I’m not exactly the best when it comes to stealth games, but Isometric (i.e. top down) games I grew up with, so there’s a distinct possibility that I might be able to play Mimimi Productions’ latest without dying consistently. Maybe.

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun sets itself around the Edo period, where you play as five different kinds of characters to sneak your way through enemy strongholds, snowy mountains monasteries and massive castles without being detected. In true stealth fashion, you can complete your objectives in many different ways. Sounds easy enough, but you’ll need your wits about you to engage the threats and use each character’s unique abilities to get by.

One of the leaders of this team is Hayato, an agile ninja, who clears the way through his enemies silently, with his sword and shuriken. Samurai Mugen prefers a more powerful approach and can defeat more fiends at one time, but thus also forfeiting flexibility. Aiko is a master of camouflage when she distracts enemies disguised as a Geisha. And the street child Yuki places traps and decoys enemies towards their deadly fate. The mysterious marksman Takuma however, relies on his sniper rifle and takes care of the enemies from a distance.

Courtesy the Shadow Tactics Steam Page

Shadow Tactics just hit Steam this week, courtesy of Daedalic Entertainment, and will be ported to both Xbox One and PS4 next year. There’s also a pretty cool collector’s edition on Amazon that includes an art book and yes, I believe that’s chopsticks, though just be careful of any import costs if you do decide to go for it. It’s a big jump from Mimimi’s last game, The Last Tinker, but it looks gorgeous. You can check it out on Steam right here.

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