Stealth, Hack, Steal - Light combines unique game mechanics, atmospheric visuals & a gripping narrative that breathes new life into a much loved genre. Combat is your last option & technology your first, can you evade capture & solve the mystery? - Step out of the shadows and into the Light.
User reviews: Mixed (109 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 14, 2014
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July 18

Soundtrack Now Free With ALL Light Purchases

Test Subjects!

You may have noticed an update for Light has been published today. This update adds the Light soundtrack to the Light game directory on your computer.

Wherever you installed Light, you'll now find a folder within it called "Soundtrack". This will also apply to anyone who purchases Light from Steam in the future.

Enjoy!

Mike_Team17

P.S - Huge kudos to Gavin Harrison Sounds for putting this together - go check out his bandcamp: http://gavinharrisonsounds.bandcamp.com/

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July 17

Thank You! More content on the way...

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Danny from Just a Pixel here.

Thank you for all the feedback so far on the game, and to everyone who's
picked up a copy!

We just wanted to let you know that we are working on a free update...."

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Reviews

“Light represents an exemplar blueprint for the genre”
4/5 – Hardcore Gamer

“Light is just a joy to play and experience. So full of charm”
8/10 – God is a Geek

“It’s one of those games whose charm can’t easily be resisted”
3/5 – Game Revolution

About This Game



Step into a sinister world of corruption, deceit and shadowy organisations! Light casts you in the role of a man with no memory. After waking up in a strange yet familiar location it’s clear that something’s very, very wrong. Who are you? Where are you? Perhaps most of all, what happened to you? As the protagonist in Light you must use stealth and cunning to navigate around a wonderfully minimalistic-looking environment. Can you succeed in your quest and thwart a plan on a global scale?

Don’t just avoid detection, use subterfuge as well. Hack computer terminals to disable security cameras, lock and unlock doors and more. Collect data, fragmented e-mails, memos and scientific reports to slowly piece together the story of Light.

Light combines unique game mechanics, atmospheric visuals and a gripping narrative to breathe new life into a much loved genre. Combat is your last option and technology your first, can you evade capture and solve the mystery? Do you have what it takes to step out of the shadows and into the Light?



  • Challenging Single Player - Light features a challenging single player story as you work through over ten levels attempting to evade capture, hack computers and steal classified documents. Infiltrate research labs, escape prisons, outwit security officers inside shopping malls and break into heavily guarded server farms!
  • Replay levels to increase your score and rating.
  • Immersive Stealth Mechanics - Use your surroundings to evade capture in this minimalist-looking action-stealth game. Use your sight to locate the whereabouts of would be pursuers and deftly avoid detection. Make the system work for you, as you hack your way through levels. Can’t avoid a security camera? Simply hack it!
  • Stash unconscious guards in cupboards or simply overwrite electronic locking systems to ensure other guards can’t enter rooms. See everyone and everything’s line of sight. View every footstep and blend in with the crowd by donning disguises and mingling with non-threatening civilians and office workers that litter each and every level.
  • Involved storyline to be uncovered by the player - start the game with a blank canvas. It’s up to you to discover not only who you are, but what is happening too. Even as you slowly piece together the story and events leading up to where the game starts you’ll soon realise you not only have to work out what is happening but find a way to stop it.
  • Enjoy the story in fragmented snippets that require you to knit them all together. Deploy stealth, hack computers and steal documents to uncover the truth about project Light!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000, Nvidia GeForce GT 7800, ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
    • Additional Notes: Note: In some instances, systems may require model specific drivers. If your system manufacturers no longer support hardware under this category, it may not be possible to run this title. Should this be the case, we are unable to assist you and recommend that you pursue support from your respective system manufacturer. This issue is most common in laptops and is prevalent with select products from most leading manufacturers.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Processor: 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 9400m
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000, Nvidia GeForce GT 7800, ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
108 of 119 people (91%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
I want to recommend this, I really do. I really loved the idea of this. The sneak/hack genre is wonderful. My problem is that I have completed the game in 48 minutes. That includes some interruptions as well. There is simply not enough content here to justify a game. At the end, I wondered if I was just playing the demo.
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61 of 72 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
So, let me share my thoughts, especially seeing that many red "Thumbs Down".

"Light" is a tiny indie game made by just a few people according to the game credits.
It's a sneak'n'hack game about an escaped test subject. Controls and gameplay are pretty simple. You sneak using WASD avoiding guards and cameras, can unlock the doors (E), hack (Q), kill guards and civilians (SPACE), hide their bodies (2) and change outfit (3). You will also find and read some documents to understand what happened to you. That's it if I don't miss anything.

Gameplay, story, music and minimalistic cyberpunk'ish graphics style are pretty satisfying, I can definitely say I enjoyed them all as well as the game on the whole. Yes, the game is short and won't take much your time to be completed on 100%.

Pros:
+ Simple controls
+ Nice-looking cyberpunk'ish graphics
+ Story (despite it might seem typical)
+ Soundtrack (special thanks to Gavin Harrison !)
+ Short (yeah, it's a + as I don't need to put dozens of hours into a tiny game)
+ Easy to beat for 100% (apparently, a + for anyone who isn't indifferent to achievements)

Cons:
- Short (I doubt anyone would complain if the game were longer)
- Pricey
- Low replay value

I'm literally forced to pay attention to the price. Yes, guys, I agree the game is pricey. I also understand some disappointment and comments and reviews saying "lack of content", "too short" and agree. Store page is a really promissing one and raises your expectations from the game. My thoughts were like "Ouch, it's like a mix of my beloved Monaco (50+ hours played) and Frozen Synapse (well-known and highly acclaimed by critics and players), I should check in out". That's why I've purchased and played "Light".
However, I don't think the fact the game is pretty expensive (for the content it offers) gives the right to leave a "Thumbs Down". I enjoyed this tiny game (I'd especially highlight its music), got a +1 perfect game, learned several new English words (despite it has a Russian localization, I played it in English), didn't invest much time in it and I've also supported indie game developers. I don't regret doing all that and in general cannot say anything bad about "Light", that's why - my "Thumbs Up"!

Some notes/recommendations to developers:
Add more content and reduce the price. Seriously. Mentioned Monaco offers you a huge amount of multi-level missions, 8 characters, up to 4 players online co-op, story with its charm and humour as well as soundtrack by Austin Wintory, Steam-features like leaderboards, cloud, Workshop + level editor but is still priced less. Something is wrong here ...
• Probably, add more achievements (to pass each level unspotted / under some defined or devs' time / to kill all guards on a level etc). At least it will increase players' playtime and will add some challenge. This point completely depends on your attitude to achievements and your fantasy/creativity :)
• Probably, add Steam leaderboards (competition spirit, you know). I doubt it will be worth doing, but still, that's what comes to my mind

P.S. You won't lose anything if you don't play this game, but you will likely enjoy it if you do. And Steam is not the place where you can complain about the price. Even just released games are offered literally tomorrow with a good discount (my example: bought Asteria that was released a bit more than a week ago with a -75% coupon received for badge crafting). Countless bundles popup almost every day. You're warned multiple times about the price and content mismatch, so you are free to buy the game when it's on sale or comes to a bundle. Then you'll be more prone to share some love with "Light".
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65 of 81 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Completed game in 0.6 hours played. Good concept, terrible execution.

http://i.imgur.com/4SYwmbD.png
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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Why don't I recommend this game? Simply because it just feels too short.

In terms of visuals, gameplay mechanics, etc, The game is fantastic as I like stealth games. It doesn't really look like anything else in my opinion. If the game had 2 maybe 3 times more levels, I'd definitely recommend it.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
In all honesty, the game is too short for the price. It was fun but that only lasted for half an hour. You can probably get more out of it if you're one who likes to set leaderboard records. Other than that, I really think that this game needs workshop in order to generate the amount of content that would make this a worthy title at the suggested price tag.

I recommend that you get this game but only during a sale or a bundle (at least until workshop or user-generated levels are added in).

3/5
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
You have to go through 12 levels, so one hour should be enough to complete the stealth-and-hacking game and get 100% of the achievements. You can try to get the best score for each level (avoid guards, do not kill anybody, do it as quickly as possible, ...), so you might play more than one hour, but not that much. The story is fine, there are trading cards, but that's it : this "game" looks much more like a "demo", but not a full game.

I can't help thinking that paying 12€ for a one-hour game is not something a lot of people would be willing to do. I got this game in a bundle, so that's fine, but I can't recommend people to buy it as long as the price is above 1€. This game is good, I would like to recommend it, but it is too expensive (at the moment) and it needs more content.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Although the game is good, the content is lacking. The game can easily be completed in one sitting, no high doses of caffeine to stay awake needed. i managed to complete half the game in 0.3 hours before I grew slightly bored.

The missions tend to be the same, sneak in, avoid people and cameras, silently kill and disguise yourself and then hacking terminals. Once all terminals are hacked, and items found, you can go to the exit. The game is very much a 2D hitman with lots of colour and less things to do - there are no special ways of disposing of the security other than just normal attacking or silent attacking. The idea is good, but so much more could have been added - such as trip mines then using a distract ability to get the security to run over the trip mine to get to a noise you made.

I would recommend the game if it was cheap, but the current price is just asking too much for such a simple and quick to beat video game. It is very much something you would have seen on a Flash Game website.
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35 of 60 people (58%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MCJhq41KiM&list=UUoI2I6avZGKSGu2MvmXw3eg

This game is Splinter Cell's or Watch Dog's map panel coming alive and playable. I played this game for the first time in February, an alpha version and it has come a long way. It's simple and clear, a stealth game, get to your targets as fast as possible without being noticed. The more you can stay unnoticed the more points you will get for completing each level. You will either love or hate the style, if you don't like minimalist aesthetics you clearly should not buy Light. I for one appreciate when things are done right and the minimalist graphics are great in Light. The only real complain I have is the lack of a "soft" introduction to what is going on. A short cinematic with voice over. Something that would go well with the game aesthetics. Instead you immediately start playing the game with the tutorial (where some of the story is explained). That and the lack of more levels. The game feels short for what you are paying, almost making me "not recommend" the game for now.

Pros
- aesthetics, love it or hate it, in it's own style it's very well done
- there's no distractions or bull***t, you have a job in each mission that's what you should do
- soundtrack, I loved it, goes very well with a stealth game
- the field of view is very well done

Cons
- the game feels incredibly short. I am in hopes the development will bring more levels and updates
- I would have liked a more soft introduction to the story like a short cinematic
- your character opens the door just by getting close, in some situations I would have liked to be able to control that
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I got this in a Humble Bundle, and as a freebie, it's an OK game. It is very easy, though, and as many others have reviewed, I completed it in just over 30 minutes, plus another 10 to figure out why I missed the last achievement. I'd only recommend it if you are a achievement / perfect score collectionist, or it is a freebie.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Took me 35 minutes to finish. I pity whoever paid a full price for this.

It's a very short game with minimalistic design and very little content. It feels more like a glorified demo. Get Monaco instead.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
This is a great game...

But is not worth $12.

I wish I could recommend this. I really do. It's just that this isn't worth it.

PROS:

Very fun stealth mechanics
More Detail to Line of sight than some of the "AAA Games"
Interesting Story

CONS:

The entire game takes about 100 minutes if you are ok at playing (like me)
There is no mode in here except story
The replay value is moderate


Overall:

6.5/10


But if the price is dropped, and the game adds new modes, like missions or multiplayer, then this game will be a 10/10
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22 of 38 people (58%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Played the prototype they had a couple of months ago, and playing the finished game is just great. Great minimalistic look, tight controls and nice hacking in the heat of the moment to open doors, acquire data, shut security cameras off so you can find the information you need and escape. the stealth mechanics are simple and great, as you see in the pictures it's all about the enemies field of vision and, you, and the objects between the two, don't be in their vision and use the surrounding objects to hide from them. One cool thing too is that you can knock anyone out and wear their cloths to disguise your self in front of security cameras (not enemies though) and hide their dead bodies in like a closet. The story is also nice where you have lost your memories and are set to acquire more information about yourself and the company that's out to capture you. Didn't finish the game, so i don't know how many levels there are, but so far I'm liking the game. Wouldn't mind seeing a level editor with Steam workshop to have a lot of community levels.

Update: Just noticed you see all the levels in the begging, there are 13, and I'm half way through. Knowing how many levels there is (that get harder the further you progress), it isn't that many concidering i finished 7 of them in less than an hour. Although replaying them is a thing i would probably do. So all n all i like the game, but wether you think it's worth the 13$ (sale 9$) is up to you i guess. For me it's a ok purchase, and like how the game plays. Will definitly recommend buying it if there was an editor for players to make their own levels, then it would be high on my recommendation list.

Update 2: Finished it, all good, but at the moment, a good 5 dollars is the good price for this game. Unless they add an editor. Update 2.5: They're adding an editor, no date for the update yet.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
This game will last you less than an hour. That wouldn't be a problem if the experience packed into that hour was socks-rockingly great. But it's not - it's aggressively mediocre in all aspects but soundtrack.

The story is eye-rollingly unconvincing in the same way that kid at school whose dad totally worked for Nintendo was unconvincing. Worse, it's told clumsily (e.g. confidential project journal entries printed out and scattered in the company's lobby, to name one of the less stupid moments). The gameplay looks interesting, but in the absence of level design to hold it together ultimately boils down to "run around, tap at yellow things, avoid red things". The guard AI is dull and seems to have been rostered from extremely nearsighted personnel who all forgot to bring their contact lenses to work. The "hacking" looked cool in the trailer but does not actually lead to any interesting possibilities, instead acting as a red-key-blue-key-green-key series of hotspots.

The soundtrack is pretty good, though.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Wow, great game! Why then am I saying don't buy it? Because it's an hour long. It's also not really challenging at all. I failed 3 levels and the rest I passed on my first try. What we have here are a team of great artist, composer, programer and project manager but completely lacking a dedicated or talented level designer(sorry to offend this person). The game just isn't long enough or challenging and without a massive community of mod makers this game is theft at $9. If you can get it for $5, go for it.

I will definitely buy the inevitable multiplayer sequel.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
Light is a short and simple 2D stealth game.

It's fairly easy, and gives you the option of completing most stages how you like. You can avoid killing completely or kill everyone. You can go sneak around undetected or make a run for it.

In each of the 12 levels, you are tasked with completing 1-4 objectives before exiting the level. The only fail condition is that you get killed by one of the guards. The whole game, and all achievements, can be completed in about an hour.

The graphics are sleek and simple, and if you don't like the effects, you can turn them off in the options menu. The music is good too, which is great, because the developers include the soundtrack for free.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Nice concept and honestly thats all it is a concept the total game time is 45 minutes. Its really not worth the price its listed at or even the reduced price currently.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
One of the coolest games I have played. I love the way you have to strategize and "hacking" and stuff makes it so much more fun. It is a short game on the other hand but some levels were challenging. But I did beat it in a little over 30 mins. The style, soundtrack, and gameplay are amazing. If they made a light 2 I would most likely buy it. It makes me feel like a spy when I play this. I reccommend and I would rate this game 10/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
A nice puzzle game but from my point of view to less content. Playtime for completing compain: around 1 hour.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Overall this is an enjoyable game, but the stealth aspect means it can also get frustrating, and I kind of felt like the story wasn't fully explored/resolved after I reached the end. So my opinion is a bit more neutral but certainly not negative, hence the "yes" recommendation. Basically, you have to sneak your way past guards and security cameras, hacking computers as you go to open doors or turn off cameras, in order to clear a set of basic puzzle-like levels that involve gathering information and such to figure out why you're in the situation you are here. The better you are at hiding and remaining unseen, and the faster you complete the levels, the higher your score. You can see the cones of view of guards and cameras though, which helps in figuring out when and where to move. Combat is an option though, and you can kill guards or bystanders and disguise yourself as them, though this typically decreases your score. It also frequently triggers a 2-minute countdown until reinforcements arrive, meaning you'll likely be in more trouble if you can't finish the level before then. The story was nice and the music was good, both of which helped keep my interest especially when I had trouble passing levels. The graphics and game mechanics are simple, but those seem to work in the game's favor, making it easy to understand and play.

However, the game is on the short side, as many reviews before have said. As I write this, there are only 12 levels in the game and they didn't seem particularly large, but I've read that the develers do plan to add more content. Once you figure out how to clear the levels, they're probably only a few minutes long each, at most. It took me a bit over 3 hours to finish the game while trying to remain undetected and not killing people if I could avoid it. I'm not sure how some people are finishing this in less than 1 hour -- maybe I'm just bad at stealth games and/or they're really good at them. But for me, it was a decent length even if it did involve replaying the same few levels a bunch of times, and wasn't as frustrating as some stealth games can be for me.

Also, there doesn't seem to be very much replay value here. Sure, you can replay levels trying to improve your score, but that probably isn't much fun after a while. Achievements aren't a big draw here either, as you'll get 12 out of 13 simply by clearing each level in the game. I guess figuring out the last one is the trick. But once you complete the game, there doesn't seem to be very much to encourage you to replay it.

The price may be the biggest drawback here: $13 is a lot to pay for a 12-level game with limited replay value that can be completed in a few hours if you're not a good player and less than 1 hour if you are. It does come with the soundtrack (in .wav format though), which helps cover the price a bit, but it still seems like the $/hour value here isn't that great, especially if you're good at stealth games and end up breezing through this. I got this in a recent Humble Bundle and at the effective price I paid there, I think it was worth it. But given the length/duration/replay notes above, I wouldn't suggest paying full price for this -- watch and wait for a sale instead. I think you'll enjoy this game a lot more, whether or not you're a fan of stealth games, if you can get it at a nice discount.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I love stealth games overall. Love hiding almost forever and waiting for right moment.

Light has interesting and simple visuals, i am ok with it, there is a lot space left for players imagination and i like imaginate :).
Light has very nice alectronic ambient soundtrack, i like it.

Also Light is very short (no more 2-3 hours if you try to be really stealth and if you do not kill anyone, it is really hard in this case), but i am ok with it too.

Light has very nice and interesting story.

But stealth in Light, which is primarily stealth game, was a huge dissapointment for me. You can change your suit (aka disguise) for suit of killed civilian or guard. But no matter if you do or not, guards and cameras allways detect you as enemy.

You can kill and hide everyone in cabinets, toilets etc., but every time you kill someone a message "reinforcements arrive in 2:00 minutes" will pop up, no matter if you kill someone in crowded room or in a lonely place.

You can't go "under" cameras and stay undetected while staying in place, which is one of basic stealth mechanics.

Guards are able see you (even walk!) through opened door if you hide behind them.

This is how stealth really should not be done, imho. Someone wrote "nice idea, terrible execution" and unfortunately i must absolutely agree. Moreover there are a lot of games which primarily are not stealth, but they are much more enjoyable in stealth than this "stealth" game.

More than complete game it seems to me like just proof of concept ... but this concept is very very unfinished in this case :(.

Conclusion:

Overall dissapointed, moreover because this is my first "not reccomending" review on Steam.
Moreover because i am huge fan of stelath mechanics and stealth games.
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