Stealth games are fairly tricky at times since you can’t be sure what kind of game you will be playing. Sometimes, they can be really challenging and you will have to go full stealth in order to pass the level successfully. But then there are those games that don’t require much finesse and stealth is more of sneaking around your aunt to steal a jar of jam from the cupboard. Well, Sneak Ops is somewhere in the middle and I love it for that.
Developed by Noodle Studios Inc. from Canada, Sneak Ops uses the arcade-like interface on iOS and Android platforms. There isn’t any storyline here, whatsoever. The goal is not to get caught while you sneak past the guards in highly secured rooms. If the guard spots you, you have a short time to go to the safety or you are done for. Some levels will give you means to incapacitate the guards, so that will come pretty useful in cases when you get cornered.
Additional obstacles appear in the form of lasers, cameras, and poisonous gas, as well as many more new things that developers publish daily at each new level. Floppy discs (yep, the game is really retro!) will get you checkpoints, but you can also unlock them by watching ads. These ads also tend to show up here and there during gameplay but it’s not like the developer didn’t warn you before installing the game. If they bother you too much, you can always spend several dollars and buy the game ad-free.
When it comes to gameplay, you control your character with taps, which is very smooth. However, although the levels are short, don’t spend too much time playing the game. It may feel repetitive even if it’s not, and Sneak Ops is really fun to play. It may not be the best stealth game ever made, but it’s nicely designed and the whole arcade interface gives it a special charm.
Try to be patient and don’t panic since that will make you tap all over the screen and definitely get caught. Just keep your cool and nonchalantly sneak by the guards. After a while, you are going to love it so much that you’ll try to sneak by your dog, as I did (unsuccessfully, I might add).