Sneak Thief 2: Second Strike
Let's recap, real quick, shall we? In Pastel Games' Sneak Thief 1: Prime Catch, the mysterious Don Fabiano hired you to steal five inventions created by Prof. Bellamy. The eponymous Sneak Thief, which it turns out is an accurate description AND the name of the orange clad main character, manages to get a hold of a teleporty, diamond-type thing. The teleporty part kicks and, as Sneak Thief 2: Second Strike begins, ol' Sneak Thief is being swallowed by a giant mechanical fish.
Just like its predecessor, Sneak Thief 2: Second Strike is a point-and-click adventure game. You'll use your mouse to poke about a small room, collecting items and searching for the blueprint to one of Prof. Bellamy's inventions. Once you find it, you'll have to assemble your items in accordance with the prints so you can escape.
Where Prime Catch really shone was its graphic style and Second Strike looks just as great. With Second Strike, you'll get more colors, but less stylization. That's not to say the environment doesn't have character. It's just dingier, danker, dominated by pea green walls and random kitchen equipment... just how you'd expect the stomach of a giant mechanical fish to be. The great funky tune from the first game returns and while it'd be nice for something new, the music is enjoyable and its return is welcome.
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Just like first game, Second Strike is short and easy. In fact, Second Strike is even easier than the original. There's not much in the way of puzzles and most of your pointing-and-clicking will consist of finding and combining objects.Since there's only one room, finding everything won't take you very long. While the game isn't challenging, it's still fun and it goes by so fast that it's hard to begrudge it for any of its flaws. If you want a great looking game, but don't mind if your mind stays unboggled while you soak up the great aesthetics, animation and music, then definitely check out this fun series.