Never Stop Sneakin'
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Never Stop Sneakin' seems promising early on, but fails to evolve over the long run
Humble Hearts has another fun little game on its hands with Never Stop Sneakin'. It's far from perfect and lacks the variety in level and boss design that would make me want to keep coming back, but the fast run-based gameplay is addictive as hell, and I do love those blocky polygon character models.
Much like National Lampoons, Never Stop Sneakin' appeal is immediately obvious, but soon grows old and labourious.
Sold as a Metal Gear Solid parody, Never Stop Sneakin' delivers mission after mission some top down infiltration fun with retro visuals which clearly act as a strong hommage to the PlayStation console. Strong as it can be within its first hours, the game runs short of idea before we really expect it to, maybe acting too generously too early to keep up with the genre.
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The novelty of Never Stop Sneakin's gameplay wears off after a certain number of hours, but the charm of the game's presentation is always intact.
A stylish introduction and grand presentation can't save this slog of a stealth game. Never Stop Sneakin' plays all its cards in the opening hand and then never follows up.
While the writing and gameplay do provide some genuine smiles, Never Stop Sneakin' is mainly let down by repetition and mechanical simplicity.
It distills the fun of stealth into an accessible analog stick or touch screen-controlled experience. The main drawback is that it leans too heavily on repeating similar experiences. As long as you can focus more on the critical path, it's still a worthy game, but the charm and ingenuity start to fade when you see the same environment and setup for the nth time.
Overall if you’d told me that I’d thoroughly enjoy a stealth game I would have thought you were crazy until I played Never Stop Sneakin’. Its arcade-like sensibilities, consistent push for you to keep moving, and completely silly story sequences have made me a believer though. If you’re coming in hoping for something big and broad you won’t find it here, it is a tight and action-oriented stealth title with a simple but effective hook... and also well worth giving a look.
Humble Hearts has managed to create a fun little title with Never Stop Sneakin'. While far from perfect and lacking the complexity to make the gameplay memorable, the fast-paced combat is addictive and the Metal Gear Solid references are fantastic.