Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Aug 8, 2013
    91
    Instead, I was thinking, "This game is so awesome." That, or silently cursing Curve Studios for making a game that's equal parts insanely addictive and fiendishly difficult. That's a dangerous combination if you ever want to put a game down — though why you'd ever want to put Stealth Inc. down, I don't know.
  2. Jul 23, 2013
    90
    Stealth Inc: A Clone In The Dark is a special game and one that shows off the sort of thing the Vita was made for. A game that is simple to play, both in quick bursts or for hours on end, that offers up a challenge and doesn’t hold back just because it is on a handheld, At just £7.99 you will struggle to find another game that offers as much content for the price. This is one game that won’t be hiding in the shadows for long.
  3. Jul 29, 2013
    86
    Stealth Inc. A clone in the Dark combines a clever design with navigation puzzles, traditional platforming and a complete level editor.
  4. Sep 23, 2013
    80
    Highly recommended. [Issue#139, p.120]
  5. Aug 15, 2013
    80
    As is befitting, Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark snuck up on gamers and took everyone by surprise. With so many inspirations there’s bound to be something that most will relate to, be it a belittlingly wry attitude, spatial logic puzzles or simply Sam Fisher’s goggles (minus a lens). Try it, buy it and you’ll experience a charming puzzler that hides everything but its devious charm.
  6. Tough, frequently ingenious and amusing, Stealth Inc is full of surprises. [September 2013, p80]
  7. Aug 7, 2013
    80
    Stealth Inc is hard and frustrating, still there's nothing satisfying as clearing a stage you thought you would never leave. For fans of puzzle game only, others may have to buy a new Vita after throwing one out of the window.
  8. Aug 6, 2013
    80
    Stealth Inc. is packed with great level design and has a nice balance between tactics and reaction speed.
  9. Jul 30, 2013
    80
    Take Super Meat Boy, give him the suit of Sam Fisher and add a handful of ingredients gathered from the best stealth game and two-dimensional puzzle-platformer. That is how you will get Stealth Inc: a Clone in the Dark, a title with a simple but incredible depth gameplay.
  10. Jul 30, 2013
    80
    Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark is a belter: occasionally frustrating and sometimes incredibly demanding, but always enjoyable and well-crafted throughout. An essential purchase for any Vita owner who likes a challenge, with the (now) standard added bonus of cloud saving across both Vita and PS3.
  11. Jul 24, 2013
    80
    Like the best puzzle games, it has a compulsive quality that makes you feel like a genius whenever you work it out.
  12. Jul 23, 2013
    80
    Platform, puzzle and stealth in one single, addictive… and very bastard game. Take it and make yourself proud of your skills and patience!
  13. Interesting is the word. It’s interesting to see how each level works, how each element works together in a level so ingeniously. Stealth Inc’s mechanically fascinating, and holds you in just the right level of contempt as a player to keep you bashing your head against its heavily guarded walls.
  14. Jul 23, 2013
    80
    Not quite a classic, but not too far off, Stealth delivers something the Vita hardly has in abundance and does so with the kind of smart game design that makes for an addictive ride.
  15. We won't lie, we often cursed the day A Clone in the Dark was created. It is brutally unfair at times. So unfair, we considered buying a protective case for our poor PlayStation Vita, just to prevent us form smashing it to pieces after 100th or so unfair death scene. [September p.87]
  16. Jul 25, 2013
    75
    This is a very fun, but also frustrating 2D-platformgame. It's all about figuring out puzzles, figuring out how to get to the next level. Your clone will definitely die a couple of times, but the way he smashes is very fun to look at, so you will probably not feel sorry. This videogame with more than 80 levels is definitely worth your money.
  17. Jul 23, 2013
    75
    Steath Inc. is a mind-bending puzzle game that deserves all your attention. Brilliant, ironic, tricky, is also a well designed stealth platform that knows how to involve and challenge players.
  18. Sep 10, 2013
    70
    In its finest moments Stealth Inc is one the best games in the stealth genre. Unfortunately the level design is sometimes lacking and towards the end the game it becomes more about frustration than about entertainment. With all things considered it's worth a closer look if you are connoisseur of the sneaking genre.
  19. Aug 19, 2013
    70
    Delicious and interesting on the streets and warm enough at home, so it is Stealth Inc.
  20. Jul 31, 2013
    70
    Stealth Inc. can be horribly frustrating, because you can't know what'll happen in advance to you hitting that switch. A quick death is therefore always lurking around the corner. Ironically it is at its funniest when breaking the fourth wall and rubbing your mistakes in your face. Whoever won't blow up from dying time and time again, and has the patience to learn from their mistakes, could have a lot of fun with Stealth Inc. A Clone in the Dark.
  21. Jul 23, 2013
    70
    In case you haven't had enough puzzle platforming on PS Vita, Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark provides the goods.
  22. Aug 3, 2013
    65
    It does exactly what we expect of a ‘smaller’ game nowadays. It’s stylistically interesting, brings bite-sized gameplay in a steady pace, gives you an insane challenge and every now and then a quirky comment is made about the player. On paper it looks like a success story, but lack of character make sure that this game never becomes more than a series of faceless challenges. A shame, because with a little more soul this game could’ve been great.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 24, 2014
    8
    Story:
    You play a clone who is being tested by an unknown see-er to see how good your stealth skills are. That's really it as there's
    Story:
    You play a clone who is being tested by an unknown see-er to see how good your stealth skills are. That's really it as there's virtually no story here. This is a simple indie game, so it should come as no surprise.

    Gameplay:
    This is one of those addictive games that punishes you A LOT, but gives you that satisfying feeling of beating something hard. The controls are pretty basic as you can only jump, move left to right, crouch, hang on edges, push certain objects, activate switches, and hack terminals.
    The level design for the most part is well made. There are 8 sections here and each one adds something new to the game whether it be a new enemy type or mechanic. Because of how much I died, this took me a few hours to complete. Overall, the gameplay is frustrating but addictive, and if you can't take the heat, you can always skip a few of these missions. 8/10

    Graphics:
    The game doesn't take full advantage of the PS Vita, but it still looks good. I like how the game uses shadows, the lighting is solid, the minor gore is cool to see. and some of the enemies and bosses are well designed. For a 2D-indie game, the visuals are nice. 7/10

    Sound:
    I like the nice techno stealth score the game had. While none of the tunes match the scores from Mission Impossible or James Bond films, they're still nice to hear. 7/10

    Verdict:
    This is a fun stealth game that rewards patience, timing, personal reflexes, and skill. This game is definitely worth buying for its cheap price.

    Rating: 8/10
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  2. Jun 21, 2014
    9
    A challenging and incredibly enjoyable 2D puzzle-platformer with some great stealth mechanics. With excellent level-design, a steadyA challenging and incredibly enjoyable 2D puzzle-platformer with some great stealth mechanics. With excellent level-design, a steady difficulty curve, plenty of extras, and new challenges around every corner, it's hard to find much fault with the game. It's definitely hard, but rarely manages to over frustrate thanks to it's top-notch design.

    While the game often requires quick thinking, fast reflexes, patience, and pattern memorization, the difficulty doesn't mean it's inaccessible to those who haven't given the genre much attention. In fact I can see anyone picking it up and having a good time, but that being said only the elite are going to be able to take a spot on the leaderboards. In order to become one of those people is going to require quite a bit of practice.

    Still, the game is incredibly rewarding even to those like myself who have to suffer through countless deaths before seeing the end of a level. While it does have the potential to frustrate, the fresh theme and overall excellently designed gameplay are enough to keep the game fun throughout. My total score for the game is a 9.1/10=Amazing.
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  3. Jan 29, 2014
    9
    Indie puzzle platformers are kinda cliche but this game is still awesome. Really great style without any pretension typical in indie games.Indie puzzle platformers are kinda cliche but this game is still awesome. Really great style without any pretension typical in indie games. All the puzzles will make you think but aren't impossible. I didn't need a to look a solution once. Runs perfect on Vita. Fun game. Get it. Full Review »