You are Jillian Cleary: an ex-spy on the run, framed for treason and hunted by your former agency. You must move in secret, survive off the grid, and find a way to clear your name. Old friends and new allies will lend their support; but with the eyes of the world upon you, who can you trust?
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Overall:
Very Positive (120 reviews) - 83% of the 120 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 20, 2015

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Reviews

“[NEON STRUCT] unfurls with unusual grace and elegance, and breaks its player into rare places of political questioning within the medium.”
Eurogamer

“A well created world with a wonderful art style, fascinating gameplay, and an intriguing story to wrap it all together.”
Indie Haven

“What if Deus Ex had been like Liberty Island throughout? NEON STRUCT.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

About This Game

You are Jillian Cleary: an ex-spy on the run, framed for treason and hunted by your former agency. You must move in secret, survive off the grid, and find a way to clear your name. Old friends and new allies will lend their support; but with the eyes of the world upon you, who can you trust?

Stealth

Keep in the shadows, move in silence, and stay out of sight. Escape from tight situations by scrambling your enemies' vision. Enhance your performance with black market stims.

World

Explore a concrete-and-neon brutalist vision of the modern surveillance state. Undertake eight missions spanning two continents. Meet a diverse range of interesting characters.

Music

Featuring an 18-song soundtrack by electronic rock band The Home Conversion.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0-compliant device with 512MB memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card, GeForce 9/Radeon HD 3000 series or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.7 Lion or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1-compliant device with 512MB memory
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card, GeForce 9/Radeon HD 3000 series or better
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (120 reviews)
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Hallainzil
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
A really good first person stealth game. Clearly inspired by Deus Ex, it strips everything back to a minimal experience that works surprisingly well.

The only real mechanic here is stealth - there's no way to blast your way through levels. If that's not your thing, then it's probably not for you. It is my thing, however, and this scratched an itch for me that no other game has in quite a while.
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pondlake
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
I really wanted to like it... but I didn't. It clearly is inspired by Deus Ex and very artsy. But the package as a whole is dissapointing. The gameplay sucks, it's slow and repetitive. The story is like you would expect but nothing spectacular with a weak ending. And all the misplaced feminism didn't help either. Big disappointment overall.
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sfranse
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Great style, great stealth, great music.
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ntrlpr
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Cyberpunk stealth with a pleasingly minimal aesthetic. While not particularly difficult (suffering from frustratingly myopic, forgetful guards common to many stealth games), the level design and gadgets allow a non-linear approach to completing missions. With subtle subquests, unobtrusive collectibles and a decent dystopian storyline, including several clever ending variations, one can be forgiven for comparing this to the likes of Deus Ex. It is much less gritty, less serious and less complex, but highly enjoyable.

Plus, the hacking minigame is a version of arcade classic Breakout; a perfect parody whilst eschewing arbitrary upgrades for player skill.
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CommunistWomble
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Summary: If you love the Thief series, 80’s neon or new retro culture this is a must have game. Surprisingly good story, stylized graphics and excellent soundtrack (Makes the Deluxe edition a must have)

Story: To avoid spoilers it can be best summed up as a typical espionage plotline, with some twists.

Graphics: Stylised in a beautiful neon colours and minimal graphics, ultimately a love it or hate it style but it works wonderfully in my books

Soundtrack: The Home Conversion's original soundtrack is a fantastic album and suits the game very well. It is also a good album to listen to outside the game.

Controls: Simple and workable. Works well with Xbox controllers as well (Which might be a better choice)

Achievements: I usually don’t write about achievements but this game is one of the few modern games that has achievements which are challenging and fun to go back and collect.

9/10

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Feared aLIEn Voodoo
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
Keeps Austin weird.
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LegionOfPie
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Game is too basic to be entertaining. I was expecting a budget Deus Ex, but the mechanics are excrutiating. It's a very simple "find key-cards and open doors" kind of game, and as a result, it's not very engaging at all.

I also found the graphics were so poor that I was unable to immerse myself at all. It looks worse than Sega Saturn games, with untextured surfaces and hideous character models. The quality of the graphics is completely unacceptable in 2015, when there are resources where one can buy textures and 1/2 decent human models. I got this from a humble-bundle, and I still want my money back.
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X Triarius X
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Extremely appealing minimalist aesthetic, simple gameplay that still requires a bit of thinking/planning, and an innovative diegetic 'Soundtrack' that will stick with you for months. Maybey it's only critisism could be that the game is relatively easy on Normal difficulty but could get frustrating on higher difficulty levels. Also, don't forget to download the official 'Dulce Archives' DLC from the workshop (it's free).
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ambidot
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
>playing Neon Struct on expert difficulty
>making back-to-walls, out-of-sight, 007-tier infiltration
>sneak up behind receptionist
>about to perform a takedown and pickpocket and hide the body
>Hello Agent Cleary. Is there anything I can do for you this evening?

10/10 infiltrated my own office
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
A really good first person stealth game. Clearly inspired by Deus Ex, it strips everything back to a minimal experience that works surprisingly well.

The only real mechanic here is stealth - there's no way to blast your way through levels. If that's not your thing, then it's probably not for you. It is my thing, however, and this scratched an itch for me that no other game has in quite a while.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I really wanted to like it... but I didn't. It clearly is inspired by Deus Ex and very artsy. But the package as a whole is dissapointing. The gameplay sucks, it's slow and repetitive. The story is like you would expect but nothing spectacular with a weak ending. And all the misplaced feminism didn't help either. Big disappointment overall.
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63 of 77 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2015
I had been following the development of this game for a while, and I'm happy it's out now.
I enjoyed it, but I would not recommend it to anyone besides hardcore fans of "cyberpunk"

Cons:
-Though the overly simple stealth and small array of gadgets fits the main character (Jill is a spy, not a special operative) the gameplay can be a little dull.
-Guards are easy to get away from, so if the player doesn't care about getting a good rating, they probably won't bother too much with being sneaky.
-Outside of the hub levels, there isn't much to listen to besides incessant footsteps.
-The visual design of the levels themselves is a little bland. You travel around the world, but there are still lots of grey blocks.
-If you don't like short games, you'll have a problem with this one.

Pros:
-The story is simple, but cool. It revolves around themes like the ethics of surveillance and government vs private groups. Current stuff.
-While I wasn't crazy about the cube-based level geometry, the visual aesthetic is catchy.
-Displacement orbs are turbo as hell
-Music isn't bad

I'll remember this game for the solid futuristic vibes, and the interesting and relevant story. I found the price I paid to be worth the experience, but this is a game that probably won't schway with just anybody.
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2015
This review is somehow difficult for me because I both love and hate NEON STRUCT. I'm going to explain why but let me first say that this is a very good game and if you like stealth games, the real ones, you should try this one. If you want a comparison with other games, NEON STRUCT is basically Thief (1, 2 and DS) in a modern world. I've read a lot of people comaring it to Deus Ex and System Shock but the game differs a lot from them and I can't really understand what those reviewers played. You can compare the atmosphere of Deus Ex but not the gameplay.
You play as Jillian Cleary, a spy who got framed and has to find a way to clean her name. During the story you will find information about a cospiracy and more importantly about the people involved in this cospiracy. The story is quite simple and predictable but yet interesting. I was expecting something more honestly and I was a bit disappointed at the end.
The gameplay is similar to the Thief gameplay: you sneak around and try to reach the objective without being killed. Your weapon is the shadow and good timing. You can knockout people, move bodies, disable cams, pick locks and steal, You also have access to a big arsenal of tools that can help you, such as bombs that can create shadows or stims that can make you better in hacking for sometime.
The level design is good with multiple entrances and exploring the levels is nice. The main problem with level design is that levels are incredibly small for this kind of game. I'm not sure why the developer didn't make a bigger world but levels are often too small to be a real challenge and they can break immersion. Something that bother me is that the levels are smaller than other games, like Thief games, even if this game has been released in 2015. This aspect could be improved a lot imho.
The AI is terrible and predictable: you can easily learn how to trick the AI and if you knockout guards then the game will be in easy mode all the time. The game shines when you don't knockout the guards but I guess that's not for everybody and can be frustrating. Also, hitting a guards is very easy and that makes disable guards a joke; you just need to be "behind" them and they fall asleep immediately. It feels very unnatural and too easy.
The graphic is ... somehow similar to minecraft. Squares everywhere. It is minimalistic and has its own style but nothing amazing. I understand the effort behind but he didn't work for me. I also think that with a better graphic and more detailed world, this game would be better.
The music is amazing, if you like elettronic music, or annoying if you don't. It is composed by The Home Conversions and can be listened at https://thehomeconversion.bandcamp.com/album/neon-struct (the main track is Cave Living, check out also the remix). I personally think that the music is the best part of the game, it's just a perfect match with the atmosphere. The soundtrack worked more than the graphic for me.
The sound effect and nice but the sound engine has strange problems. Sometimes sounds are too loud, some others you can't head anything. Overall the sound effects are ok but can be improved.

I think the game is a 3 out of 5 but with great potential.

Good:
- good old school stealth games with good level design
- nice story but...
- the soundtrack

Bad:
- levels too simple
- ...the story is not that immersive
- graphic
- easy (if you knockout guards)
- nothing new, both Thief and Deus Ex are superior in term of gameplay and story
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60 of 78 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2015
An excellent indy stealth game with a good story and a great soundtrack. If you were a fan of Thief, Mirror's Edge, and Eldritch you may love this gem. I cannot describe how pretty the game looks in motion, it just has to been seen.
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45 of 54 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2015
NEON STRUCT is a first and foremost a minimalist game. However it uses simple mechanics and graphics in very clever ways. At heart Neon is a stealth game where you must be keenly aware of your enemies movements, defense system, and how much you are exposed. What I enjoyed about Minor Key's stealth game is the ability to approach situations in many different ways. Through the front door or the back? Knockout or avoid detection. Use precious resources like grenades and stims or wait for a rainy day.
While the stealth aspect is very well done and fun. There is still silly moments where enemies seemingly are blind or stupid. A group walking right past you into easy knock outs. Albeit this could be due to difficulty setting. Visually NEON STRUCT is classic, Minor Key Games style of graphics. However the neon and glow really add to the atmosphere of the game. Musically NEON STRUCT is top notch. With an 80's over the top theme that sounds wonderful. Sadly this isn't always heard as most of the stealth missions are deadly quiet. Nonetheless this is a solid stealth game. In a genre that desperately needs new ideas and shot of inspiration. NEON STRUCT doesn't reinvent the wheel but adds a unique flare and makes me remember why I enjoy this genre so much.

I made a video review to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
https://youtu.be/k4z6EW9JxXQ
I hope you enjoy!
Martyr
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2015
A really fun stealth game that will certainly appeal to fans of the original Thief trilogy. It should be noted though that when I say stealth game, you need to imagine the word "stealth" in giant, 100 foot concrete letters, because we are talking full commitment here. Combat pretty much does not exist, and if you get caught your only option is pretty much to just run. The level design is outstanding, feeling nice and open in a circular way that gives you freedom to go about the levels in a variety of ways.

The story, while nothing original, is well written enough that it keeps you interested, even if the early plot twist you can see coming a mile away, especially if you've played Deus Ex. Still, it's good stuff.

Art style is interesting too. Kind of reminded me of Killer7 at times, which is always a plus. My main criticism would be that there is no ambient music during the missions. There is a really nice soundtrack that you hear in the areas in between missions, but other than that, unless you are being chased there is no ambiance, and made the game feel a bit empty at times. I had to supply my own using the Deus Ex soundtrack.

Still, it's very much worth picking up for fans of the stealth genre, and I do look forward to the eventual release of a level editor and hope there are a good number of contributions.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
Charming minimalist stealth game that pays strong tribute to the original Deus Ex and Theif games. Intruiging world and story, great soundtrack and smart level design. The gameplay itself is fun and rewarding with mission rankings to encourage replays.

I'm a big fan of this game and can't reccommend it strongly enough. The developer (created by a one-person team) also engages with the Steam community and has released a free explansion and Level Editor. If you like thoughtful and unique indie titles, I really can't think of a single reason not to buy this.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
>playing Neon Struct on expert difficulty
>making back-to-walls, out-of-sight, 007-tier infiltration
>sneak up behind receptionist
>about to perform a takedown and pickpocket and hide the body
>Hello Agent Cleary. Is there anything I can do for you this evening?

10/10 infiltrated my own office
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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2015
A game about sneaking into buildings and stealing important files, with a cyberpunk arkanoid/tron vibe. It's very good!
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