Thief Town is a local multiplayer stealth action game set in a pixel-perfect rendition of the Wild West. Lurk in the crowd, emulate non-player characters, and achieve backstabbing victory.
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Mostly Positive (131 reviews) - 77% of the 131 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 26, 2014

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“Thief Town achieves something that I thought was gone forever in gaming.”
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“Thief Town is easily one of the most fun games I've tested this year. [translated]”
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About This Game

Thief Town is a local multiplayer-only stealth action game set in a pixel-perfect rendition of the Wild West. Lurk in the crowd, emulate non-player characters, and achieve backstabbing victory.


Up to 4 players control identical avatars (the “Thieves”) in a single-screen arena (the “Town”), also filled with other identical NPCs. Players must identify which NPCs are secretly other players and stab them for points, before being discovered and stabbed themselves!

Features:

  • Competitive 2-4 player battles – Blend in with thieves while you search for and stab your opponents
  • Multiple modes and items – Guns, smoke bombs, drunks, sheriffs, sandstorms, and killer tumbleweeds
  • LAN & Local dynamic play – Play on multiple devices over the same Wi-Fi network, or share the same computer with everyone
  • Cross-platform compatibility – Play across any PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android device
  • Use contollers or the keyboard – keyboard support, full 4-player controller support
  • No menus – Thief Town automatically connects players on the same network

Game Modes:

  • Thief Town – The classic backstabbing adventure. Players disguise themselves and stab their buddies in the midst of sandstorms and killer tumbleweeds.
  • Spy Town – Players are given items to trick and trap enemy thieves. Smoke bombs, motion detectors, and teleportation devices... Be careful, they’re one-use only!
  • Drunk Town – One randomly selected player (the "Sheriff") must identify and shoot the other knifeless drunks before running out of bullets.

Don't have enough controllers? Thief Town Controller is also available FOR FREE on iOS/Android devices! Use your smartphones & tablets as extra controllers in the full version of Thief Town!

Our vision for Thief Town focuses on the fundamentals of "couch multiplayer" – frantic fun in the same room as your friends. That's just the experience we want to offer to you, so we have no plans to release single-player or online game modes. Enjoy!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Core HD Graphics (2000/3000), or dedicated GPU with OpenGL Support
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Core HD Graphics 4000, or dedicated GPU with OpenGL Support
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with OpenGL Support
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Set Gatekeeper to allow all applications; Requires Java 1.6+
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX
    • Processor: Intel Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with OpenGL Support
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Set Gatekeeper to allow all applications; Requires Java 1.6+
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with OpenGL Support
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Requires Java 1.6+
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (131 reviews)
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HOT CAT HOT CAT HOT CAT
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Entertaining, beautifully stylized, simple.

One quirk with keyboard mapping: if using the numpad, turn numlock on or it will also map to the respective arrow keys if you map 2, 4, 6 or 8.

The options in the saloon are ridiculously fun to play with, simply due to their animations.
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Trump 2016
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Do not buy this game. Buy "Hidden in Plain Sight" instead.

Thief town is all style and 0 substance. The game plays like this: You and your friends are on screen with a bunch of npcs that look exactly like you and your friends. The objective is to find out which one of the npcs based on movement are actually one of your friends and stab them without getting stabbed by your friends first. This is an incredibly fun CONCEPT but is executed very, very poorly in Thief Town.

Technical problems:
Firstly, every single player has to bind their controls EVERY SINGLE TIME THE GAME IS LAUNCHED. If you don't understand what you're doing and bind the wrong keys you have to walk over to the bartender to change your key bindings using the very same incorrect controlls you just bound. "Couldn't you just reset them in the menu?" you may ask. Unfortunately you still need to navigate the menu with broken controls and then you need to rebind keys for every player. "Why aren't the the controls bound to default keys like the arrow keys, wasd, or the controller joysticks and then editable in the menu therefore solving all these problems?" That's a good question reader, I have no idea.
This game's simple control scheme and design lends itself to using multiple xbox controllers and playing it on the tv, however the game designers seem to disagree. Directional controls cannot be mapped to the xbox controller's directional pad, in addition, mapping the directional controls to the analog stick PREVENTS DIAGONAL MOVEMENT. This almost would be forgivable if the controls were bound to the directional pad but no diagonal movement on an analog stick? It also almost would be forgivable if the npcs weren't able to move diagonally in game, but they are, destroying any player's ability to accurately blend in. I should say that I did make a post about this problem in the forum and did recive a responce from a developer but he blamed the lack of diagonal movement on my controller rather than on a fault of the game. I have tried 3 different controllers that work perfectly fine with any other game on steam but they all suffer the same lack of diagonal movement. So either all three of my controllers break for literally only this game or there is real problem with keymapping. I'll let you decide.
The game also has trouble dealing with high resolutions. Even when I downscaled my resolution to help the game cope I experenced high frame rate issues and screen tearing which I just had to deal with becuase if I recall, there is no v-sync feature and if there is, it does little to nothing.

Game Design Problems:
Even if the technical issues were fixed the base game itself is just badly designed. There are multiple game modes but they do little to solve the problems in design and fail to keep the game from falling into a state of repetative boredom. The premise is to hide as best you can from your friends while trying to figure out who they are. Unfortunately the small arena you are given to move around in in addition to the large size of the player sprites makes it nearly impossible to differentiate between characters. You cannot identify a player based on movement if there is no room in which to move. In addition, you cannot follow a specific character once they are identified due to the flurry of npcs constantly moving over their position. It's like trying to find a needle in a hay stack if the hay stack was bunched up in one location and the hay in the haystack was constantly moving. The best and only strategy is to throw the entire point of the game out the window and begin stabbing literally anything that gets close to you, hopefully killing a player. The game then just tuns into a stabbing death match because everyone knows who everyone else is because trying to stealth at all will just get you stabbed. Your friends might as well just flip coins for fun becase the game just turns into a game of chance with 0 skill, 0 thought, and 0 fun involved.

I paid 2$ for this game and I would have had more fun setting those 2$ on fire and betting on how long it would take them to burn.
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thegizmojo
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Great couch game to play with your family.
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Antiwhimsy
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
This game is great if you have friends who share a local network, but I don't.
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Mr.Wonderful
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Its a fun game, yes, however, I wish that I could play using only smartphones, and not have to use the keyboard, and the game tends to me semi-unstable in that if the internet has any problems, it will immediatly disconnect everyone.
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enemyplayer
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
shoot guys with a knife
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Dantevus
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Garbage game. They find a way to make it cross-platform yet can't make it simple to actually play on a local network.

Do NOT get unless you plan to play on literally the same machine or connect through ethernet or some s***.

Too bad too. Just a little effort into the execution and it probably would have been fun.
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Obey the Fist!
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
This is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and should be burned with fire. No, sorry. Fire is too good to deserve contact with this game, and frankly it's done a lot for the human race.

It's an 8-bit wanna be E.T. Atari cartridge ripoff. Except that the developer of E.T. had vision.

It's 2016 and the developer thought it would be a good idea to try to recreate the early 1980's level of video gaming. Realistically, nobody goes out and says, I want to do my job, but at a level that's 36 years more terrible than the status quo. Apart from the developers of Thief Town!

Also, technical issues prevent the game from launching and running on Windows 7/8/10. The developer requires you to know the keyboard mappings that aren't correctly DirectInput mapped. As such the game won't launch properly on those operating systems.

Selling the game on Steam with full knowledge that it won't work on modern OS's is tantamount to theft. Do not buy this.
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PringDing
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Really fun local game that is a joy to play
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
57 of 72 people (79%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
A simple yet persistently fun game of imitating NPCs and stabbing. Stab friends. Stab family. Stab everyone. In this game I mean.
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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Some good notes and some bad bugs.

Good: When the game was working it was a huge laugh, having a bunch of people in one room on different devices lead to a lot of smack talk, and a lot of stabbing. The game play, while very simple, is a ton of fun, and makes for an incredible party game.

Bad: We could not get every device working. The biggest boon to this game would be having friends come over and download it on their phones or tablets, but when we tried running multiple platforms together it was bug city. Different devices would log in as the same player, ghost players would be able to run around and stab whoever they wanted (which was hilarious, but for the wrong reasons), and the game would crash constantly or throw people back to the lobby.

I hope a patch comes in the next few days, I will definitely be trying this out again. Recommended, but with a warning.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Topic Description Score (out of 10)
Music Catchy music that fits to the game's theme. 10
Multiplayer Possibly the funniest and best local multiplayer game I have in my library. 10
Singleplayer No online play, no CPUs when you're alone. But of course, it says in the description that it is only local. 0
Gameplay Simplistic controls, downsides are limited letters for username and constant configuring when opening game. If you don't have enough controllers, you can even download the app from the App Store and the Play Store! 9


Summary: Funny and addicting game to play with friends and siblings. The music is perfect for this game and the controls are simple. I definitely recommend this game to those who have friends or siblings that play with you often.

Description (possible spoilers): At the start of each game, you'll have to find yourself as there are many people who look like you (you'll see what I mean if you play the game). There are three modes; classic, spy, drunk, and rotating. Obviously, the more people you have, the more fun the game is. The thief who reaches 30 points first wins.
  • In classic, you have to try to find your friend and stab them first. The first kill is more points than the other kills.
  • In spy, you have items: gun, trap, smoke, and decoy. The gun lets kill your opponent from a range distance. The trap reveals players who step in it. Obviously, it's invisible. The smoke creates a black smoke screen to help prevent players from knifing you or to help prevent from traps. The decoy (my personal favorite) switches your player with another character.
  • In drunk, one player is a sheriff and the other is a drunk. The sheriff stands out as it is colored (color depends on player). The sheriff has a gun, and has two bullets to try to shoot the drunk. If you have three or four players, the sheriff gains a bullet for a kill of another player. A drunk can't do anything but move and fall... on his face.
  • Rotating is just a randomized game mode of the above. In rotating, there is also a showdown mode, which has just two players (even in three/four player mode) fight. Sometimes, both players has a gun and the first one who shoots the other wins. Knifing is optional.



Still on the verge of buying this game? Watch some YouTube videos.

I love the idea of using an app as a controller. It makes problems easier :D
Oh, and watch out for the weed. The big, scary tumbleweed, of course.

Overall score: 9.7/10
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2015
Its Pretty fun if you have multiple Controllers, Computers, iPads, iPhones, and or friends ;(
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
The best compliment I can give this game is that it's "Nintendo fun." This is solid multiplayer goodness in a way that just doesn't exist anymore.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Phenomenal game for my dorm household. Getting together on the couch with some brews is a blast and a roaring good time. Does it need online multiplayer? No. Would it be nice? Yes.

But really, this game is about getting together with your real friends, not the imaginary ones or internet ones, and being social. And in the end thats how gaming became great, and so is this game.

Minor flaw would be I couldn't get my android device to work, BUT to be FAIR, I have a ♥♥♥♥ signal from my room.

For the price this game is a steal. Get it? Hahaha.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2015
Very good party game, recomended.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
So far I haven't analyzed a lot of games on Steam. But I always read analysis. Let's be clear: some games can benefit more from positive user's feedback than others. I didn't need to read at people's opinions to know I was buying Awesomenauts or Binding of Isaac.
But truth is that it took me some time to finally purchase Thief Town. I wasn't pretty sure. And it was a damn good purchase. The game excels at what I think is the most important for a local multiplayer: creating tension and hilarious moments that make you and your friend burst into laughs.
It's not a game you will play more than an hour in a single session (but most local multiplayer games aren't designed for that, to be fair). But it's a game you will surely propose to play every time you and your friends decide to have a fun time playing some local multiplayer on Steam.
Its strengths remind me to Nidhogg: a super easy to learn game that guarantee a lot of laughs.

I picture you at the same spot I was: doubting if this not so specially good-looking game worths the money. Believe me, mate: it is super worth. Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2015
Good LOCAL multiplayer fun. Yes, it's actually fun - rare for a game delivered as an earmark in an indie bundle.

Ideal for small gatherings and it scales about the same way as the Worms series of games. The drunk city mode is quite fun.

Nonexistent netplay outside of a local lan, which is a big bummer for me, but the local multiplayer is good / above average.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Local Fun!
Stab your friends.... in this game!
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