Tidal Affair is a stealth adventure game that immerses you in the midst of conflict between pirates, rebels, and what governs the islands of Alter Tides.
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Release Date: Nov 24, 2015

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May 7

Last Steam Update

After a long absence, we are back to provide you with a cool and sadly the last update of the game in Steam. Hold tight because we added a lot of improvements to the game:

- We optimized the game as best we could so it can run on a very very low end computer with the best graphics possible.
- We added a control meter to make the game more skillful.
- We improved the AI of the guards.
- We fixed every flaw about the game we can think of.
- Joysticks are now auto detected, no need to assign them anymore. (Game best played with joystick)
- We balanced the game so it’s not too hard and not too easy.

So what’s next?

That is actually up to you, the player. If you played the game and loved the concept and originality of it then just post a nice review about it. The more reviews, the more sales, the more sales, the more resources we have to work on the next title of the Tidal Affair series and we have plenty of ideas and fresh concepts we want to implement.

Thank you so much for being a fan!

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January 22

Game Update #6

We are back after taking a short break during the holidays with a cool new update:

1. Minor Game Design Improvements.
2. Many Levels improved.
3. Full Controller support.
4. Fixed all the bugs that were reported to us.

And of course we are offering the updates with a small discount :)

Hope you enjoy it!

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Reviews

“If you're hungry for some strategic, challenging stealth set in an island filled with dangerous modern pirates and rebels, Tidal Affair is for you.”
http://indiegames.com/2015/12/a_natural_flow_-_mechanics_and.html

“Tidal Affair: Before the Storm is a very solid short and sweet title that offers some fun stealth and assassination mechanics in an isometric viewpoint.”
http://opnoobs.com/review/99-action/329-tidal-affair-before-the-storm

About This Game

Note: Tidal Affair is a game that is best played with a controller (PS4 or Xbox controller recommended).


While the core principles of a general stealth remain, Tidal Affair offers new mechanics that forces you to think differently. Rather than stooping to traditional weapons, players must manipulate the enemy and steer them away from your path.

Manisha is not strong. Her combat skills may be abysmal, however, she is able to take full control of her adversary with ease. Despite the limitation she has, this creates depth and opens a whole new world of possibility for players to utilize!


Having a good handle of you’re umbrella is good, but patches that accompany them makes it all the more better! Get creative with patches! Patches gives your host a great boost that gives them a greater advantage over your enemies!

Tidal Affair forces you to stop and think of the most astute method of getting to your objective. Rather than just picking any enemy to control, you must find the best enemy that yields the best result with every circumstances the game puts you!




Anchored in an island called St. Charlotte, a place where it’s rare to find a dull moment. Filled with traps and dangerous enemies, this island will force the players to always be on their toes. Players need keep focus and sharp!



Taking inspiration from games that emerged from the 90’s. A time where Before the Storm is no different. Follow the footsteps of the protagonist as she takes on a journey!


Before the Storm is the first (out of three) instalment introduces what’s to come for the final game Tidal Affair. The trilogy is a prologue that each adds a feature intended (for Tidal Affair) in every instalment. Before The Storm introduces you to the world of Alter Tides.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Processor: 1.7 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version 10.8 or later.
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB OpenGL 2.0 compatible graphics card
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Mostly Positive (16 reviews)
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Phillament
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
I got this game on sale and I wasn’t expecting much but surpassingly it hooked me up until the end. If you are a fan of the old metal gear games and pirate movies then you may like this.

Pros:
Interesting and unique gameplay.
Nice hand drawn graphics.
Interesting boss fights.
Gives good challenge at times.
Multiple ways to approach a level.

Cons:
Traps are sometimes frustrating.
Controls take time to get used to.
A bit linear.
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canaan banana
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
It's a cute little game with a unique art style and cool music but the controls are awkward and unresponsive. It's probably fun if you have the patience and love steath games...
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Fly
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
This review should be considered as neutral. I don't want to write negative review, but I can't make it positive also.

The main plus of this game (and what sold it to me) was graphic style. I love it. It's interesting and uncommon. Stealth tag also have some influence, but don't rush if (like me) it's enough for you to spend some bucks on small discount. Game have 2 major minuses - bad gameplay design and controls.

The whole 8 hours I have played it I have suffered from controls. Main gameplay feature require you to control enemies and their guns, but you almost can't point cursor where you want because it's jumping like crazy all over the place. And it's for joystick. Mouse and keyboard are not setup completely by default and even if you will use mouse it's even more horrible than joypad. Too bad that I asked about this on forums only at the end. Because (from developers response) it occurs that game have problem with mouse and joystick enabled together. And if you will use only K+B it's working perfectly as I wanted. Keep this in mind. This game is muuuch more enjoyable with fluent controls.

Second - gameplay design. It's just... plain, old (90th), some times stupid. I hope in next game they will have less timing puzzles with spikes, mines and other devices that looks like something completely out of place. Like unlimited flying rockets that block your path and you need to duck to pass them. It's just stupid. Enemies always know where you are if alarm is ringing. And the best strategy is run back until countdown ends. Or check the second steam screenshot with rolling ball. Seems like logic didn't made it alive from this level.

Some times you can't tell where floor met the hole and you character will dive into the unknown. Sometimes you will guess what you need to do next. It's not often, but annoying. Also it seems like they didn't found a way to make more variety to 'control' mechanics. Just add a little more 'patches' (ingame name) variety and more puzzles with them and game will fill much better.

So it's up to you. If you are still reading and still want to play - give it a try. You might find something to entertain you for an evening or two. Or check the demo (from search, they didn't linked it on game page).
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caseyc (VEGAN)
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Nice little indie game.
+Graphics are nice, look hand drawn or painted.
+15 chapters, so about 5-8 hours of gameplay.
+Good stealth and unique possess abilities.
+Allows for creative approaches.
+Reasonable price.
-A bit linear. a times
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Dragon
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Tidal Affair mostly feels unfinished; it had potential but that potential doesn't seem have been realised.

There's a strange mishmash of conflicting art resolutions. Detailed crates sit next to stretched roof top images. Sharp edged plants are drawn in with mostly blurry soft trees. The screenshots and video look good in low resolutions but even something as low as Standard Defintion easily shows how inconsitent the imagery is. Push anything higher than High Definition and the Tidal Affair starts looking pretty bad.

There are compression artifacts and bad alpha blending on some of the textures that are disturbingly amateur. Some objects layering appears to be incorrect with the bottoms of tree trunks appearing on top of folliage that should be infront.

The levels are large but sparesly populated. The puzzles consit mostly of running back and forth through the silly make-work mazes rather than being cerebrally challenging. There is button pushing, so much button pushing.

The combat is strange with Manisha sometimes being a bullet sponge and sometimes just keeling over and dying. The health bar is largely pointelss as individual map roaming enemies do little damage but the elite guards swamp and kill her easilly. The umbrella - which she pulls out of her leg - seems to do several times more damage than any bullets.

There are many instant environmental deaths. The comic falls onto beach sand or water just beneath her feet, exploding into beef gibs when pricked by a spike. And. Well there are many environmental deaths just nor many variations.

The stealth is also a bit hit-and-miss. There have been occasions where Manisha has been crouched but still spotted when she really shouldn't have been. Not that it usually matters: being detected doesn't carry much penalty, except when the elite commando squads decide to investigate.

The mind control portion of the game is not quite right. The tedious approach of suiciding single guards is far safer than trying to setup scenarios where the 'best' guard can take the others down. Don't get swamped, give Manisha space to run away and there's no real challenge.

Lastly the animations are slidy and stilted. Achievments are given despite failing those achievements. The menus and interface are... bad. And the cut scenes and dialogue are even worse.

It's a pity, but there's not much going for Tidal Affair. If you want a mind controlling stealth game then play Abe's Oddesy instead.
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Warwick J.
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 27
Steamified recently added Klei’s Invisible, Inc. to the Steamified Countdown at #346. The next day at #345 we backed it up with another stealth oriented game in Deus Ex: Invisible War. Just yesterday, Alien: Isolation was featured at #342. Needless to say Steamified believes that some of the very best games in the Steam catalogue are stealth games. With the quality of games that fit this genre you can gain an appreciation of just how tough a market Overcurfew has entered with Tidal Affair: Before the Storm. However, you will be delighted to know that the game certainly deserves its fair share of attention.

At its core Before the Storm is an isometric adventure game that heavily features stealth and tactical shooter mechanics. You traverse levels finding switches to open gates all of the while avoiding being shot at from guards whose sole mission is to kill you and your sister. On top of the stealth and shooting mechanics you have the ability to freeze time and take control of an enemy within a certain radius of your position. When you control the guard you can use him to shoot at other guards or to execute him. Be careful, however, because if you’re in control of the guard when he dies you will lose a percentage of your own health.

I would argue that more skilled gamers will find the game to be relatively simple. However, for your average gamer the game’s difficulty might be a minor concern at the beginning of the game. However, as most good strategy games rely on, you will need to development and implement strategies throughout the course of the game. The tutorial teaches you the basic moves and controls that you will be utilizing throughout the game and then just as suddenly throws you in at the deep end. Some may see this as a negative but I, for one, really appreciated this. The sooner that you throw a player in the sooner they have to learn to swim or otherwise they sink. This is the perfect game to do that with. It was an intelligent game design decision.

There have been critical complaints about the game’s poor control system. However, Overcurfew have added full controller support in their recent update which has improved it immensely. I would argue that the game is much easier to play with a controller and would recommend it rather than relying on keyboard and mouse. The developers have stated as much in the game update notice going as far as recommending the use of a PS4 controller as the best controller for the game. I, however, have utilized my trusty Xbox One controller and have found that there is no issues there. However, I would recommend one thing to the devs in their next patch. Please fix the tutorial for those who will be using controller. Presently the tutorial only details the mouse and keyboard controls for the game which means that the player has to go to a convoluted control menu to see what the corresponding key is. This will be a little bit of work to determine what controller everyone is using but it will be worth it and increase the game’s accessibility.

I do have an appreciation for the game’s artistic flair. Another Steam reviewer, fantis6 described it best when they wrote that the game looks like an oil painting. It’s a highlight of the game. When combining the isometric nature of the game with the artistic flair I am reminded of Transistor. Yes, they are two very different games but the similarities are definitely there. The soundtrack is rock solid and I can see many people purchasing the soundtrack. For music fans or collectors of soundtrack edition games I would recommend taking full advantage of the game plus soundtrack bundle especially at the current 35% discount.

Tidal Affair: Before the Storm is a great indie game that will appeal to fans of isometric stealth games and female antagonists.

For similar reviews and our popular daily giveaways please visit http://www.steamified.com/
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Intelekt
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USsKBByPQhk&feature=youtu.be

Tidal Affair: Before The Storm is a stealth strategy game with a unique twist. The main character is able to take control of her enemies and make them bend to her will. She is able to make soldiers kill their peers or walk them into deadly traps if they are available. It's a battle against resources and can get tricky finding ways to dispose of the various guards. A media review copy was provided for The Hidden Levels.

What I enjoyed:

Taking control – I enjoyed taking control of the enemies and having them fight or even jump off cliffs. Once I was able to master the deselecting of the enemy prior to death it became very useful. It's tricky however and you are certainly punished for not deselecting enemies if they die, if they are shot by their peers those soldiers then shoot you to death relatively quickly.

Painterly Canvas – The art style is a rugged and semi rough painterly style, but it works pretty well. There are a few edges or odd set pieces here and there, but overall the environments and cut-scenes have a neat painted quality that makes the game feel a bit more crafted.

Hand holding not allowed – The game is difficult for a variety of reasons. I found that the tutorial gives you only a slight idea of how to effectively move through an area without losing loads of health. You have to use your brain a bit and that's something I appreciate. Regardless of frustration levels during play I'd prefer to be challenged rather than led through a game.

What I disliked:

Interface-off – The interface is absolutely terrible, the click targets are all misplaced as you can see in my video and certain buttons float in very odd places throughout the menu. I had to re-select my controller each time I launched the game. Essentially the user interface and options portion of this game is unfinished and it needs to be cleaned up very desperately.

Burning fuel – The "patches" as they are called are one time use, and progression seems almost non existent in the game. It's essentially a strategy game with a high difficulty level but seems to lack a bit in the replay-ability category.

Strategy games of this type are admittedly not my forte and this game took me out of my comfort zone for sure. I'd say that the game and it's mechanics are solid but the UI needs a desperate overhaul. I can say that I recommend waiting for a sale (Currently on the 2015 Steam holiday sale it's 25% off) due to the unfinished nature of the interface and menu system.

Score: Wait for a Sale
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fantis6
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2015
Tidal Affair is a adventure game with stealth and tactical elements in isometric style. In the game you spend your time sneaking, killing guards or avoiding them, solving puzzles. You have a special ability which is freezing time - when you use it you can take control at enemy, execute an enemy or steal health. The story is quite interesting. The art style nice, this looks like a hand painted oil paint. The music is also good. One of biggest negative in a game I think it’s the control system, this not very good and because this can be sometimes annoying.

So my verdict

+nice graphic style
+nice music
+puzzles
+interesting skill
+different enemies
+steam achievements

-buggy cutscenes
-bad controls
-a bit high price

Well this game is not bad, but have some problems. For example a control system and cutscenes. If they this resolve shortly its game can be really enjoyable. But at the moment also have some good points for example a unique art style. I think you should try it if you like stealth games, it may be an intresting piece for your collection.

7/10
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ContraNetwork
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 16, 2015
Video:
http://dai.ly/x3ibup3

Tidal Affair is simply a game of the highest quality!
The fusion of gameplay tactical / action is really well implemented, graphic style very nice to see.
It is a stealth game where you can choose, how to complete the level, and there are a infinity of ways to escape or kill enemies!
In short it is a game that manages to entertain very much, the developers have created a little gem!
I recommend it very much!
(Below is the Italian full review)

Tidal Affair è un gioco stealth di avventura in stile Action-GDR.
Immergiti nel mezzo del confilitto tra pirati e ribelli e cerca di conquistare le isole di Alter Tides!

Feature:

- Stile Artistisco di alta qualità
- Gameplay tattico ma al contempo dinamico!
- Storia interessante
- Achievement di Steam


Parere personale:

Tidal Affair è semplicemente un gioco di altissima qualità!
La fusione di un gameplay tattico/action è veramente ben implementata, stile grafico molto bello da vedere.
Si tratta di un gioco stealth dove puoi scegliere tu, come completare il livelli, e ci sono un infinità di modi per fuggire o uccidere i nemici!

Insomma è un gioco che riesce a divertire veramente tanto, gli sviluppatori hanno creato un piccolo gioiello!
Lo consiglio veramente tanto!

Voto:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=549021794
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Snowfox
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 26, 2015
Introduction
Tidal Affair is a stealth adventure game that immerses you in the midst of conflict between pirates, rebels, and what governs the islands of Alter Tides.

Points of interest
  • +Gameplay is fun and engaging- solve puzzles to progress, sneak past guards, or use your abilties to subdue your enemies

  • +Mechanics are well made for the most part (wall of text incoming!!!)- there are several differeant factors: The first is the puppet ability, which allows the player to take control of hostiles and use them to kill other enemies, or make them commit suicide. Secondly, patches can be obtained along your way which allow you to perform various helpful actions which all tie into the puppet ability (Excecute controlled entity with no cool down, control entity without space limits, steal health, load headshot instantly, and switch places with the controlled entity). Lastly, you are given an umbrella thingy which is your main weapon. It may not be the strongest, but if you sucessfully sneak behind an enemy and hit them, it becomes an insta-kill.

  • +Art style is very appealing in cutscenes and in-game- appears to be hand painted. Overall I like the art style that the developers decided to implement into this game, it suits it well.

  • +Levels are challenging and take time to complete- if you play through all of them, you will surely get your money's worth from this game.

  • -Cutscenes and voice acting are both a bit clunky. Although this does not take away much from the game, it is definitely noticeable.

  • -Controls are not the best and feel akward at times.

Final Thoughts
An action/stealth game that requires strategy and persistence. Recommended for any fan of stealth, strategy, action, and adventure games.
A splendid way to spend time. 8/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
This review should be considered as neutral. I don't want to write negative review, but I can't make it positive also.

The main plus of this game (and what sold it to me) was graphic style. I love it. It's interesting and uncommon. Stealth tag also have some influence, but don't rush if (like me) it's enough for you to spend some bucks on small discount. Game have 2 major minuses - bad gameplay design and controls.

The whole 8 hours I have played it I have suffered from controls. Main gameplay feature require you to control enemies and their guns, but you almost can't point cursor where you want because it's jumping like crazy all over the place. And it's for joystick. Mouse and keyboard are not setup completely by default and even if you will use mouse it's even more horrible than joypad. Too bad that I asked about this on forums only at the end. Because (from developers response) it occurs that game have problem with mouse and joystick enabled together. And if you will use only K+B it's working perfectly as I wanted. Keep this in mind. This game is muuuch more enjoyable with fluent controls.

Second - gameplay design. It's just... plain, old (90th), some times stupid. I hope in next game they will have less timing puzzles with spikes, mines and other devices that looks like something completely out of place. Like unlimited flying rockets that block your path and you need to duck to pass them. It's just stupid. Enemies always know where you are if alarm is ringing. And the best strategy is run back until countdown ends. Or check the second steam screenshot with rolling ball. Seems like logic didn't made it alive from this level.

Some times you can't tell where floor met the hole and you character will dive into the unknown. Sometimes you will guess what you need to do next. It's not often, but annoying. Also it seems like they didn't found a way to make more variety to 'control' mechanics. Just add a little more 'patches' (ingame name) variety and more puzzles with them and game will fill much better.

So it's up to you. If you are still reading and still want to play - give it a try. You might find something to entertain you for an evening or two. Or check the demo (from search, they didn't linked it on game page).
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
29 of 46 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 11, 2015
Isometric stealth action game that plays *somewhat* like a casual Metal Gear Solid. While lovely hand-drawn animation tells an interesting story about tribal politics between chapters, your main task is to bypass or takedown each enemy using any means necessary. Progress further and levels also introduce some basic puzzle elements.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIX9l7jN3sU
Almost immediately your character is given the ability to freeze time and take control of enemies, which works in a small radius and runs on a cooldown timer. Recharge time could be lowered by mashing the space bar. Throughout levels you discover 'patches' that are effectively magic which can be used after controlling enemies. Some of these abilities included instant execute, swap positions and health tap. Ultimately I found the game a little on the easy side but still had fun playing. Levels left plenty of room for experimentation, though backtracking in later stages could be refined as some of it felt like extra padding.

No in-game options were available other then sliders for sound. Gamepad didn't detect and controls could not be remapped, I personally had no issues with the default keyboard/mouse setup. Screen resolutions of 4k+ were supported using the unity launcher. Currently includes 15 chapters (minus training), most were split into 2-3 areas taking 5-15min each depending on your playstyle. Tidal Affair feels content complete and it's another respectable early access game that's worth keeping your eye on. First part of a series but does play as a standalone. Cheers folks.

@Devs
Achievements might be broken. Completed several and none unlocked.
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24 of 39 people (62%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
Tidal Affair is a adventure game with stealth and tactical elements in isometric style. In the game you spend your time sneaking, killing guards or avoiding them, solving puzzles. You have a special ability which is freezing time - when you use it you can take control at enemy, execute an enemy or steal health. The story is quite interesting. The art style nice, this looks like a hand painted oil paint. The music is also good. One of biggest negative in a game I think it’s the control system, this not very good and because this can be sometimes annoying.

So my verdict

+nice graphic style
+nice music
+puzzles
+interesting skill
+different enemies
+steam achievements

-buggy cutscenes
-bad controls
-a bit high price

Well this game is not bad, but have some problems. For example a control system and cutscenes. If they this resolve shortly its game can be really enjoyable. But at the moment also have some good points for example a unique art style. I think you should try it if you like stealth games, it may be an intresting piece for your collection.

7/10
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USsKBByPQhk&feature=youtu.be

Tidal Affair: Before The Storm is a stealth strategy game with a unique twist. The main character is able to take control of her enemies and make them bend to her will. She is able to make soldiers kill their peers or walk them into deadly traps if they are available. It's a battle against resources and can get tricky finding ways to dispose of the various guards. A media review copy was provided for The Hidden Levels.

What I enjoyed:

Taking control – I enjoyed taking control of the enemies and having them fight or even jump off cliffs. Once I was able to master the deselecting of the enemy prior to death it became very useful. It's tricky however and you are certainly punished for not deselecting enemies if they die, if they are shot by their peers those soldiers then shoot you to death relatively quickly.

Painterly Canvas – The art style is a rugged and semi rough painterly style, but it works pretty well. There are a few edges or odd set pieces here and there, but overall the environments and cut-scenes have a neat painted quality that makes the game feel a bit more crafted.

Hand holding not allowed – The game is difficult for a variety of reasons. I found that the tutorial gives you only a slight idea of how to effectively move through an area without losing loads of health. You have to use your brain a bit and that's something I appreciate. Regardless of frustration levels during play I'd prefer to be challenged rather than led through a game.

What I disliked:

Interface-off – The interface is absolutely terrible, the click targets are all misplaced as you can see in my video and certain buttons float in very odd places throughout the menu. I had to re-select my controller each time I launched the game. Essentially the user interface and options portion of this game is unfinished and it needs to be cleaned up very desperately.

Burning fuel – The "patches" as they are called are one time use, and progression seems almost non existent in the game. It's essentially a strategy game with a high difficulty level but seems to lack a bit in the replay-ability category.

Strategy games of this type are admittedly not my forte and this game took me out of my comfort zone for sure. I'd say that the game and it's mechanics are solid but the UI needs a desperate overhaul. I can say that I recommend waiting for a sale (Currently on the 2015 Steam holiday sale it's 25% off) due to the unfinished nature of the interface and menu system.

Score: Wait for a Sale
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Nice little indie game.
+Graphics are nice, look hand drawn or painted.
+15 chapters, so about 5-8 hours of gameplay.
+Good stealth and unique possess abilities.
+Allows for creative approaches.
+Reasonable price.
-A bit linear. a times
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Steamified recently added Klei’s Invisible, Inc. to the Steamified Countdown at #346. The next day at #345 we backed it up with another stealth oriented game in Deus Ex: Invisible War. Just yesterday, Alien: Isolation was featured at #342. Needless to say Steamified believes that some of the very best games in the Steam catalogue are stealth games. With the quality of games that fit this genre you can gain an appreciation of just how tough a market Overcurfew has entered with Tidal Affair: Before the Storm. However, you will be delighted to know that the game certainly deserves its fair share of attention.

At its core Before the Storm is an isometric adventure game that heavily features stealth and tactical shooter mechanics. You traverse levels finding switches to open gates all of the while avoiding being shot at from guards whose sole mission is to kill you and your sister. On top of the stealth and shooting mechanics you have the ability to freeze time and take control of an enemy within a certain radius of your position. When you control the guard you can use him to shoot at other guards or to execute him. Be careful, however, because if you’re in control of the guard when he dies you will lose a percentage of your own health.

I would argue that more skilled gamers will find the game to be relatively simple. However, for your average gamer the game’s difficulty might be a minor concern at the beginning of the game. However, as most good strategy games rely on, you will need to development and implement strategies throughout the course of the game. The tutorial teaches you the basic moves and controls that you will be utilizing throughout the game and then just as suddenly throws you in at the deep end. Some may see this as a negative but I, for one, really appreciated this. The sooner that you throw a player in the sooner they have to learn to swim or otherwise they sink. This is the perfect game to do that with. It was an intelligent game design decision.

There have been critical complaints about the game’s poor control system. However, Overcurfew have added full controller support in their recent update which has improved it immensely. I would argue that the game is much easier to play with a controller and would recommend it rather than relying on keyboard and mouse. The developers have stated as much in the game update notice going as far as recommending the use of a PS4 controller as the best controller for the game. I, however, have utilized my trusty Xbox One controller and have found that there is no issues there. However, I would recommend one thing to the devs in their next patch. Please fix the tutorial for those who will be using controller. Presently the tutorial only details the mouse and keyboard controls for the game which means that the player has to go to a convoluted control menu to see what the corresponding key is. This will be a little bit of work to determine what controller everyone is using but it will be worth it and increase the game’s accessibility.

I do have an appreciation for the game’s artistic flair. Another Steam reviewer, fantis6 described it best when they wrote that the game looks like an oil painting. It’s a highlight of the game. When combining the isometric nature of the game with the artistic flair I am reminded of Transistor. Yes, they are two very different games but the similarities are definitely there. The soundtrack is rock solid and I can see many people purchasing the soundtrack. For music fans or collectors of soundtrack edition games I would recommend taking full advantage of the game plus soundtrack bundle especially at the current 35% discount.

Tidal Affair: Before the Storm is a great indie game that will appeal to fans of isometric stealth games and female antagonists.

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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Tidal Affair mostly feels unfinished; it had potential but that potential doesn't seem have been realised.

There's a strange mishmash of conflicting art resolutions. Detailed crates sit next to stretched roof top images. Sharp edged plants are drawn in with mostly blurry soft trees. The screenshots and video look good in low resolutions but even something as low as Standard Defintion easily shows how inconsitent the imagery is. Push anything higher than High Definition and the Tidal Affair starts looking pretty bad.

There are compression artifacts and bad alpha blending on some of the textures that are disturbingly amateur. Some objects layering appears to be incorrect with the bottoms of tree trunks appearing on top of folliage that should be infront.

The levels are large but sparesly populated. The puzzles consit mostly of running back and forth through the silly make-work mazes rather than being cerebrally challenging. There is button pushing, so much button pushing.

The combat is strange with Manisha sometimes being a bullet sponge and sometimes just keeling over and dying. The health bar is largely pointelss as individual map roaming enemies do little damage but the elite guards swamp and kill her easilly. The umbrella - which she pulls out of her leg - seems to do several times more damage than any bullets.

There are many instant environmental deaths. The comic falls onto beach sand or water just beneath her feet, exploding into beef gibs when pricked by a spike. And. Well there are many environmental deaths just nor many variations.

The stealth is also a bit hit-and-miss. There have been occasions where Manisha has been crouched but still spotted when she really shouldn't have been. Not that it usually matters: being detected doesn't carry much penalty, except when the elite commando squads decide to investigate.

The mind control portion of the game is not quite right. The tedious approach of suiciding single guards is far safer than trying to setup scenarios where the 'best' guard can take the others down. Don't get swamped, give Manisha space to run away and there's no real challenge.

Lastly the animations are slidy and stilted. Achievments are given despite failing those achievements. The menus and interface are... bad. And the cut scenes and dialogue are even worse.

It's a pity, but there's not much going for Tidal Affair. If you want a mind controlling stealth game then play Abe's Oddesy instead.
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12 of 24 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
Introduction
Tidal Affair is a stealth adventure game that immerses you in the midst of conflict between pirates, rebels, and what governs the islands of Alter Tides.

Points of interest
  • +Gameplay is fun and engaging- solve puzzles to progress, sneak past guards, or use your abilties to subdue your enemies

  • +Mechanics are well made for the most part (wall of text incoming!!!)- there are several differeant factors: The first is the puppet ability, which allows the player to take control of hostiles and use them to kill other enemies, or make them commit suicide. Secondly, patches can be obtained along your way which allow you to perform various helpful actions which all tie into the puppet ability (Excecute controlled entity with no cool down, control entity without space limits, steal health, load headshot instantly, and switch places with the controlled entity). Lastly, you are given an umbrella thingy which is your main weapon. It may not be the strongest, but if you sucessfully sneak behind an enemy and hit them, it becomes an insta-kill.

  • +Art style is very appealing in cutscenes and in-game- appears to be hand painted. Overall I like the art style that the developers decided to implement into this game, it suits it well.

  • +Levels are challenging and take time to complete- if you play through all of them, you will surely get your money's worth from this game.

  • -Cutscenes and voice acting are both a bit clunky. Although this does not take away much from the game, it is definitely noticeable.

  • -Controls are not the best and feel akward at times.

Final Thoughts
An action/stealth game that requires strategy and persistence. Recommended for any fan of stealth, strategy, action, and adventure games.
A splendid way to spend time. 8/10
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
Video:
http://dai.ly/x3ibup3

Tidal Affair is simply a game of the highest quality!
The fusion of gameplay tactical / action is really well implemented, graphic style very nice to see.
It is a stealth game where you can choose, how to complete the level, and there are a infinity of ways to escape or kill enemies!
In short it is a game that manages to entertain very much, the developers have created a little gem!
I recommend it very much!
(Below is the Italian full review)

Tidal Affair è un gioco stealth di avventura in stile Action-GDR.
Immergiti nel mezzo del confilitto tra pirati e ribelli e cerca di conquistare le isole di Alter Tides!

Feature:

- Stile Artistisco di alta qualità
- Gameplay tattico ma al contempo dinamico!
- Storia interessante
- Achievement di Steam


Parere personale:

Tidal Affair è semplicemente un gioco di altissima qualità!
La fusione di un gameplay tattico/action è veramente ben implementata, stile grafico molto bello da vedere.
Si tratta di un gioco stealth dove puoi scegliere tu, come completare il livelli, e ci sono un infinità di modi per fuggire o uccidere i nemici!

Insomma è un gioco che riesce a divertire veramente tanto, gli sviluppatori hanno creato un piccolo gioiello!
Lo consiglio veramente tanto!

Voto:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=549021794
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25 of 52 people (48%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 1, 2015
I was supplied with this key by the developer, this however did not affect the review. All my developer sponsored reviews are positive because I review games that I like!

Tidal Affair: Before The Storm
Tidal Affair is a unique stealth game. Sneak around these levels, dodge traps, and mind control your enemies. Run around the island assassinating gaurds, controlling enemies and make them shoot themselves or fight the other gaurds. Solve puzzles and fight your way through each and every level.

Pros
  • Puzzles to solve.
  • Traps and gaurds to avoid.
  • Control your enemies and lead them to their doom.
  • Sneak around avoiding gaurds and assassinate them.




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