Parents' Guide to

The Marvellous Miss Take

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Stylish stealth game demands patience, timing, and skill.

Game Mac, Windows 2014
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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).

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