Developer: Gustav “Goffa” Söderström
Castle Heist: Chapter 1 is a short stealthy walking simulator game that introduces the plot of the Castle Heist series.
Once you start playing the game, you are immediately introduced to the story through a narrative text. At first, I felt like the voice acting of the narrative was being a bit over-acted, but after multiple playthroughs, it grew on me. The game plays as mostly a walking simulator, but with stealth aspects.
- the graphics look great overall
- music is decent throughout the game, and each area has its own (I especially liked the music that reminded me of the Pink Panther theme song)
- the stealth in Castle Heist is nice because you have to be careful, or guards will one-shot you on site in some areas
- very short to playthrough
- too easy (guards have very predictable paths, and they aren’t very attentive unless you’re in their line of site or standing right next to them)
- some very minor bugs with textures/draw distances
- guards sometimes appear above or in the ground if you’re paying attention to them
Each area has a map that you are given with notes, and marks on it of where you need to go next. If you rush through the objectives, you can finish the game in less than 15 minutes, but I suggest playing the game more like a walking simulator, and just taking your time, and exploring all the areas. Right now, there are a couple achievements you can unlock by exploring, but I would like to see more achievements added to encourage more exploration.
Right now, there isn’t any reason to replay the game, unless you missed the achievements, but I did wind up playing through it 4 times since it is such a short game. Chapter 1 is a good, but brief introduction into the Castle Heist plot, but as expected from an episodic series, you won’t get any closure, so I’m looking forward to chapter 2. If you’re looking for a game to simply play and finish, you won’t enjoy this game to its full potential. However, if you’re in the mood to take your time to explore a short, but sweet, stealthy walking simulator game for a reasonable price, it’s a decent purchase.
Review copy was provided by the developer.