Third Eye Crime is a game developed by Moonshot Games. In this game you will be taking on the role of Rothko a thief with a special advantage. He has the third eye, he can see where people are looking and he can also see the most likely places that people are going to look for him as he tries to stealthfully make it through 120 levels.
This game definitely has that Noire vibe, all though there's a bit more color that the normal Noire theme, you can definitely feel the sexy number who is all kinds of dangerous, but you feel the need to help her, and of course you quickly find yourself in a heap of trouble. The level designs vary to a degree that you are going to have to constantly be thinking of new ways to distract, mislead, and get away from the obstacles in the level.There's also something about the slide comics between levels that speak to me. It just further pullls you into the world, the environment, the pulse of the game.
The music, I know this is not going to be a big surprise, but it is the type of music you would have heard in one of those old detective movies, where you see the PI's door, and a tendril of smoke curling from the PI's desk.
The controls definitely show off the fact that this game can land on several different platforms. It is all about path planning. You will click on your character, Rothko, and then draw the line of movement that you will be taking to try to get through the level. There are also power-ups, or helpful distractions (that's what I like to call them) that you can place or use throughout a specific level to help you achieve your goal of finding the door.
What I will say about this game is that it doesn't completely swallow you in story, but it definitely has enough that you know what is going on, and what the twists and turns are in the game. The interesting thing about this game is that the difficulty of the levels, I believe, depends on the type of gamer that is trying to conquer the level. In my experience with the game there was definitely not a constant building difficulty to the game. There were some levels that I breezed through, but the very next one stumped me to no end. I do have to say that I enjoyed the fact that you could skip a level after failing a couple of times, but I will warn you, there is a very good chance that you are going to have to come back and beat that level anyways. You see there's a certain amount of levels in each chapter, and the only way to advance is to complete enough of the levels in that chapter.
To me probably the most difficult twist that they throw into the game, and don't worry its not going to give anything away, is the fact that you are going to get to a part of the game where you are going to have to help more than just Rothko to escape the level. That is where it really gets tricky for me. I apparently was always able to get one or the other out of the level, but never both. Oh speaking of ramping difficulty you will see a progression in the enemies that you are trying to avoid you will start with slow moving guards, but don't be surprised if and when the enemies that you are facing off against can gun you down, which of course makes the chances of outrunning the enemy damn near impossible.
There is one more thing that was added to this game that will of course have the perfectionists going wild. In each level there is a set of three badges. It of course is possible to complete the level without achieving any of the badges, but there are those out there, I know, who will want to get the perfect completion of the level. Some of the badges range from getting through the level in a specific amount of time, never being seen by an enemy, using one continuous path through a level, not taking a bullet, and so much more. Now I will be the first to admit that I have probably completed about 20ish% of the levels to perfection, so I don't know if there's anything special other than feeling accomplished, but you never know.
Alright so lets get down to the nitty gritty. This is a puzzle game that will have you tested in your skills of stealth. I will admit it is not for everyone, but if this seems even slightly in your wheelhouse you need to at least check it out, hell just go ahead and get the game, it is that good, and that challenging that when you come out the other end you will feel like a rockstar. So with that I have to give the game a 9.0 out of 10.