The Marvellous Miss Take

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Stylish stealth game demands patience, timing, and skill.

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Positive Messages

Taking back what is yours overshadowed by the idea of stealing everything. Some might say the ends justify the means; many parents might disagree. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though smart, skillful, and technically in the right, the larcenous Miss Take and her thieving cohorts are hardly positive role models. 

Ease of Play

Simple controls, but sudden difficulty spikes heighten challenge significantly. Success can require fast reflexes, patience, and the ability to anticipate AI movement.

Violence

No real violence. Players are routinely chased and apprehended by angry security guards. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Marvellous Miss Take portrays professional art thieves in a positive light. Some parents may take issue with the idea of stealing being viewed positively. Controls are simple to get used to, but gameplay quickly becomes quite difficult -- it can require a mental and physical dexterity that could be beyond the skills of some younger children. The visuals are presented in a cartoonish manner, and although there's no violence within the game, characters are frequently chased by angry security guards.

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What's it about?

London heiress Miss Sophia Take is robbed of her inheritance and forced to take drastic action to get it back. A rich aunt left Sophia a collection of priceless artworks, and this collection was dispersed among a group of private collectors. Unable to take legal action, Miss Take takes it upon herself to get all the artwork back by stealing it one piece at a time. As her mission progresses, she'll join forces with a failed artist turned thief and a teenage pickpocket, each providing a different method for stealing the valuable pieces from each gallery.

Is it any good?

THE MARVELLOUS MISS TAKE  is a colorful stealth adventure rendered in a cartoonish, retro style. The first chapter is a ton of fun as you're taught to use various methods and gadgets, but thereafter, things become more work than fun due to unforgiving AI and a sudden and drastic difficulty spike. Guards (and, later, cameras and dogs) are constantly moving, and swiping art without them seeing you is a balletic dance among often-overlapping danger zones. Miss Take has some tools at her disposal, such as a sharp whistle that draws guards to certain points and a teleport machine that gives her a quick out when things get especially sticky.

What she doesn't have is the ability to run away once spotted, and this is where the frustration comes in. Though Miss Take can run, the guards are much faster, and once they're fully alert, it's all over. This can really be annoying when you're mere inches from getting out of a level and a small misstep makes you play it all over again. It would be nice if the game gave you a chance to run and hide until the guards calmed down; alas, it doesn't. Even worse, the AI seems to be psychic or have the ability to see through walls, because no matter where you sneak, their patterns send them toward you. It feels a bit like a cheat and makes avoiding the AI extremely challenging. Overall, The Marvellous Miss Take is a good-looking, well-made stealth game that throws curveballs at players with impossibly aware guards. It's definitely for the most patient gamers (or die-hard stealth fans).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stealing. Is there ever a time when stealing is appropriate?

  • Discuss why we like characters such as Miss Take and Robin Hood. How are their unlawful actions used for good? 

  • Think about how the law can sometimes be wrong. Can the law be used to do things that aren't right?

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