment with tools and items to figure out new, creative ways of solving each map's puzzles. Sometimes, the puzzle solving involves getting into combat -- but, as a thief, you're much safer performing sneak attacks that instantly kill opponents. Direct attacks, by contrast, result in turn-based struggles with enemies that are frequently stronger and much harder to kill.
Although you may choose to kill enemies, it isn't the sole goal of the game; in fact, the game focuses much more on exploration and puzzle solving than combat and rewards you more for coming up with creative ways to clear maps without engaging in battle. That gives players a reason to replay stages and attempt to beat their scores with new strategies. Overall, Sneaky Sneaky provides a great brainteasing challenge to players young and old by forcing them to think and adapt to their environment to succeed. If you can overlook the fact that the character is a thief who sometimes backstabs his way to success, you have a game that virtually the whole family can enjoy.
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