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 (125 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 14, 2014
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“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

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    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
25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
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 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
a very nice concept, though not perfectly excuted. the game is about completing some objectives while being stealthy, i have to admit that i really enjoyed the game and it took me almost an hour to complete it and unlock all it's achievements. the only annoying thing was how sometimes the guards could spot me behind a wall.

recommended and i wish the developers would give us more missions soon.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
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
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
If I had to describe Light to anybody, it'd probably be "Soliton Radar System: The Game." Those familiar with the Metal Gear Solid series will be familiar with the phrase and know what it means, but to the uninitiated, Light is a minimalist stealth game where your number one objective is to complete simple "find the item, hack the consoles" while staying out of the enemies' and cameras' cones of vision.

There's really not that much more to the game. Avoid cones, access data, and engage in a simple hacking mechanic to open doors and shut off cameras. Coming in at a very small twelve missions, it shouldn't take anyone who grasps the mechanics quickly enough that long to complete, and there's not really much else to engage with beyond getting better scores on each mission.

Light makes for a pretty fun one or two hour experience, but the price tag may be just a tad high for how little content there is and how simple the mechanics are. Had the hacking and disguise systems been fleshed out just a tad more and the narrative been a bit more involved, I'd have considered it somewhere close to the level of Gunpoint. At its current price however, it's probably best to hold off for a sale or permanent price drop before committing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
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, 2014
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
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Light is a top-down stealth game with a rather beautiful visual style. Despite its very simplistic graphics, and the representation of characters as squares, the game does a really good job with aestethics, pleasantly combining its blue-ish colour palette with nice shadow and lighting effects. The sound is equally minimalistic, with only a few sound effects being featured, while the music selection is ok and appropriate in the context, but after a while it can get quite irritating.
Over the course of around 12 missions, you will have to try and sneak around, avoiding patroling guards and security cameras while accomplishing your tasks per each map. These range from hacking a terminal to collecting intelligence, and often require getting to one specific computer, from which you can deactivate cameras and open locked doors, then backtrack or find the newely opened access point. Guards have a standard route they follow, and they don't deviate from it unless they spot you. This makes the game trial-and-error based, which can be quite fun an times, and frustrating at others. Wearing a disguise makes the guards' area of detection considerably smaller, so that it's much easier to navigate around the maps.
Killing guards is possible, but only from close range, and it's not recommended, since it will eventually alert other guards, and they will call for reinforcements. This will also considerably lower your score for each level, not that it matters in any way except for personal satisfaction. I played the whole game stealthily and avoiding detection, and it took me around 2 hours to complete the game 100%. If you don't attempt to do this, you might be able to finish it in under an hour. The plot is interesting, but sometimes confusing
In a nutshell, Light is a pleasant experience, and if you play it stealthily, it will boost both your satisfaction and your gametime (though not by much). However, considering its length, the 12 euro price is absolutely ridiculous. I got it in a Humble Bundle, so it's perfectly fine, but if I were to buy it individually, I would not spend more than 3 euros on it. My recommendation : wait for a 75% off sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Yes it's short-- and by short, I mean very short. But the developer has promised more content (they're a very small indie shop) so bear with them. In the meantime, try to get through the game without killing anybody (a pacifist playthrough). Try getting the Unspotted bonus in each level (or whatever it's called). Try actually reading the story instead of clicking through it. I promise it'll take more than 45 minutes if you do these things.

And if they actually release an editor for this game and allow the community to share levels? Then this game gets a whole new life.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Definitely NOT worth $13 USD, but if you get it on-the-cheap (like I did in a bundle), then it is worth it. It is fun, and quick to understand and play. This is a good casual game. The music is decent, and the soundtrack is included (maybe that is why the price tag is so high).

However, it is quite short. It feels unfinished; like, at the apex of the story it just kind of sputters and stops.

Nevertheless, I had fun with it for a couple of hours. Also, it is a casual, fun way to add an EASY PERFECT ACHIEVEMENT to your stats, as well.

Just don't spend $13 on it, for true.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Short, easy, minimalist top-down stealth fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
I loved the game it is realy fun wish they could add more levels fun to replay also.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Fun enough for a quick game. Feels a bit like a prototype that they decided to release as a full game. Rather abrupt ending that didn't really tie up the story. That being said, it is a perfectly functional game so the devs got that going for them I guess. Wouldn't pay $10 for it, but getting it in the Humble Bundle was totally worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
I'd like to say that, even if the game was kind of short, it was really fun to play!
If updates are to come and add more levels, I'll be happy to try them up!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Really short game (less than one hour to finish it with all the achievements) but it's a fun little stealth game :)

With more levels the price will be justified but for now buy it only on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
This game is as minimalist as it gets. It's quite short (you can finish it in uder an hour), the controls are simple, and the levels are rather small. Still, I recommend it; after all, a game doesn't have to be incredibly long, full of complex mechanics, or with huge levels to be captivating.

The art style, for example, is beautiful, and so is the soundtrack. It really sets the tone for a stealth game in which you sneak around hacking systems while trying to recover your memory. As far as the stealth system goes, you must avoid getting spotted by security guards and cameras; civilians won't do anything if the spot you. You must be aware of their patrols, and their range of vision; you can peek around to see if the coast is clear, and you can also use disguises. Although, unlike other games with stealth and disguises involved, using a disguise doesn't make the security guards friendly, they just reduce their range of vision (which means they'll spot you only when you're close to them). You can kill the guards (and even the civilians) and hide their bodies, but it won't go unnoticed, as you'll have some time before they send in reinforcements.

The hacking mechanic is also a simple one. You just need to approach the terminal you're willing to hack, and hold E until you hack it. After that, you can enter "Hack mode" even when you're away from the terminal, and, in this mode, you can disable security cameras and open locked doors.

The story is the typical "guy who lost his memory uncovers a conspiracy while trying to regain it", but it's still interesting, as you find notes and hack into systems looking for info about it.

In conclusion, it's a nice, albeit short, stealth game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
absolutely do not pay full price for this game, i rate it at between 7 cents and 25 cents in value.
this would get a meh to ok'ish on a free flash game site.
no saves, only checkpoints are the start of each level
only 10 relatively short levels, i wouldn't be surprised if a speed runner could do the whole game in 10-15 minutes.
most of your game time will be redoing levels trying to get the rythm of it.
as long as you are not spotted, camera'ed, and don't kill anyone you have infinite time, otherwise a 2 min countdown starts after which guards with cheat sight are sent after you. this is a non-issue for many of the levels since they are less than 2 minutes if things go well.
there is no real inventory except changing clothes if you find some or from a dead body, which cuts guard sight range in half, ie you can't look at a document other then when you pick it up
in some places there can be trouble telling between wall and non-wall art, also when first starting it take a while to get used to wall v glass wall. level score doesn't affect anything so don't worry about it.
the guards have something shotgun like but you will never wield a gun in game, just a near point blank melee kill.
there is no hacking minigame, just walk up to a terminal, hold a button to hack, press another button to login, click the checklist of cameras and door locks, and logout. some doors and cameras are not linked to a computer and therefore are not hackable.
no cutscenes or special ending, just level intro text, text when you pick up some evedence, and a very few npc dialogues.
i'm writing this 2014/11/15, the game may change in the future.
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