Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game with RPG elements taking place in a dark fantasy universe, where you sneak, steal and assassinate your way through as Styx, a Goblin two-centuries of age.
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Release Date: Oct 7, 2014

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“Styx Master of Shadows is one of the best titles the infiltration genre has to offer.”
9/10 – HardcoreGamer

“Styx is a success thanks to its extremely varied level design offering multiple ways to play and thus a great replayability. The game also offers a rich atmosphere and allows you to control a hero that does not follow nowadays stereotypes.”
8/10 – Jeuxvideo.cοm

“In a lot of ways Styx is a hardcore stealth fan’s ideal game.”
7,2/10 – MMORPG

About This Game

Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game with RPG elements taking place in a dark fantasy universe, where you sneak, steal and assassinate your way through as Styx, a Goblin two-centuries of age.

Deep inside the vertiginous and multi-layered forsaken Tower of Akenash, where Humans and Elves protect the World-Tree, source of the Amber – a powerful and magical golden sap – is hidden Styx’ chance to understand his true origin... and to make a fortune at the same time.

Prowl through the huge, miles-high Tower of Akenash, completing various missions (assassination, information recovery, etc.) and avoiding detection. Progress in the shadows, assassinate your targets in close combat, or orchestrate «accidents». RPG mechanics let you unlock new powerful skills, impressive special moves, and an optimized equipment. Amber will grant you spectacular powers such as invisibility, «amber vision», and the ability to clone yourself. Explore the levels to discover every bit of information about your past, and steal prized treasures to acquire equipment upgrades. Embrace the shadows!

  • Mission areas featuring truly organic player path-finding
  • A strong focus on hardcore stealth and infiltration: progress through the shadows with a sense of verticality, and explore to find hidden treasures
  • Upgrade your skills along six unique skill-trees to improve your stealth, assassination, and technique.
  • Distract, solve, smother and prowl with your clone
  • An intricate story full of twists and revelations

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 3072 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 4.0 COMPATIBLE AMD RADEON HD 5850/NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 OR HIGHER
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION
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Frog
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
if you like Styx you will like this one
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kouwaivan
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
The only thing i hate in this game is the bug-like enemy.It is disgusting.
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BcB kickback.com
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game is a refreshing, fun take on stealth games with its flaws.

Pros-
Great stealth
Enjoyable gameplay
Many ways to beat a level
Open to creativity

Cons-
Horrible combat (should not be an issue if you play it as a stealth game....)
Bad voice acting
Story is weak (You are buying the game for the gameplay, not the story)
Clunky controls (especially annoying when you need precision to execute Parkour)

The Pros outweigh the cons. I'd recommend the game only to those that enjoy stealth games. It is great if you can get around the rough edges. I honestly think the game would be benefited by a longer development cycle. It has amazing potential.
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Dickbutt
( 27.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
If you like the stealth genre then you know good games are hard to come by. Dishonored is one of my favourites and Styx comes close. This is strange because honestly, this game has so much going against it.

Cons -

Terrible combat system (that's fine, because it's a stealth game, but the game still forces you into narrative combat that is unbearably frustrating.)
Really sketchy/buggy platforming
bad controls
an average story that could have been done better
poor quality cut scenes
terrible voice work (other than Styx, who I found entertaining.

Despite all this game has done stealth right. On Goblin difficulty, everything kills you pretty much instantly. There is almost no combat, because you simply die if you're caught. It's a really nice difficulty to put into a game for people who want to play a real stealth game. I also think the entire premise is just really interesting. You are severely underpowered, you are a 3 foot tall Goblin and pretty much everything else towers over you. You really have to use some ingenuity to get around that challenge. On sale this game is an exceptional deal, but I probably would be willing to pay full price now that I know how enjoyable it is.
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Matetrix
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
If you want to get into the world of a ♥♥♥♥-talking goblin that sneaks around killing humans with his big knife, posioning their water or apples, dropping chandeliers och stuff them into a chest, I got the game for you!

If you enjoy stealth games you really should get this game. But be prepared for a basically purebred stealth game because the combat system is obviously clunky and only really works 1 on 1 because if you face more than one, you're pretty much dead. Stealth at it's finest I say.

Go get it, a sequal is on its way and if it inproves on everything Styx got right, oh man am I looking forward to it.
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empheim
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Awesome. Do You know those games that slaught all npcs and say this is how to assasinate someone? It's not that kind of game. You're weak, you can't win if you fight more than 2 enemies at once. And sometimes even 1 on 1 situation can kill you. So you should assainate others, one by one, from shadows. Throwing sands, daggers, using power of ambers, making clone, hiding into barrels, hanging on windows, bridges, castle, fences...
And Yes, that's how you turn into Styx, Master of Shadows. Enjoy the game!
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melbourne_mau5
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Absolute must play for the stealth genre, it's rare to find a game that relies so heavily on a sole mechanic and Thief does this well with Stealth, failing to take a stealthy route - especially on the harder modes - will almost certainly result in your untimely death.

10/10
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ghost_warlock
( 27.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Be a monster.

Be the knife in the darkness.

Be that little twerp who can't fight for ♥♥♥♥, but will jump someone's ♥♥♥ from behind when they're taking a ♥♥♥♥.

That's who Styx is. That's the mindset you should have when playing this game. Avoid detection at all costs and shank a ♥♥♥♥♥ before they spot you...if you can't get by them any other way. Or just be a sneaky little ♥♥♥♥ and try to come up with funny ways to murder dudes twice your size without putting yourself at much risk - drop crates on their asses, poison their food, impale them with throwing knives. That sort of thing.

Do not try to engage them man-to-man. Remember, you ain't a man - you're a scrawny little goblin and even their lowly mechanics can hammer you to a pulp in a straight-up fight unless you stay on your toes the whole time. Feel free to gut their librarians and floor-scrubbers while they cower in horror, though. At least there's someone lower than you on the food chain...
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GodTrap
( 23.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Hardcore stealth game, if you play AC and think it's hard, just don't even try this game. The learning curve is incredibly steep and its easy to get detected. But, the game has really cool premise, the locations are also cool. The game is highly replayable and its pretty meaty.

Cons: You end up backtracking some of the levels, but since you're doing them backwards they hardly feel the same.

Recommend for hardcore stealth fans who appreciate a learning curve...
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timothystulken
( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game was fun. A game should aim to be fun, and this game suceeds in that. I'm not going to rave about it being the best stealth game ever or anything like that. It was good. It felt good to complete missions and provided some satisfying stealth puzzles to solve. I wouldn't buy it for the full $30 (it's a little too dated graphics wise for that), but definitely buy it for anything over half off. You will certainly enjoy it too.
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61 of 67 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This is a must-have game for stealth lovers. Nice story, no bugs, skill system. Everything looks fine & well made. Highly recommend it.
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51 of 53 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
60.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Stealth mechanics are really integrated in the actual videogame landscape, stealth games, not so much. Styx is a pure stealth game, not a game where stealth is an option, but a necessity. This doesn´t mean being spoted it´s an instant game over, but the game certainly doesn´t encourage that you do so, and there´s only a certain amount of enemies and situations that you can handle on combat. And this is one of the stronger aspects of the game, you´re a small goblin and the whole gameplay is based upon that premise. Styx doesn´t become in a killing machine instantly after buying some skills that affect the world but not him, you´re only in control of this small creature and he´ll always be a small creature, more suited to crawl under tables than to take on 4 guards at the same time.

Besides the original main character the game also has an amazing area design, taking full advantage of both horizontal and vertical structures, allowing for multiple ways to tackle most situations. Not all is gold tough, this game relies heavily on exploration and patience, if you don´t care for those things the game run time plumbers. There´s also some areas that you revisite, and players that don´t enjoy the previous things wil probably hate this even more.

In the end Styx: Master of Shadow is a passable game for non stealth fans, but if you´re one of them, Styx is def a sleeper title that hooks you up inmidiatly and one of the best current pure stealth experiences.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Best stealth game I've played

Usually a lot of stealth game nowadays are like "Yea, you can secretly kill people... OR YOU CAN JUST GO BADASS ON THEM AND KILL THEM ALL WITH YOUR MARTIAL ARTS AND GUN BLAZING!" But this game you can't do that. I mean, you could do that... But good luck, cuz the enemies actually attack AT THE SAME TIME instead of one by one, and you die in one hit by certain enemies.

Anyway, all in all this is a good stealth game, not perfect though because of their low budget, but good enough.

Only complaint is when I'm trying to secretly stack bodies, and one body so happen to just fling into the air and alerts a gaurd somewhere. Funny to watch, but annoying to play with. Oh yea you have to save a lot too.

If this review is being read at all and you're still not interested in this game, there will be a sequel to this game soon.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game is absolutely great. I have a few gripes, mainly about the jumping and different bits requiring platforming being extremely frustrating. Otherwise, this game is near perfect. I find it to be worth the 30 dollars, considering that even without replaying to unlock everything it is still a 40 hour game. I will warn you, this is a hard stealth game. If you get spotted, you will have a hard time trying to fight your way out. There is no going rambo when the jig is up, only escape and coming at the situation from a different angle.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
76.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This game has been out long enough that I feel there is little in the way I could add that someone else already hasn't. Still, I enjoyed it enough to finish and even full clear achievement-wise, so why not post a review?

Being a big fan of stealth games, and having played my fair share from as far back as the late 90s, I went into it slightly biased and at first was going to judge it more harshly than the conclusion I ultimately came to. I could parrot all the negative aspects of the game as those previously have done before, it certainly has its fair share. Infact, when I really think about it, I haven't played a game in recent memory that had as many things against it, yet seemed to pull itself together enough for me to recommend. It's not a gorgeous game. It doesn't do anything new. I can't even say for certain it has an actual soundtrack(I only recall one song, that played maybe twice throughout the entire game, save the title screen). The only thing that might actually be original, aside from your homely little green protagonist is there are no female characters AT ALL. But with such a small team working on this title(you could count the amount of voice actors on one hand), even that isn't surprising.

I will say that despite the lack of AAA game status, they didn't do too bad, when all is said and done. Alot of people complain about the combat, even though it's not a combat-centric game. You're supposed to sneak around, avoid detection, and kill silently, if you feel the need. The stealth kills are amusing enough, albeit I had more fun doing a mercy run second playthrough. I've read people have had issues with wall hanging, and while I certainly came across a few instances of cheap deaths resulting from the character just not being properly aligned with what I was moving toward, all the patches seem to have fixed the majority of this annoyance(it also helps to save often, it makes the game even more manageable). I will say that not being able to go around corners while hanging from a ledge, or even a dedicated button to transition from being atop a ledge to going into the hanging position is my biggest gripe of all, one that I hope will be addressed in future games.

But enough about gameplay, every review should atleast mention the story, right? The story starts off slow, somewhat confusing, and rather sparse at first, with the ending finally fleshing it all out. Despite that, it left me satisfied, even with the rather disappointing final boss. Styx is an origin story for the character of the same name in Of Orcs and Men. That, if nothing else, it does ably enough. It left me cautiously optimistic, looking forward to the upcoming sequel, Styx: Shards of Darkness. And in the end, isn't that what a game SHOULD aim to accomplish?

While I enjoyed it enough that I feel the full $30 price tag isn't unreasonable, I recommend getting it at a discount during this year's Steam Summer Sale, if you want a decent stealth/assassination game. It might surprise you. I give it a solid 8/10.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Styx the master of shadows

Dont give up after half of the game the story begins to be very interesting thats what got me to finish this game.

I like the main character hes funny and cool.

I died more then 200 times .

graphics 7/10
gameplay 8/10 its still a good steath game, but has its flaws
music 6/10 nothing special but its a stealth game lol
cutscenes/art mix 8/10 very cool art



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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
106.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Loved it! Deff worthwhile. Story was alright and felt a bit forced in a few parts, but overall very well done. beautiful level design, well crafted. Stealth game done right, really gives the player options of how they want to proceed through, quality challanges. Can't wait for the new one to come out :)

Big fan
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Be a monster.

Be the knife in the darkness.

Be that little twerp who can't fight for ♥♥♥♥, but will jump someone's ♥♥♥ from behind when they're taking a ♥♥♥♥.

That's who Styx is. That's the mindset you should have when playing this game. Avoid detection at all costs and shank a ♥♥♥♥♥ before they spot you...if you can't get by them any other way. Or just be a sneaky little ♥♥♥♥ and try to come up with funny ways to murder dudes twice your size without putting yourself at much risk - drop crates on their asses, poison their food, impale them with throwing knives. That sort of thing.

Do not try to engage them man-to-man. Remember, you ain't a man - you're a scrawny little goblin and even their lowly mechanics can hammer you to a pulp in a straight-up fight unless you stay on your toes the whole time. Feel free to gut their librarians and floor-scrubbers while they cower in horror, though. At least there's someone lower than you on the food chain...
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Fresh, original, interesting. I really loved the idea. I can even forgive a slightly disappointing stealth in this game. Why? Well, have you ever played a FREAKIN GOBLIN SNEAKING IN A FREAKIN TOWER KILLING FREAKIN HEAVILY ARMORED KNIGHTS WITH HIS FREAKIN GOBLIN POISON SPIT IN THEIR FREAKIN WATER AND FOOD? No? Well... Maybe because there JUST WASNT ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN, WELL, PAST 15 YEARS, NO? Or I just don't know much about PC games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
One of the hardest stealth games I have ever played. You're more likely to die from a chair in this game then dieing from the end boss of Dark Souls.
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