In the desert land of Ecta, tongues are parched and cities are wasting away for the want of water. Only one man controls the water... er, well, one walrus... and that selfish jerk, Walrus King (his self proclaimed title of "king" is debatable) is refusing to give any out! The true Queen of the land sent out her loyal engineer, Dame Celeste, to try and talk some sense into the Walrus King. Short story even shorter, it doesn't work and the ton of blubber falls in love with you, and throws you in the dungeon as soon as you refuse his attempt to woo you. Of course, he forgets you're an engineer and you have maps to his entire mansion. After that the name of the game is stealth. In Adjective Animal Studios' Dame Celeste you get five in-depth levels of sneakiness. Dress up in disguises, dodge the vision of the guards, and hide inside bushes and suits of armor alike in this highly difficult game.
There is a lot going on in this game... not only are you to be stealthy, but there are water droplets to collect for your people, conversations to partake in or eavesdrop on, and the first four levels have articles of clothing to find and use against the enemies. Wear what they are wearing and the light glow that represents their vision field diminishes slightly. It's hard to tell, but in later levels you'll realize how much it really does assist you. Being stealthy isn't always an option, especially if you're attempting to collect all the water, but thankfully the minions of the Walrus King are lazy and if they can't catch you fast enough they'll call out a question. Your screen will be flooded with replies, dancing around and bouncing off each other and you only have about 15 seconds to select the right one. It's an effective way to let you experience the rushed panic feeling Dame Celeste must be feeling at that time and gives you a different way to play.
The most frustrating thing, however, is that while it is an awesome, adorable, clever, charming game to play, with its top-notch story and its wonderful graphics, it has some obvious blemishes. Some of the issues are that the difficulty selection on the front menu doesn't seem to change anything, AI enemies can get stuck, you can't go back and play levels, and there can be some lag due to the large maps. None of these make the game impossible... heck, I'm terrible at stealth games, but I was able to complete this one. Still, even with these major oversights Dame Celeste is a diamond in the rough, so don't be scared away. Every little success sends the endorphins running and with the witty writing and unique story-line with its tongue-in-cheek humor you'll feel satisfied till the very end when you'll be sad it's over.