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  • Summary: The Masterplan is a tactical heist game set in the 70s. Can you achieve the greatest heist in the history of mankind?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Aug 30, 2015
    90
    The graphics and sound track work because it’s simple, the gameplay and mechanics are what really make this game.
  2. Aug 5, 2015
    80
    If you are a fan of squad based strategy games or old heist movies, then you should definitely check out The Masterplan.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    Sep 1, 2015
    79
    Despite shortcomings in controls and level design, the core gameplay and the smooth presentation are strong enough to make The Masterplan an entertaining, if flawed heist simulator. [Aug 2015]
  4. Jun 22, 2015
    70
    The Masterplan is based on an interesting concept and is only held back by no particular effort put into creating interesting or diverse gameplay mechanics. Nevertheless, it remains quite an enjoyable game, as long as you are not expecting more than it can deliver.
  5. Jun 8, 2015
    63
    Shark Punch makes its debut in the real-time tactics genre with some charming ideas, starting with an original setting and some well-crafted levels. Unfortunately, some questionable design choices, a less than average AI and a poor technical production clip the wings of a potentially nice title.
  6. Jul 8, 2015
    60
    The Masterplan cries the tears of its wasted potential. When it is working as supposed, it is a pleasure to play. But unfortunately it does not happen often enough.
  7. Oct 8, 2015
    35
    Announce as many cool things as possible, then, while everyone is distracted by flashy trailers, swap the actual game with a hardly playable dummy. Looks like The Masterplan itself is a con.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 15, 2015
    10
    One of the rare original games today. With great 70's vibe, original soundtrack, graphical style, and non-trivial gameplay to beat, this is aOne of the rare original games today. With great 70's vibe, original soundtrack, graphical style, and non-trivial gameplay to beat, this is a definitely worth checking out. Expand
  2. Jun 17, 2015
    10
    Fresh approach to a trending crime theme, The Masterplan provides a great heisting experience for those with a more strategic or tacticalFresh approach to a trending crime theme, The Masterplan provides a great heisting experience for those with a more strategic or tactical mind. Instead of blowing your way through enemies and civilians, you can use the unique threaten system to force the by-standers do your bidding. Paired with puzzle-style level design, that still - when your plan comes apart - offers you the option to force your way through the heist allows for great replayability.
    The devs have also promised there'll be player made maps, something I can hardly wait!
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  3. Jun 15, 2015
    10
    The Masterplan is a tactical team-based heist game. It has a great vibe, with great ideas, an original setting and awesome and interestingThe Masterplan is a tactical team-based heist game. It has a great vibe, with great ideas, an original setting and awesome and interesting levels. The soundtrack is pretty great, setting it in the 70s, fitting the mood quite adequately. Expand
  4. Jun 15, 2015
    9
    The music and overall ambient are great. This is a puzzler, not just a shooting game. Well, you can go crazy and shoot everyone, but you don'tThe music and overall ambient are great. This is a puzzler, not just a shooting game. Well, you can go crazy and shoot everyone, but you don't get all the points. Expand
  5. Jun 16, 2015
    9
    If you want to plan to perfect heist, this is the game for you. It's a tactical puzzle game where you control a team of professionals to getIf you want to plan to perfect heist, this is the game for you. It's a tactical puzzle game where you control a team of professionals to get the job done. True professionals don't shoot everyone in sight. The focus on the job at hand. Things don't always go according to plan. That's when you can slow down time, make a great getaway and still come up on top. Original visuals, great music. Expand
  6. Nov 6, 2015
    7
    The Masterplan is a fun but difficult take on the heist genre. It puts players into control of a small group of crooks (1-4 people), the goalThe Masterplan is a fun but difficult take on the heist genre. It puts players into control of a small group of crooks (1-4 people), the goal being to complete tasks each mission such as... stealing money, snagging memos (unlocking more levels) and taking fliers (unlocking more guns and gadgets). The beginning of the game is very simple and only gets more complex as you go on. If I had to compare it to any other game I would say its a mix between doorkickers and payday.
    The Masterplan has a great hostage system as well, allowing players to control and order hostages as long as they have a gun trained on them. These orders can be just about anything you can do with your own goons, this can be very helpful in situations were you need a helping hand to smash a cash register or to knock some one out.
    The game also has a decent detection and stealth system, using a basic cone of vision like most stealth games. When a guard spots you a red meter will fill up, when it does they will come after their target wielding batons. Civilians and camera monitors do the same except instead of attacking they will run to a phone to call in the police (who have guns).
    The tasks each mission usually revolve around stealing money, which is done by taking it from vaults, safes and people. Safes will need a drill to get into, Vaults need a key and people need to be taken hostage. Other objectives can include stealing drugs, useless items and jewelry which will in turn instantly give money. Along with money you can also find memos and fliers, for more guns, gadgets and levels.
    Although this game does bring a lot to the table i cant fully recommend it, because of the dreadful bugs . It may seem like a good game but when it comes down to it, the bugs are terrible. So far for me, the opening mission cant go 20 seconds without blurring the screen with random text in mixed German and English. Thankfully the first mission is skipped if the game is exited and reopened. The second mission, which is mandatory is also very buggy, the game is supposed to give you a pistol and some bullets which of course it doesn't. The next mission does the same thing...
    Bugs like this can ruin a game, and for new players it does. Especially with major bugs that start within the first three missions. Until these types of bugs are gone I would say to only buy the game on sale.
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