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By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Trial-and-error stealth demands patience, repetitive play.

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This is a fun game that can quickly feel repetitive, so it's likely best in short bursts and not marathon sessions unless you have a huge appetite for this particular acquired taste. Volume doesn't skew toward the more modern outings of the stealth-action genre. It's strictly old-school, akin to the first Metal Gear Solid, so while you have some gadgets at your disposal, you can't rely on weapons. You're deployed to an area, and must wend your way through each space by observing and exploiting the patterns of the guards and the environment.

Guards have visible cones of vision protruding from their bodies, helping you to easily track what they see or don't see. You can whistle or use a variety of gadgets you find on the ground (such as the stun gun or a musical instrument) to distract, draw out, or subdue an enemy so you can pass. Your objective is always to scoop up little glowing orbs to unlock the door to the next area and not get caught in the process. There are other wrinkles, via the things you can use, but the objective stays the same. This is still worth a look, especially for stealth or action fans. Still, Volume is a one-note outing that's pleasant but can wear thin.

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