Master Spy is a stealth-based precision platformer with retro cutscenes full of espionage, intrigue, and betrayal!
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Very Positive (85 reviews) - 85% of the 85 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 8, 2015

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“Master Spy is an expertly-crafted stealth game blended seamlessly with a precision platformer.”
4.5/5 – Hardcore Gamer

“For those who possess the skill and patience to fight through it, this game will be a true gem.”
90/100 – Gaming Trend

“This game is good looking, has a good, but small sound track, and is hard as nails. I would recommend it for any master spies, or any people that hate themselves.”
9/10 – TechRaptor

About This Game

You are Master Spy.


In a world of corruption and decay, you're not just good at what you do - you're the best. And with the aid of your prototype cloaking suit and quick wit, you'll sneak your way past a multitude of enemies and obstacles, all while uncovering a plot of conspiracy and intrigue that thrusts you into a role far greater than your contract promised.

Confidential:

  • Jump, sneak, and cloak your way through more than 50 levels, with locales ranging from churning electro factories to mystical ninja command centers!
  • Cinematic pixel art cutscenes pull you into the experience, weaving a tale of espionage, intrigue, and betrayal!
  • Secret levels hidden throughout the game, allowing you to change the story!
  • Test your skills in the unlockable limited-visibility Blind Master mode!
  • Train in Novice mode with checkpoints that aid you on your mission!

Featuring a spy-fi original soundtrack by André Allen Anjos / RAC.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.9.5
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (85 reviews)
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William Shakesman
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
It's Meat Boy with a cloaking device. I should hate it. There are several, but by no means the majority, segments where your instant respawn is stymied by waiting for trap lasers to move into position (One retry was 12 seconds of waiting each time. I counted.). The cloaker, which slows you but makes you invisible to any death trap that will kill you if it sees you, more or less guarantees you will be doing awful, fiddly jump-decloak-grab-cloak-land thumb gymnastics over and over until you perfect. Timings for most risky plays are so tight you could have the level figured out correctly but because you jumped into the first leg of the trap two frames off, you can't make it to the safe spot without getting iced. And then the game proceeds to pretend to insult you by rating you on how much you died at a trial and error frustration platformer. May as well rate me on how many bullets I fire in Gears of War, bro. Worse, there's no tutorial at all, not even a hint (The ONLY time you get one is in world 3 to show you a door unlock switch. I thought at this point the developer was making fun of me.), you don't even know about your weird flippy mid-air jump or what it could possibly be used for, and a few traps are going to just kill you over and over until you figure out that maybe they aren't detecting what you think... like maybe it's detecting movement instead of you...?

I mean, this is all awful, but it's still some of the best I've played of the subgenre. The spy theme of the game is effortlessly cool in a Golgo 13 badass style. The traps are extremely well-varied, such that each room manages to have its own identity, as opposed to Meat Boy's "the one with one square wide jumps between saws vs. the one with one square wide WALL JUMPS between saws". The controls are pretty tight, no Meat Boy sliding or physics based wall jump nonsense. And at least at world 3, which is likely as far as I will EVER get, most of the tougher rooms don't feel on rails. Several are, yes, but the more interesting rooms seem to be fairly open on ways to complete them.

The music is pretty good, the art is great, and the cutscenes are extremely cool, again, in a Golgo 13 style.

If your patience for this subgenre hasn't been completely eviscerated yet, you could do a LOT worse than this game.
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StickFigs
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
The game looks cool at a glance and it's fun and fair until you reach the third stage. From there things start to feel cheap or poorly thought out. There are a lot of bugs, like where you'll trigger a collapsing platform even though your guy passed through it without getting any footing, very annoying and you'll often find yourself dying for things that aren't your fault.
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ranrun
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
I loved everything abouth this game. It is a true gem. The story is great and keeps you wanting to play. The music totally brings the cut scenes and game play to life (Mission 3's song is amazing. Thank you RAC!). The game play is just about the right amount of difficulty (challenging but not so difficult that you want to quit). At one point I was stuck in the game and had to use the steam forums to discover there is a double jump mechanic. I highly reccomend this game and can't wait to see what the developers create next!
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khaaaaaan
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Great Stealth Platformer with nice electro soundtrack and cool little story as bonus. 9/10
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HertogGijs
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Super cool game, I like the design. But it's hard.
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HoneydewHuey
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Master Spy is a solid, awesome game. It looks great, it has a warm-and-fuzzy nostalgic feel to it, and most importantly for a game like this, it's well-designed and the mechanics and stages are extremely fun! It's essentially a stealth platformer, but you'll just have to trust me that it's a unique joy to play (because I find it's hard to convey that kind of thing even in YouTube videos). The art reminds me of Amiga games, and the music has a modern but very "analog" sound to it (i.e. analog synth heavy).

Even at full price, it's absolutely worth it! Yes, there are lots of indie platformers, but this is one of the "good ones." If what you've seen/heard of this game appeals to you, to any extent, you owe it to yourself to support this talented developer and pick up this great game!

Just be aware that it IS quite challenging, but even for someone like myself who doesn't always have enough patience for this type of game and needs to take extended breaks, I find it's worth playing.
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Tieom
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Basic mechanics and challenging (sometimes frustrating) execution. Reasonable length for the price. Unless you are completely in love with the theme, I'd suggest Stealth ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ instead.
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Anthonishere
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I didnt liked this game, and I like and enjoy both stealth and platformers. The problem with the difficulty is the level design and enemies. The thing is that this game introduces a new mecanic and on the next level its too overused. My breaking point were the bubbles on 5-7, they follow you around and they were introduced on level 5-4 for ♥♥♥♥ sake!!!. The music and graphics are just ok, nothing really interesting in the art-style and the music concist in ripoffs of the mission impossible theme. Plus the story is silly and the plot twist was really anticlimatic, it was just an excuse for a fifth stage.
Also the controls for keyboard are terrible, yes you can change them but come on. That is not my job. Even on sale, the only reason I got it, it wasnt worth it.

4/10
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meroplankton
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
My first encounter with Master Spy was its soundtrack, it was so good I picked up the game and played it and was not disappointed. The game is fast paced for a precision platformer, introducing elements like invisibility, double jumping and much more. The game not only demands you take in your environment but also be able to navigate it deftly and without getting caught. Don't think stealth game however, the game requires you to move fast and sometimes to improvise on the spot to avoid detection. That being said the game is not easy, in fact in a moment of desperation near the end I reached out to devs for some help and they were more than happy to oblige me, which was fantastic because the ending was amazing. That brings me to another thing, the cut scenes and story are another strong point for the game, the pixel animation is fantastic and the plot and characters are just kitschy enough to make you giggle at times. By and far one of the best indie games I've played so far this year.
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jsabsd
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
The game looks great, but that lasts about 15 minutes before buyer's remorse will set in. It's less about stealth and patience and more about reflex and timing. Sadly, the Master Spy is on valium in a world full of coke addicts. Everything around you is hyperspeed and insta-death, meanwhile you're Jim J. Bullock in Spaceballs.

Save your money, go play something fun. I'm going to go do anything but this.

steam://uninstall/331190
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Great Stealth Platformer with nice electro soundtrack and cool little story as bonus. 9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
I loved everything abouth this game. It is a true gem. The story is great and keeps you wanting to play. The music totally brings the cut scenes and game play to life (Mission 3's song is amazing. Thank you RAC!). The game play is just about the right amount of difficulty (challenging but not so difficult that you want to quit). At one point I was stuck in the game and had to use the steam forums to discover there is a double jump mechanic. I highly reccomend this game and can't wait to see what the developers create next!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Super cool game, I like the design. But it's hard.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
The game looks cool at a glance and it's fun and fair until you reach the third stage. From there things start to feel cheap or poorly thought out. There are a lot of bugs, like where you'll trigger a collapsing platform even though your guy passed through it without getting any footing, very annoying and you'll often find yourself dying for things that aren't your fault.
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40 of 49 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 8, 2015
First to review a game, so nervous ;-;

I streamed a full walkthrough of this on Twitch and this is what I have to say:

If you are looking for challenging precision platformer, with high quality pixel art backgrounds, fitting music, engaging retro-style cinematic cutscenes - this game is for you.

The game itself is really simple, you play as Master Spy, who can only jump(+double jump roll, which is important move) and clock/decloak to solve all your platformer needs. Every level consists of 1 or more screen where you have to find keycard/s to unlock the exit to the next level. Be warned, levels quickly become from easy to really hard and each new level tries to add a new mechanic to the enemies or environment. Cutscenes in this game will probably inspire you to play more and more to uncover what's going to be next in the game. And speaking of cutscenes, I strongly suggest look for 8 very well hidden secret areas in the game which also unlock even MORE cutscenes to the main plot.
Not gonna spoil much, but consider engaging gameplay experience.

If you played games like Super Meat Boy, Boshy or any other action precision platformers, you will find this game quite similiar to your likings.

The only minor complaints I have is that game doesn't have at the moment configurable Audio, only disable everything. No sliders for music or SFX. So Windows Mixer is the only thing you can do besides using your hardware's sliders.
No reconfigurable buttons and instead of classic PC platforming scheme of Z and X, game uses X and C buttons, "C" for "Cloak". Expect at first to missclicks a lot to Z when you want to jump, which will fail for you, if you are used to classic Z/X controls. Alternatively, you can use Controller.

P.S. Press T while you are in game's level :P
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34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
TLDR: The game changes from "difficult but fun" to "masochistic hard". Be cautious.


I noticed some people recommend it, despite the fact that they have refunded it or couldn't complete it. I'm not one of them - yes, it's a a really hard platformer, and if you like these type of games, you will get into it. However, the problem is the difficulty spike. The game slowly gets harder with every level, introducing new mechanics, until act 3 when it suddenly becomes frustratingly hard, more like "I wanna be the guy" type of game. The fact that "Novice" difficulty can be that harsh doesn't look like a well thought design. I finally gave up somewhere around 3-8.

The retro graphic looks nice and the music is very good - for a while. However, after some time the game loses it's charm - the music starts to get tedious and the specific graphic style connected with small levels and big character sometimes make it harder to be precise. The puzzle aspect is an interesting idea, but combined together with precision and a very tight timing eventually turn the game experience from fun to unpleasant.

In the end I have mixed feelings about this game - it's good as a platformer, but it's nothing truly amazing, and the difficulty curve around what seems to be half of the game ruined the overall experience for me. Then again, I've bought it with around 80% discount, and I'd say I got my money's worth. But if you're going to buy it for full price, make sure you're up to the challenge this game will pose.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 8, 2015
My comprehensive video review is also up, check it out!

https://youtu.be/V1XpayBzsqI

Master Spy is a 2D stealth platformer in the spirit of other titles Mark of the Ninja, Gunpoint and Ronin. It's a zero-tolerance exercise in perfection as you cloak and jump your way through progressively more challenging rooms. Beating your face into a brick wall has never been quite this much fun!

Pros:
-Really great pixel graphics. From the sprites to the backgrounds to the cutscenes everything looks AMAZING.
-Great spy music plays while you fail repeatedly.
-Fun sound effects while you fail repeatedly.
-Super cheesy dialogue that is a huge and welocme through back to zany over-the-top arcade games of yore. It had a bit of a Far Cry: Blood Dragon vibe in how it paid homage the way it did. I loved it.
-Easy to learn but difficult to master; Master Spy is a one trick pony but using that trick in creative ways is really tricky and, in the end, satisfying when you win.
-This game does a great job of easing you into more difficult situations; adding in guards, dogs, lazers, pressure plates, ninjas, sharks and they all are horrible and I wish they didn't exist.
-This game is addictive. I keep going back after rage-quitting to give a level another go.

Cons:
-I'm not used to games where you don't get extra skills to help ease the challenges as you progress. Then again, he isn't "Learning-as-he-goes Spy".
-There aren't enough opportinuties to take different approaches to a level. A lot have just one viable way to win and figuring it out can be tedious.
-A controller is manditory. Seriously. Unless you are some keyboard hot shot I'd streneously object to not having a controller.

All in all I'd be really disappointed if Master Spy didn't do well. It's exactly what the hardcore PC gaming audience seems to eat up and it's too good a time to pass up. I'd say "Master Spy" is more like a "Master BUY" oh my god ♥♥♥♥ me sideways for that.

Disclosure; I was provided press aces to Master Spy for review purposes. I was not endorsed for my thoughts or opinions in any way they are my own.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
This game is one of the many examples of why the future of gaming is in indie games.... passionate developers, fast paced, difficult but fair gameplay, inspired and artistic design, stylish soundtrack, this game has everything!
The price is very low, if you are a indie gamer, you must have this game, no excuses!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
So far Master Spy has been recommended by all 18 to review before me. Why toss my hat in at this point? Because this game deserves it. The release was too recent to call it a hidden gem, but it's definitely a gem that deserves more positive reviews.

Chances are if you've navigated to this page you have some interest in this type of game. If so, I have only one thing to ask before wholeheartedly recommending this game. Are you very put off by having to die many times in the process of learning and then pulling off heavily execution-intensive plans? If not, get this game. Everything about the game works extremely well, particularly the soundtrack and controls - both important in such a rigorous platformer. It is true what others have said: Master Spy is frustrating because of how demanding it is, but almost never unfair.

It took me probably a little long to beat Novice Mode at 5.7 hours, as I kept grinding through levels even when my execution was slacking badly, but there are harder modes and a little extra content already revealed to me so far. If you're worried about playtime, I will definitely be playing more of this game, and even at this point I would definitely say it is worth $10.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
A "stealth" game for sure, but honestly it plays more like a tense puzzle game. You have to move and think very quickly, stages are short, difficult and intense. There's none of the waiting about or clearing levels of enemies in this game, so all the slow fiddly bits of stealth are gone.

It is *hard* though, you're going to lose a lot and have to learn from your mistakes.

Great music too (just listen to the trailer). Very authentic sounding retro sound effects.

Backgrounds are lovely and apparently all are hand-pixeled, the cinematics are really neat too. It feels like the cinematics were really pulled from the glory days of pixely adventure games, rather than being retro for retro's sake. Everything feels very lovingly crafted.
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