Early access review for 2015-1-20
Invisible Inc is an stealth game with roguelike elements, an interesting setting (Can't go wrong with some cyberpunk), and procedurally generated levels that will test your skill at stealth not by making you control a spy and sneaking around yourself, but by having you command a team of agents as they sneak around.
It is a somewhat unique game, as a tactical turn based stealth roguelike there is little like it. It manages to avoid the problem many stealth games appear to have, which is that every room is a puzzle to get through on its own with no relation to the rest of the mission, often with alarms cooling down after a few seconds of waiting and with oblivious guards. Invisible Inc is different. The alarm won't go down, the guards won't overlook you, and your agents aren't bulletsponges. In this game you will need to get through the whole facility and exit with your objective(Or without, if you fail it) preferably before the alarm is raised and all the guards come looking for you. To assist you in this, aside from your skilled agents, is the ability to hack into the building's security. You can take over cameras, drones, and almost everything electronic. It does stealth right - It's hard, it's lethal if you get spotted(But not impossible), and yet gentle enough that you can take risks and experiment with different tactics and builds to see how they perform and to push to the limits of your skill and the guard's vision.
Beware though, if you are easily discouraged, this may not be the game for you. It takes from roguelikes and if you lose your agents, that's the end of that run. An agent who dies can be revived in the mission with expensive medi-gel, if you can get to them before the guards surround them, but if you leave without them they are lost forever(Or until you start a new game, at least) The game is harsh, but fair. If your agents get shot, they go down. If you shoot a guard, they also go down. Guards who have seen you will actively hunt for you, and if you move too slowly your presence will be detected, and the alarm raised. You may also find that if you are not prepared, you are up against much better guarded facilities than you can handle.
All in all, it's very much worth a buy, offering a unique experience that will allow you to keep coming back to it. And what's more, the developpers seem to be dedicated to finishing it. On your main menu there is a countdown in days for when the next update will come around. So if you get tired, you know how long until you can get back in and explore again