Armed with only your wits and a pair of Stealthing Goggles, it’s your job to sneak your way through a deadly facility that’s determined to extinguish your fragile little life.
User reviews: Very Positive (565 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 28, 2012

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About This Game

Stealth games are awesome. Hiding from The Man, skulking in shadows, the thrill of infiltration. But why do they have to be so... slow?


That was the question that spawned Stealth Bastard, the fast-paced, nail-biting antidote to tippy-toed sneaking simulators that the world had so desperately been craving. Now, building on the ideas sketched out in this unholy marriage of deft, wall-hugging stealthiness and insane break-neck platforming, we’re proud to bring you the bigger, better, shinier Stealth Bastard Deluxe.


Armed with only your wits and a pair of top of the range Stealthing Goggles, it’s your job to sneak your way through a deadly facility that’s determined to extinguish your fragile little life. With no weapons and no armour, being seen means instant death. Stay out of the light to avoid the attention of deadly security robots! Leap like a lusty salmon to avoid those zap-happy lasers! Think fast as the walls close in around you! Only the fastest and sneakiest will make it to the exit without being mangled by the facility’s security systems. Will you be among them?

Key Features

  • Campaign Mode: 80 levels spread across eight worlds, featuring tricky puzzles, platforming challenges and a wide range of sharp-eyed security bots who are entirely unsympathetic to your plight.
  • Dynamic Lighting: Stay in the shadows cast by Stealth Bastard Deluxe’s dynamic lighting system to escape the attention of enemies and security cameras.
  • Equipment: The Camo Suit, the Decoy, the Sonic Decoy, the Antilight and the Teleporters provide new ways of outfoxing enemies in every level.
  • Secrets: Find all the secrets hidden in the game to unlock new levels and equipment.
  • Leaderboards: Stealth Bastard Deluxe’s Global Leaderboard will determine once and for all who is best at games. Each level has individual leaderboards for playthroughs with and without equipment. You can also compare scores with your Steam friends using the Friends Leaderboard.
  • Level Editor: The level editor used to create Stealth Bastard Deluxe’s Campaign Mode is included with the game. Taunt friends and strangers alike with your hard-as-nails creations!
  • Online Level Repository: Levels created in the level editor can be uploaded to the online level repository, from where other people who own the game will download them automatically.
  • Steam Cloud Support: Pick up your save no matter where you are.
  • Achievements: An assortment of dastardly achievements, some obvious, some mind-bogglingly oblique. Will you get them all?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP2 or better, Vista, Win7
    • Processor:Dual Core 2.5Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 8.0 compatible
    • DirectX®:8.0
    • Hard Drive:250 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA/AMD GPU with 500MB+
    • Hard Drive: 300MB
    • Sound:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL-capable graphics card with valid driver
    • Hard Drive: 300MB
    • Sound:
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
tl;dr -> Besides Not the Robots, I haven't encountered a challenging, charming game that constantly ridicules you for being incompetent. 11/10 reminds me of my gf.

I was very excited to play this game because of the stealth platforming mechanics, and I was quite satisfied with my gameplay experience.

If you like platformers, puzzle/timing-based gameplay, stealth elements, speedruns, and a good challenge, then you will enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are nice - the amount of detail in the levels and character assets are decent. The levels can get repetitive in appearance, but the different puzzles you have to deal with help keep the game interesting. The music and sounds are very good and adds to the atmosphere of the game, although I prefer to play my own. An funny component of the game is text written on the walls - usually to help give you hints. Many times, however, it will change to mock you if you make a mistake and die.

The controls are simple and easy to learn - I prefer using a controller, but the keyboard is just as good. The story and tutorial is quick and helpful. The learning curve is minimal to moderate depending on your experience with puzzle platformers - there are quite a number of timing-based puzzles, and I think these are the most difficult (and frustrating) parts of the game. Every few levels introduce new gameplay mechanics, and these occur at reasonable rates.

Gameplay consists of you moving around the map, unlocking the door to the next stage by triggering switches - as you progress through the game, you will have to trigger more and more switches. There are a variety of areas, each with their own levels - at the end of each area is a "boss" level, where an all-seeing eye must be avoided. Your character's stealth goggles will change color to indicate how visible your character is (red = completely visible; green = hidden; yellow = partially visible). If you are seen by enemy robots, they will instantly kill you depending on how close you are - if you are within their field of vision (this will always be visible as you play, indicated by a triangular cone), but not their kill range, then they will investigate the area where they last spotted you. Cameras may activate hazards, usually an insta-kill laser. As you progress, you will have to manipulate more things in each level. For example, initially, you just have to avoid patrolling robots. Later on, you will also have to move the robots (using switches) to position them on top of pressure-sensitive plates, allowing you to reach other parts of the level.

Upon completing an area, you can replay levels you've already beaten to unlock new character suits for that stage. For example, after completing level 1-2 (area 1, stage 2) for the second time, you will unlock the stealth suit for that stage. If you unlock a suit for 3 levels of an area, you will unlock that suit for the entire area. Other suits include a teleporter - you can throw/drop 2 different teleporters (blue and orange); and a decoy suit - deploy a static image of yourself to fool cameras/robots. There is also a special collectible available in some of the levels, which take some extra work to get to.

One of the strongest aspects of this game is the variety of puzzles you encounter - the way each new element is introduced and implemented is very well done. I am on area 4, and there have been many new challenges to deal with - some drove me absolutely crazy. A word of caution - if you like puzzlers, but do not favor timing-based ones, then you may be turned off by a few of the levels. Although the puzzles can be fairly difficult, the game is not particularly unforgiving - the checkpoint system is very good and will ensure you do not have to backtrack too often.

Overall, Stealth ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ plays as a great puzzle platformer, and anyone interested in the genre - especially stealth themes and the potential for speedruns - should give this game a try.

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Stealth ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Deluxe is a stealth based puzzle platformer, and it's pretty damn good when it comes to meeting those basic criteria. You need to hide in darkness and pick your moments to leave cover so that you don't get detected. You have to solve a bunch of puzzles like moving blocks around through teleporters to put them onto switches so you can move through gates or deactivate lasers and that sort of thing. Lastly there's lots of carefully timed jumps to make so that you can get over lasers, saw-blades and robots. Some of the levels can be quite tricky, which makes it very rewarding to finally figure out a solution.

Despite being a great stealth puzzle platformer I still felt that my time hadn't been that well spent. The game is technically very good, but it's just not that enjoyable. When shadows are so important to a game, they somehow made them emanate at some really weird angles. It would have been nice if they made clear light sources so you could more easily see the platforms and predict the shadow that would appear behind them. I want to get caught and die because I'm bad at a game, not because of faulty physics making objects cast shadows at weird angles from no clear light source.

While playing this game, I kept feeling that I was a minion from the animated film "Dispicable Me", who had been thrust into a cheesy "Portal" knock-off. Why did it feel like a "Portal" knock-off? Stealth ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ is based on testing chambers through which you are guided by condescending text projections (lets not even mention the blue/orange teleporters) which were supposed to provide instruction and humour, but just came across as being pretentious. I know I should have expected some lame smack-talking humour from a game with a name like "Stealth ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥", but still, this game left me disappointed because the gameplay was pretty much spot on, but the style and mood was lacking and abrasive.

The bottom line? If you want a great stealth based puzzle platformer, then this game is for you, but only if you can get past being a minion in a poorly lit, and slightly Portal flavoured (though somewhat sour) testing facility.

5/10 would not test.

Please note: I played this entirely on my laptop on the train so due to poor mobile internet connections my play time might not be accurate. I played the game from start to finish.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
72.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
I am not ashamed to admit it - I really should not play tough-as-nails platformers like this. Games with insta-kill spikes and lasers are mostly just frustrating and annoying to me. Super Meat Boy - forget it. But SBD is something different.

I originally played it when it was released, but quickly gave up. But somehow the game stuck with me, I came back and I kept trying, played through the whole game, then played again to get A-levels, and now am trying to do as many S-levels as I can. I don't think I will ever get S in all levels but it doesn't really matter any more at this point.

The game is hard, but I like how you can spend as long as you want figuring out the levels first, and how to just complete them, and after that you can try again for a better score. The game does not stop you from proceeding further just because you suck a doing a level perfectly or really fast. You can just keep trying until you figure out the mechanics, and while this takes a lot of trying, with a bit of patience and thinking outside the box anyone can complete this game, and enjoy it along the way.

I really recommend this game for someone wanting a fun platformer that requires you to use your brain and not just OCD memorization of levels to complete.

And the dark sadistic humor is just top notch :)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Stealth ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Deluxe was one of the early games out of the Greenlight gate - prior to it becoming an open door three miles wide - and it shows how decent some of those first Greenlight games were. This was made in GameMaker Studio, but you can scarcely tell as the inventiveness on display here is outstanding, both in terms of art assets used and the gameplay itself. On the face of it, it's just another 2D puzzle-platformer in a market awash with titles from that genre, but this one has something a little different. The aesthetic is dark and brooding with a sharp sense of humour, suiting the setting well...and the soundtrack is similarly appropriate. But the gameplay is, as ever, the meat and potatoes.

Modern gaming is far from poor, but I've always felt that good level design is a dying art. Too many games are linear, have simplistic puzzling elements, and so forth. SBD bucks that trend in a big way, and while it is a puzzle-platformer, the emphasis is very much on the former. The level design is superb, and while it generally prizes planning and execution over multiple solutions, the puzzles are engaging and some of them are difficult. This is by far the greatest strength of the game, and it kept me on my toes for the entire duration.

The game has 8 chapters (2 more added with the recommended DLC), each with ten levels. The pacing is good, with each chapter focusing on a different gameplay element - whether it be an enemy, an ability or a level obstacle. It all comes together very well with the difficulty being scaled well. The gist is that you need to guide your very fragile clone through this series of levels and make it to the exit, often via reasonable complex paths that are not immediately obvious. You will die (a lot), but you'll also learn and the game never outright punishes you more than once.

The replayability is excellent. Once you complete levels in a chapter a certain number of times, you get access to pieces of equipment that you can replay the levels with - including camo suits, teleporters, and several others. They're particularly useful in finding the expertly hidden Helices, collectables that unlock an extra level at the end of the chapter. Getting an S Rank (no easy feat) on all levels does the same. The helices are often ingeniously hidden, and I'd recommend trying to find them all without a guide whenever you can.

There are a few downsides. The platforming is solid but unspectacular, with the controls feeling quite 'floaty' at first with momentum being something to get used to. Sometimes you'll be undone by an accidental button press when on a good run, or just not quite pushing something far enough. The DLC, while extremely fun, is also infuriatingly difficult compared to the main game.

I have a lot time for this game. The setting won't be for everyone, and the backgrounds can get bland towards the end of the game, but the variety and creativity being showcased here really impressed me. If you like the genre, I'd suggest buying it immediately if you want to be tested without having to rely on crazy reflexes. It used to be a hidden gem on Steam, but I'm glad that more people have now been exposed to Stealth ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Deluxe via bundles and the recently released sequel. It has all the qualities that deserve attention.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
When I think of Stealth games, I of course, think of Metal Gear, the series that spawned the genre. When I heard of this game, and how it brings aspects of stealth with platforming and quick thinking, in a timed environment that is fast paced, I was immediately interested. I was able to buy this game and was not disappointed with what was promised. The game is challenging, with a good difficulty increase rate, the equipment is helpful when you know when and where it's appropriate to use it, the everpresent self challenge of beating your times, pushing yourself to think quicker and outsmart the system is amazing and the music is fun to listen to. I bought the bundle with the soundtrack and Teleport Chambers. The controls work depending on how you like to keybind. The default is with arrow keys and Z for movement and jumping. I didn't like that, but Curve put in the option to customise controls. I now play with WASD and Space. Windowed mode also allows you to use the mouse in the menus, which is more efficient for me. The game has charming aesthetics and design. The game has a tendency to talk to you by means of text on the walls in a manner that seems a lot like the sarcasm of GLaDOS. Level design is usually very fair and brilliant. Figuring out the puzzle of each chamber is rather satisfying, especially with bosses. Whether you refer to the game by the PC name 'Stealth ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥' or the console name 'Stealth Inc.', it's a great game. Most definately worth the price, but if you can catch it during one of Steam's famous sales, it would be great. You could even buy some copies for your friends whilst picking it up for yourself at the same price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Puzzle difficulty: had to check YouTube in order to solve a few/10. Still a nice game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Nice music, great gameplay. Very recommended.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
buy the game

Laser n stuff! :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Probably a good game. It has its own pros and cons. If you are a light gamer who just casually likes to play 2-D games and happen to like Stealth too, this game is for you. But if you are an achievement hunter and would wanna buy this game just for the achievements, I suggest you to think it over. The game is addictive when it comes to getting the achievements. Getting all the S-Rank being perfecting a level at its best. You'd be like "Oh! lets me perfect it" and then after you do the whole level at the end you die "There we go! I wont get my 1:xx minute of my life back" so ya. Its just frustrating for that. I have spent an average amount of time in this game. Understanding the mechanics and everything takes sometime and practice. You'll have to repeat a level so many times that sometimes you just feel like "Perhaps I'll leave this game for another day". This game has potential and there is gonna be a new 2nd part. Im excited but skeptical at the same time. Its fun with the gadgets and different levels. But definitely not worth repeating it over 50 times just for the S-Rank. People have completed each achivement and its good too.

Anyways would recommand 7/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Fun for the whole family!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
If you're into retro platformer games where you have to rely on stealth in order to survive, then Stealth ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Deluxe is definitely worth a look, especially considering it's less then two bucks at the moment thanks to Steam sales.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Bought this game cause it looked hilariously dumb
Kept playing cause it was ridiculously fun
10/10 would tactically stealth again
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
good game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Pretty simple stealth platformer. You need to stick to shadows while solving problems to escape the level and avoid both cameras and enemies. 5-6 equipment unlocks for each stage means there's definitely replay value if you're not one to try and beat times. Music isn't the kind of thing I normally like, but it really goes well with the setting.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
If Super Meat Boy had stealth levels, it would be this game. I say this not in anger. It is a really neat game. It is especially good if you have a lot of friends who also 'gotta go fast!' as there are both 'World' and 'Friend' leaderboards. Merely completing a level is not enough as you must achieve an 'S' rank in a level in order to unlock everything. Achieving an 'S' rank is appropriately hard and takes into account time completed, times spotted, and deaths. I endorse this cool game.
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103 of 110 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 4, 2014
Quick Edit: there is some bullocks rule against the term for a child whose parents aren't married, so I will be editing my review accordingly

I have had Stealth Illegitimate Child for a long time now, and I am not entirely sure why I left it on the backburner. It has some humor, a nice art style, and solid gameplay. I barely paid anything for it, and that’s really a shame. With all this fuss over engines and production values, it’s a shame that very few developers actually work towards making a substantial game that is more flesh than flash.

Stealth Edmund from Shakespeare's King Lear is a mix of puzzle, platforming, and stealth (of course) that takes cues from greats like the Portal series. Though there are definite shades of Glad0s written on the walls, Stealth Fitzroy manages to carve out its own identity. This game relies more on hasty stealth rather than the slow sneaking that other games of the genre tend to have. However, despite how much speed is required and encouraged, it is all still just as calculated as any other stealth game: there all kinds of hazards, patrolling guards, and time sensitive obstacles that will kill your clone over and over again.

There is lots of replay in the form of unlocks and leaderboards. Meeting certain goals, finding helices, and so on determine the gear that you can unlock to replay a level. The gear changes gameplay a bit, and making a top score might be a reward in itself if you so with it.

It is interesting that I finished this game after The Swapper. Both deal with similar subject matter and share at least one gameplay aspect (puzzle platforming), but they seem to handle it in a different way. Whereas The Swapper focused on the self and what it is to be, Stealth Son of Henry I has its own message delivered in a less subtle way. The game, while humorous, is quite dark. The sparse narration, wall writing, and gameplay all have some heavy implications.

It was my mistake not to play this game sooner: it’s a delightful challenge with character at a great value.

*The DLC: I will leave the soundtrack up to the individual to decide, but The Teleporter Chambers are a must buy for fans: the freedom and strategy are raised along with the challenge.
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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
SBD is a fast-paced 2D stealth platform game, featuring brutal hazards, ruthless enemies, fiendish puzzles and red pixels galore. This is an expanded and much-polished remake, but despite the instant premise it takes a good few levels to warm up, as the opening takes its time to explain the basics when the stealth mechanic is really quite simple. You're either in the gloom and not visible, in dull light and partially visible, or in bright light and fully visible. Levels are made up of dark corners and big bright expanses, with all sorts of cubbyholes and grey areas in-between. They're all filled with switches, cameras, lasers, turrets and sensor beams that interlink, as well as light sources and terminals that need hacking. These ostensibly simple and easily-manipulated elements will kill you so many times it's untrue. SBD's that kind of game.No individual stage is too hard once you’ve figured out the gimmick, and the generous checkpointing lets you throw yourself into the action. Complete levels multiple times and you unlock toys such as holographic decoys to help bypass obstacles. First time through though, you’re on your own.SBD is almost worth playing for its Metal Gear-baiting subtitle, ‘Tactical Espionage ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥’. Its mix of platforming and stealth, while both have been done better in more focused games, isn’t a bad reason either. It’s frustrating at times, but the kind where anything that looks impossible is usually a clue that you’ve not found the gimmick yet. A little more narrative wouldn’t have hurt, given the games in whose footsteps it treads. In the end though, you’ll be too busy dying to really care about the reason why.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Rating 9/10
Overview: 2D Puzzle Stealth Platformer

The Good:

+ The game does a fantastic job of mixing puzzle elements with platforming elements with stealth elements. All of this comes together in a complete package designed to challenge you.

+80 levels across 8 sectors

+ Each Sector introduces a new gameplay mechanic that adds to the challenge and fun. As you progress through the levels these mechanics are put to more creative uses.

+ Each level contains a collectable, get all the collectables in a sector to unlock a new level.

+After completing a level you are graded based on three factors, time, deaths and number of times being spotted. S -Rank is the highest rank you can achieve. Achieving S Rank in all levels in a sector unlocks a new level. This provides plenty of replay ability to the game.

+ Different equipment to experiment with. Some equipment allows you become camouflaged, use a decoy, teleport etc. All of this is strictly optional, in fact to get an S-Rank you have to use no equipment, but it is nice they included these options for anybody who wants to try them out

+Level Editor to make your own levels and share.

+Lots of fan made levels that can easily extend your playtime

+ Game provides a cute story that fits nicely with the game

+Great music

+Surprisingly addicting.

The Bad:

-Some minor glitches,

- Getting S-Rank in certain levels requires some luck

- The game can get frustrating at times, especially if you are trying to unlock everything

Conclusion:
I really loved this game mainly because I knew so little about it when I started. Though the game is called Stealth ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, "stealth" is a bit different than what you normally expect as this game is also about speed and precision platforming. What makes this game so good is how they were able to combine all these different elements together and make a great game. If you are interested in any of these elements than I strongly recommend you check this game out.


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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
43.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Great little puzzle platformer. The difficulty curve is nice and keeps the game interesting and challenging. Easy to get into, tricky to master but not impossible. Has quite an 'old school' feel to it. Good stuff!
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